In 1999, months after graduating from high school, Cash Myers hit the professional rodeo trail. By the end of the year, he won not only his share of rodeos, but the all-around, overall and steer wrestling Resistol Rookie of the Year categories.
“I didn’t have any other plans other than being a professional cowboy since I was 8 or 9 years old,” he said. “That whole year was a learning curve, but because of my dad and my brother being out there, it was a place where I felt like I belonged. My biggest memory was coming right out of high school, being unproven and hoping I had what it takes and then being able to accomplish the goal.”
Myers went on to qualify for seven Wrangler National Finals Rodeos and six National Finals of Steer Roping. In 2002, he was the reserve world champion steer wrestler and in 2007, the reserve world champion steer roper.
Along the way, he won rodeos large and small from the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rodeo in Fort Worth. Yet, through it all, he kept on wearing—and still wears—his All-Around Resistol Rookie of Year buckle.
“I think it goes back to when I was a little kid. My brother won the rookie of the year when I was 9 years old,” he said of his older brother, Rope, who won the award in overall and steer wrestling rookie of the year buckles in 1992. “I made a goal then to be the rookie of the year, so it’s a sentimental reason and it’s a tradition, too. The Resistol Rookie of the Year--for anybody who wants to rodeo in the PRCA when they’re starting out--that’s one of their first goals.”
After 10 years of full-time competition, Myers stepped back to spend more time with his family: sons, Strait and Ketch, and daughter, Westi, although he still enters qualifiers for the Elite Rodeo Athletes and The American as well as the Cinch Timed-Event Championship and some local rodeos.
“My kiddos are junior rodeoing and playing football and some other sports, so I do that mostly,” he said of his free time. “I work the chutes and ride and train horses for them. Athens is a great place to rodeo out of—now it’s just junior rodeos.”
He’s also running the horse program for Champion Ranch in Athens. In addition to private lessons, clinics and events he rides and trains their horses.
“I’ve been here about six months,” he said. “They built a really nice facility. It’s a pretty ranch, they run a bunch of cattle, and I kind of manage their horse side of things. I’ve got a couple of steer roping horses I’ve started. If they come along I might go to some steer ropings.”