ROY — Earlier this week, MTN Sports shared the story of Carson “Tuf” Patten, a 20-year-old Lewistown cowboy born with Down syndrome who dreamed of competing as a team roper. Sunday he got his chance.

Patten and his roping partner, Shawn “Tater” Erickson, lined up alongside several current and former professional stars at the Roy Open Rodeo – and gave it a shot in front of hundreds of supportive friends. And while the run didn’t end with a catch, it didn’t matter. Carson’s turn at the Roy Rodeo was a smashing success.

He walked out of the arena with a belt buckle as a true grand champion, one who worked hard and never gave up on his dream. Carson is already planning to enter next year’s rodeo as well.

MTN Sports will have more with Carson and his supportive fans, friends and family later this week.