Tie-down roping rookie Haven Meged on the rise
“Let your idol become your rival,” is a quote directly from 21-year-old rising star, Haven Meged, who is living this today! Meged is a tie-down roping rookie hot on the rodeo trail who received his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) card in 2019. At 21, he has had the opportunity to compete against his own personal idol, Trevor Brazile. Trevor Brazile is a 24-time world champion roper. With the break-out year Haven is having, he might achieve this someday too! For now, his sights are set on winning a gold buckle this December in Las Vegas, at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Haven is having an amazing rookie year; winning the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Puyallup in Washington, Days of 76 Rodeo in Deadwood, Miles City Rodeo in Montana and the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano! Hailing from Miles City Montana and a competitor in the Montana Circuit, he travels to about 130-140 rodeos a year. In 2019, after winning the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo, he earned his first trip to the Sunshine State to compete in the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, FL, where he walked away with the national title! A few great firsts for sure!
Unlike many other contestants or cowboys, Haven Meged didn’t grow up in the sport of rodeo. “My dad, Bart Meged, grew up showing cattle, and my mom, Misty, grew up on a ranch. I had friends who rodeoed and enjoyed it. It was because of them I really got my start.” Haven started out in little kid rodeo competitions that eventually grew into real competitions for much larger paychecks. “I showed animals in 4-H. I saved my money from 4-H, and when I was in eighth grade, I bought my first Quarter Horse named Rev, from steer wrestler Ty Erikson. I love ropes, and I love horses. On the weekends, I was excited to leave home, rope, and be with my friends.”
In tie-down roping, the clock starts when the cowboy nods his head. The clock continues to tick as the rider leaves the barrier, ropes the calf, and stops only when he throws his hands in the air signaling he is done. The fastest time amongst all participants wins! Horsemanship and having a special bond with your horse is extremely important in this event. “You have to be great on a horse. You have to know what to do to keep the horse sharp, going day in and day out. Your horse has to know you too. If you are jumping off a horse moving 20 miles an hour, you both need to be in sync with each other.”
Today, Haven is currently competing on his 9-year-old mare, an American Quarter Horse named Beyonce’. “My other horse has been injured this summer so I’ve only been competing on Beyonce’.” You can catch this duo in action next at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. “Whether I am entering the arena in Kissimmee or Vegas, it’s no different. I always tell myself score, ride, and rope. You do the best you can with the draw you have.”
We wish our reigning tie-down roping champion, Haven Meged, the best of luck as he travels to Las Vegas in hopes of winning a gold buckle! We look forward to seeing him back in Kissimmee next spring!