There is an old saying: Those who cannot do teach. But, for eight-time Champion Steer Wrestler Clayton Tuchscherer (pronounced too-shearer), nothing could be further from the truth. This three-time Dodge National and eight-time Turquoise Circuit Finalist, as well as two-time Turquoise Circuit Finals Average Winner teaches steer wrestling to community college, high school and special education rodeo students when he’s not traveling the rodeo circuit.
Thirty-year-old Clayton gives credit for his early interest in rodeo to his grandfather, whom he calls “… a real honest-to-gosh working cowboy,” and with being his role model through life. “My grandfather was very supportive and had some really good horses. He was an all-around ranch hand… I like nice horses because of him.”
Currently residing in Las Cruces New Mexico, Clayton – a Tucson native — started going to gymkhanas at a very young age. “From there we started going to junior rodeos and then to high school rodeos. My mother took me everywhere.” Tuchscherer says that Wayne Jennings and Dick Aronson were, for him, “the most influential cowboys that have helped me get to the competitive level I’m at today.”
Clayton hauls two Quarter Horses: a bulldogging horse named RAVEN and a hazer named CRICKET. Although he didn’t train either of his current competition horses, “I have had several horses in the past that I competed on and trained.”
When not traveling the Rodeo circuit with his girlfriend Kaci Malouff (a break-away roper, team roper, and barrel racer) or running his road grading company, Clayton – a self-avowed homebody — hangs out with his friends and two dogs – a Jack Russell named Dolly and a Border Collie named Hope.
But for Clayton Tuchscherer, Rodeo is his passion. A member of both the PRCA and the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association, Clayton says, “There are only two things I do… work and rodeo. I love going to different cities and meeting all kinds of people… Just going down the road with either my girlfriend Kaci or my friends.”