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RETURN TO LATEST NEWSMason Carter, a family member of the Duvall dynasty of steer wrestling, competes at the 2012 International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. The Checotah, Okla. youth plans on continuing his pro rodeo career after high school is over.


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Oklahoma cowboy represents family at youth rodeo

Shawnee, Okla. (July 13, 2012) – When your granddad, your great-uncles and your cousins are legendary in the sport of steer wrestling, you’re probably destined to do the same.

And if your last name is Duvall, you’re probably going to be a steer wrestler.

And even though Mason Carter’s last name isn’t Duvall, his mama is Roy Duvall’s daughter, so steer wrestling was the only option.

As Mason puts it, “they wouldn’t have liked it as much if I had wanted to ride bulls.”

Mason, a 16 year old cowboy who lives in Checotah, Okla., is competing in the steer wrestling and tie-down roping at this year’s International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. He also competes in the Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association, the Texhoma Junior Rodeo Association, and at jackpot steer wrestlings. This is his second year at the IFYR.

He’s had some of the best teachers a young bulldogger can have. His grandpa Roy and Roy’s brother Bill have instructed him, as well as Bill’s sons, Sam and Spud.

Mason also counts Kurt Butler as one of his teachers. Butler is the father of his team roping partner, Baylor, who also lives in Checotah.

Mason and Baylor both got Mohawks as part of a bet, and Baylor said, if he got one, Mason had to get one and bleach it blond. So he did, but Mason dyed it back to brown, because “I didn’t like it.”

After high school, Mason plans on going straight into the pro rodeo ranks, competing in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association alongside his cousin, Riley Duvall.

Mason’s parents are Robert and Hayley Covington. He has two younger sisters, Baylee, age nine, and Madyx, age five.

Results from the second go-round at the International Finals Youth Rodeo are attached. The rodeo’s short go-round takes place tonight, where the top fifteen qualify. More than $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the 2012 IFYR champions. Bloomer Trailers will award a horse trailer to the boys all-around champion and the girls all-around champion. For more information, visit www.IFYR.com or call 405.323.0177.