2021 World Champion
Hometown: Waycross, GA AGE: 39
Justin Thigpen is one of the most decorated cowboys in IPRA history. Thigpen has 19 IFR qualifications to his credit. At the end of IFR52, Justin added 2 more world titles to his resume in the steer wrestling and the tie-down roping bringing the total to 6 steer wrestling world titles and 10 tie-down world titles and 4 all-around cowboy titles.
“My boys are what keeps me motivated, they want to go, so we keep going,” said Thigpen.
“They are all about it, Slade is 8 and he’s into the entertainment part of rodeo, Trent is 6 and he’s the all-around guy, he wants to ride saddle broncs. It’s fun watching them grow up working on doing the things they love.”
Of all the timed events Justin works, the tie-down roping is both his favorite and the one he says is the hardest. “You have to keep your horses tuned up and ready,” he said. “We have about 40 head of horses at the house that you can rope and run barrels on.”
“I’m thinking of putting on a few more rodeos and bull ridings this year and staying a little closer to home. I normally put on about 10 events a year, but I may try to up the number this year. I’ve also been riding some outside horses.”