Derrick James Begay
2013 Team Roping Champion - HeaderAge at time of Championship: 30
From: Seba Dalkai, a small community on the Navajo Reservation, it is 50 miles north of Winslow, Arizona.
Resides: When I’m not on the road I am at home in Seba Dalkai. When I am on the road I reside wherever my living quarter is parked.
Tribal Affiliation: 99.9% Navajo – I am proud to be Native American!
Education: Graduated for Winslow High School in 2001, Home of the Bulldogs and attended Northland Pioneer College where I obtained an Associate Degree in Industrial Arts.
Events Worked: Team Roping but deep down inside I really wish I was a saddle bronc rider!
INFR Qualifications: 6
World Titles Won: 1
Best Memory of the 2013 INFR: I finally accomplished my very first goal that I set as a little kid and it was even better to win it with my uncle James.
Personal Information: Dad – Victor Begay; Mom – Myrtle Begay; Sisters – Jaime and Brittany.
Nickname(s): I guess I was never cool enough for a nickname.
Pet(s): A dog - Emma
Pet peeve(s): Rude people and losing my dally.
Favorite Food: My Mom’s cooking, Cracker barrel, Texas Road House, Outback, Waffle House, What A Burger, IHOP, and In and Out Burger.
Favorite Sports Team: I try to cheer for the under dogs!
Favorite Sport Other Than Rodeo: Basketball
Favorite Movie(s): Lonesome Dove, The Cowboys, Young Guns, & Dances with Wolves
Favorite Music: Traditional
Most Influential Person(s): My Parents
Favorite Athlete: Kaycee Field, Trevor Knowles, Cody Wright, Sherry Cervi, JB Mauney, JW Harris, Clay O’ Brien Cooper, and Kobe Bryant
Something People Don't Know About You: I can’t swim.
Hobbies: Roping, Hunting, Fishing, Cooking, Sitting around visiting, and Eating.
Favorite Rodeo: The NFR, Pendleton, Cheyenne and Salinas – But just about any rodeo you win at is a favorite!
Lucky Rodeo: The next one.
Achievements: Making the NFR
Special Thanks – I would like to give a special thanks to my family for making me who I am today.