Indian National Finals Rodeo
Indian National Finals Rodeo
Champion Biography

Dallas Keith Louden

Dallas Keith Louden

2009 Tie Down Roping Champion

Age at time of Championship
:  30
Marital Status:  Married
Family:  Eleisha, Carissa, Braden, and Blair James
Home Town:  Martin, South Dakota
Native American Heritage:  Oglala Sioux
INFR Events Worked:  Tie Down Roping

Horse name?  
“Dice (I rode Mark Cuny's horse for the 2009 INFR).  During the regular season I rode my own: Bluefrost (This horse is my A-Team, I rode him at the GPIRA Finals to win the average) and Dunny (his 1st season was in 2009, won 4 rodeos and 2 calf roping jackpots on him).”

How important is it to you to have won an INFR Championship? 
“VERY IMPORTANT!  This is awesome; I have wanted this title since the 1st
INFR that I qualified for.”

What is your most memorable run at the 2009 INFR?
“It would have to be the 4th round; coming into that last calf I was seated 3rd.  Knowing this it was a game plan of "get across the line and get it on!"  I drew a calf that was average and I was happy with that. Everything fell into place and I left Las Vegas a World Champion!”

Who has been your biggest influence in Indian Rodeo? 
“It would have to be Howard Hunter from Kyle SD.  My dad was rodeoing at
the same time as Howard.  Dad talked about the horses he rode and yet today he
compares Saddle Bronc riders to Howard.”

What are the benefits of INFR rodeos for you? 
“I think the benefits of INFR Rodeos for me, is the people I meet and talk with.  Also at every rodeo there is something to learn from, whether within your run or by watching others.”

Rodeo Accomplishments
SDRA Finals Qualifier
NRCA Finals Qualifier
PRCA cardholder
2009 INFR World Champion Tie Down Roper

Dallas would like to thank, “My family: Mom and Dad (The greatest influence on me, my horses, and rodeo): my sisters: Steph and family, Dawn and family, Grandma and Grandpa.  Also my friends within the GPIRA and traveling partners: Lee Hicks and Jeremy Ferguson.  A big thank you to Bill Ricketts for all the great talks and the runs in the barn; that really showed me what I can do, and also for Bluefrost.  Thank you to Mark Cuny for the opportunity to ride Dice, truly an awesome calf horse!  Last, but certainly not least: My wife and kids, thank you for the support and believing in me, telling me that I am capable of winning, no matter where I go.  Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart, this World Championship is not only for me, but all of you as well.”