Terry Rhodes

Terry Rhodes

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:58

Russell Friend

Russell Friend is just starting his fourth year in the Senior Pro association, but he has established himself as a leader, as someone actively promoting the association, and as a top competitor. He has won the Reserve World Champion Bull Riding title for the last three years. He is the representative for the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association and works to insure that rodeo schedules between the two associations mesh. “I represent Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo at the NSPRA board meetings and essentially act as a conduit of information between the two. This function has been quite important in the last six months with all the changes that have taken place in the NSPRA.”
    Russell got started in rodeo after the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. “I was on the Canadian Olympic team competing in wrestling and was asked if I wanted to ride bulls. That was back when the bull riding only events were just starting. I had a lot of success early on here in Canada and took off from there. I was 25 at the time and I set a goal of being able to enter and compete at the best rodeos on earth. And going hand-in-glove with that, I wanted to say I had gotten on some of the best bulls around. That was a pretty cool time.” He was a “carded athlete” in Canada and as such received medical, tuition, and a stipend to train, but the financial reward possible in bull riding far outweighed the government’s support.
    The lifestyle of elite Olympic athletes is best described as Spartan; no fast food, never a drink, and pure diligence to a training regimen. “There were several years where I went without any fast food. With bull riding, I could have a cheeseburger once in awhile; I could have camaraderie with other rodeo athletes, and I get paid based on my own success! And I enjoyed bull riding!”
    He has enjoyed the travel associated with rodeo and compares it to his life as an Olympic athlete. “I’ve traveled all over the world competing in wrestling but I couldn’t tell you much about the people or locations other than the airport and the gym. With rodeo I can stop and meet people and see the country. I love that.”
    Attitude in bull riding is critical as Russell explains, “The guy that wants to ‘ride bulls’ is different from the guy who wants to be a ‘bull rider’. The guy who wants to be a ‘bull rider’ is always looking to improve and learn more about the sport. The guy that wants to ‘ride bulls’, is accepting what he’s given.” Russell spends hours in keeping himself fit and ready to compete. “You have to be fit. You have to have core strength and fantastic balance.” He uses his wrestling skills to keep himself ready for bull riding. As a testament to his discipline to conditioning, Russell just won his 18th Provincial Wrestling Championship at age 43, against all age competitors. “No other wrestler has won 18 Provincial titles in Canada. Wrestling puts your body in positions that test your core strength and balance.” His philosophy about training is that if he’s working out early in the morning or late at night, there’s a good chance your competition is not. He strongly believes in the adage, “The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.” Russell is grateful to all the cowboys he competes against, “Those guys push everyone to do more preparation and ride better.”
    He makes his home in Irrcana, Alberta with his wife Jennifer and son, Cash. Between bull riding events, Russell operates an oil field fencing company. He is also the president of the newly formed Bull Riders Canada, (www.bullriderscanada.ca) the largest bull riding organization in Canada.

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:05

Robby Farias

Robby Farias has been a member of the association for the last two years and also competes in the PRCA, World Series Team Roping, and USTRC. He likes going to the Rocky Mountain events because he knows he can count on good cattle and a short score. “It’s mostly local guys with some out-of-state guys. They are always fun rodeos that are fast paced.” Most often Robby ropes heads and is rated as a 7 header; 8 heeler in the USTRC books.
    Robby got started team roping when he was 14 years old with the help of his dad and uncle, Ross Farias. “They both rodeoed for a living for a while and were both real good ropers. I competed in high school rodeo for one year in Hawaii and then went into the pro rodeos. I team roped quite a bit in Hawaii; jackpots and US ropings.”
    Born and raised in Hawaii, the 21-year-old roper now makes his home in Decatur, Texas after moving from Spanish Fork, Utah. “I moved from Hawaii to Utah when I was 17. I’m living at Allen Bach’s place now and doing a lot of roping and work with Allen. He definitely knows what it takes to get to the Finals and he has helped me a bunch.” His present situation matches up perfectly with one of Robby’s long term goals which is to one day make the NFR and he is getting some insight and lessons from one of the best in the game. But he knows the NFR doesn’t come easy and he is planning on making an all out effort to get to 75-plus rodeos to make that goal a reality.
    When Robby is getting ready to make that fast run, he takes time to be sure everything is right. “I really think about the score a lot. I make sure my horse is standing straight; when he’s standing straight, I know that he’ll come out right. It may take two or three times to get him set right, but I want everything right before I nod my head.” He knows that as with any timed event, his horse is crucial to his success. “I think I have a really good horse and I can get out really good on him.  He’s 22 years old and I’ve been riding him since I was 15. When you get out right, you don’t have to reach so much.” Being consistent is important to Robby and he makes sure he does everything the same way every time, including the black glove. “I always wear a black glove. They’re kind of hard to find, but I always make sure I’ve got one. That may be a little bit over the top, but I like to get into the groove.”
    His parents are Bob and Tobi Farias and he has a sister, Rachael. He says that his father has been his biggest influence. “He’s the one that really got me started and taught me everything I know about roping. He always made sure I had good horses to ride, made sure I was doing things right, getting plenty of time to practice.” 

