Shawn Minor insists he is not chasing former Edmond cowboy Dan Dailey's record of 29 world championships in the International Professional Rodeo Association.
The former Weatherford bronc rider might not be chasing Dailey, but he might catch him anyway.
Minor, a former rodeo cowboy for Southwestern Oklahoma State University, claimed his 19th, 20th and 21st gold buckles at the International Finals Rodeo, which concluded Sunday in State Fair Arena.
Minor, 38, won his ninth all-around title and eighth in a row, his eighth bareback riding championship and his fourth saddle bronc crown in the IPRA, which is awarded to the top money earner overall and in each event during the season.
It was the second time in his career that Minor won all three titles in the same season. The other time occurred in 2009.
He is now only eight shy of tying Dailey's record for the most championships ever in the IPRA, but Minor said it's not something he's trying to do.
“People ask me that a lot, but it's not a goal for me,” said the Camden, Ohio, cowboy. “My goal is to get on the next horse and hope to win some money.”
It was Minor's 11th consecutive appearance in the IFR and his best performance ever. He won the average in the bareback riding and finished third in the saddle bronc event.
It was the first time Minor won an average at the IFR. He also was the top money winner in the rodeo, earning $15,005 over the weekend.
“That's just a new little notch in my belt,” Minor said. “This is one of the best finals I ever had.”
The Nebraska born cowboy says he never makes it a goal to win a world title at the beginning of a rodeo season. Cowboys that do usually buckle under the pressure of such lofty expectations, he said.
“You get to thinking about world titles and stuff like that and it gets in your mind and you don't think about nothing else and you will get screwed up from it,” he said.
“Rodeo is such a mental game that if you get to thinking too far into things, you are going to set yourself up for failure.
“The only pressure I put on myself is I want to ride the next horse the best I possibly can. Then, at the end of the road, if that takes me to a world title, then I did my job.”
Minor, however, admits that catching Dailey would be quite the achievement. Dailey won 17 all-around titles, 11 saddle bronc championships and one steer wrestling crown from 1976 to 1995.
“That would be kind of a prestigious deal to beat his record,” he said.