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:35

Brad Sintek

There just aren’t enough second chances in life. But for many members of the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association, they are getting their second chance at rodeo life and competition. Due to the twists and turns in one’s life, many have had to forego rodeo in their prime adult years to attend to careers, families, and the demands of everyday life. They didn’t have the opportunity to compete as they would have liked to. Now, in the years after 40, they find that the time and resources are there for them to pursue a dream they thought might have escaped them.
    So it is with Brad Sintek.
     At 56, with daughters raised and on their own, a successful career well established, he’s now ready to ‘crack out’ on his second rodeo career. “I used to rodeo when I was younger but stopped when I was either 33 or 34. We had two young kids; I had my business to work, so I had to give up on rodeo. It has always been something that I have wanted to come back and do but never had the opportunity until recently. Every time I’d go to a rodeo, I’d dream about doing it but never thought it would happen.”
    Complicating the issue of making a rodeo comeback was overcoming health problems and weight gain. “I thought I was past ever being able to rodeo again because of health problems. My whole family went through a dark spell; my wife had cancer for a second time, then almost died from a blood infection caused by the chemo. I had cancer, my heart quit and I have a pacemaker now. My youngest daughter was in a real bad car wreck. This was while I was in my early 50’s. Everyone is healthy now but I did gain some weight that I had to lose.”
    In the spring of 2013, Brad experienced a life-changing epiphany of sorts. “In May of 2013 I did some soul searching and went on a mission to get back in shape. This went so well, one day in mid-summer while walking across my pasture, it dawned on me that I might be able to go back and ride again. I made this a mission, to get back in shape again. I had been thinking about a rodeo comeback for a month before I said anything about it to anyone. I wanted to mull this over and really be sure of what I was doing. I talked with my wife and she was very supportive. I’m a general manager of a company, and I went and talked to the owner about it and he was okay with it. I think he’d be my traveling partner if he could.” The next step for Brad was to check in with his doctors. “I didn’t want to do anything stupid, so I really needed to get their advice and I did get green lights, for the most part. After that, I made the decision to do it.”
    With a firm commitment to make his rodeo comeback, Brad accelerated his conditioning program. “On top of working out an hour-plus-a-day, six days a week, I started working with a personal trainer two days a week. I wanted to be as physically ready and prepared as I could be. I had been doing low impact and cardio work and then, under the direction of the trainer, I started working on strength and agility.”
    To reassure himself that riding saddle broncs was not a bad idea, he enrolled in a Sankey rodeo school that he attended in December of 2013. “I needed to make sure this was still a good idea and see if I could do it. It didn’t go great there, but it didn’t go terrible either. With each horse I got on, it got better. I came away still wanting to do it so I continued my work to get in shape.”
    Brad used his creativity and engineering skills to build a mechanical bucking horse to further his training. “I don’t have any way to get on practice horses here so I did some research to see what was available and decided that I would come up with my own version that more closely mimics the way a horse bucks. It runs off the PTO of my tractor and I get my wife to run it for me.”
    Brad and his wife, Becky (Rebecca) both grew up in Wyoming and now live outside Sandy, Ore. Their two daughters are Kaci and Brittany (Hull). Becky is involved in showing Red Angus cattle. “She has a 4-H group and she puts on livestock events at our place and I help out where I can.”
    Brad says that he draws inspiration from his grandfather, Elmer Irene. “He was just one of those guys you liked being around. He was a tremendous cowboy, he was known as being great pickup man, and he just always enjoyed life. I’ve always tried to take a page out his book for my own and be like him.” Brad says that his grandfather taught him that attitude is a choice and he explains, “You can chose whatever attitude you want to have, but having a good one is the right choice.”
    His next rodeo will at Wickenburg February 14 – 16 and he says that his goal is to, “…ride the next horse I get on and ride him right. That’s as far as I have planned. But I am going to go as many Senior Pro rodeos as I can and hopefully some in Canada.”

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:09

Afton Caldwell

Afton Caldwell has been in the Rocky Mountain association for four years and competes at the timed event end of the arena in the steer wrestling, team roping, and calf roping. He likes the RMPRA  and the way the rodeos are organized. “The staff is friendly and easy to work with and the rodeos are close to home so you can get to a lot of their rodeos. The atmosphere is always friendly and fun. I get to 20 to 30 rodeos a year.” He also holds a card in the PRCA.
    Afton, 26, has grown up in a rodeo family that lives the life and passes it on to next generation. “My grandpa roped calves and rodeoed quit a bit; he’s the one that taught me how to rope calves. My dad has trained horses and raised horses for years. So we do this all as a family.”Afton says that his father was a big factor in his development. “He has supported us as much as we wanted to put into it. He’s been behind us all the way. I’m the oldest of seven and most of us rodeo. With all he has done in helping me with rodeo and the horses, he is without a doubt my biggest influence.”
    He began competing in his first rodeos as a youngster in the Utah Junior Rodeo Association and moved up through the high school and college associations. “I was pretty successful in high school rodeo in all the timed events. I won the state title in steer wrestling my senior year. After high school, I rodeoed for Howard College for a year, and then for Utah Valley University for three years.” His area of study is finance and he’s closing in on completion of his degree.
    Preparation for nodding his head starts with keeping a high level of confidence in his own abilities. “Just knowing and believing that you are the most prepared competitor for the run, gives you an advantage. That gives me a peace of mind that will result in the best run I can make. I really like the competition and striving for that first place win is what keeps me going. Just doing it for fun doesn’t interest me.”
    Afton and his wife, Karli make their home on the family farm in Lehi, Utah. Karli is a dental hygenist while Afton works on the family ranch. “We bought a ranch that Wilford Brimley built back in the day, Clementine Farms. I’m training a lot of young horses now and there are always chores and work that needs to be done.”
    His parents are Lee and Jamie Caldwell. “Dad runs a private high school and Mom has been a stay-at-home mom, and with seven of us that has kept her more than busy.” His younger siblings are Sunni, Sadie, Wyatt, Thane, Hanna, and Clara.
    Leisure time for Afton includes some golf, hunting or fishing. Goals for the future are to continue to rodeo, train horses, and to begin building his financial planning career. Afton’s philosophy about life is to keep God and family above all and, “…everything else will take care of itself.”

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:45

Goober Snider

Goober Snider is one of the co-event directors for steer wrestling and has been in the Mid-States Rodeo Association for five years. Goober acquired his name from his parents. “It’s actually a nickname. I was born on the same day as my dad’s best friend that had that nickname too. So I have been called Goober since I was really little and it’s stuck with me.” His given name? Kent.
    As event director, he makes sure the cattle are right for the rodeo, the arena score is set up right, and any issues brought up by competitors are addressed and resolved. For Goober the Mid-States organization is just right and says, “All the rodeos are close and the people you meet are great. They are just good events to go rodeo at. I’ll get to about 30 rodeos each year. But because of my school schedule I sometimes have to work around that.” Besides competing in Mid-States, Goober is a member of NSRA and NIRA.
    He is attending Dodge City Community College where he is about to complete his degree in ag management. “This is my third year in school; I already have an associate’s of science in welding. I have a rodeo scholarship and that helps out a lot with the cost of college.”
    Goober owes his start in rodeo to his brother, Monte. “We used to show cattle when I was young, but when Monte was old enough to start high school rodeo, he talked our folks into letting him get started and I picked it up too. He’s two years older and has been my biggest influence. Monte was the state high school heading in 2009.”
    When it’s time to compete, Goober has a system he puts into play. “It’s about slowing down, doing the basics correct, and reacting to the run. I have a lot of ‘try’ and that keeps me competitive.” Just to be sure the mojo is good, you won’t find him putting his cowboy hat on the bed or carrying any 50 dollar bills. But most importantly, he says, “Don’t wear a belt buckle for a week after you win it. It’s bad luck to put them on too soon so I don’t chance it.” From his good friend and mentor, Steve McKay takes the adage, “Trust your pilot and respect your monkey.”
    Goober is quick to acknowledge the help he has received from family and friends. “There are lots of people that have helped me. First, my brother, he’s helped me out with my horsemanship, and life in general. My parents have always supported and encouraged me in what I do. Steve and Jace MacKay, Taylor Davis, Loren Gorsuch, have all helped me a lot. I’d like to thank my rodeo coach, Kent Crouch, for all he has done for me.”
    The 21-year-old bull dogger is the youngest of the family and along with his brother, Monte, has two sisters, Cara and Randi. His parents are Alan and Kathy Snider. Goober claims Bartlett, Neb. as his home and travels between home and school, a six-hour drive away. “I have a house in Dodge City that I stay at, my brother and I live there together.”
    During the week Goober is carrying 14 credit-hours at school, practicing with rodeo team after school, and working part time at the stockyards. Goals for the future are to continue to rodeo, make it to the CNF, and moving back to Bartlett after his college is complete. 

Friday, 21 March 2014 09:14

Lyle Kathrein

At age 45, he has at least four more years to repeat his championship titles that he claimed in 2013. Those titles are the World Champion All Around, the Reserve World Champion Tie Down roper, and the Reserve World Champion Ribbon Roper, all in the 40’s age class. The 2013 rodeo season was Lyle Kathrein’s first year in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association. Not bad for a ‘rookie’ year. It was his second year in the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association and he finished on top of the 40’s tie down roping and ribbon roping there, too.
He talks about his 2013 season, “That’s the first time I was able to really compete for those kinds of titles and it was quite an honor for me. Things just sort of came together for me and I had a really good horse and that’s a big part of it. It was really neat to be competing in the ribbon roping with my wife; she was my runner and did great. I was quite happy with it, for sure.” He is quick to give credit to his horse and says that without a good horse he would not have been able to achieve all that he has. He looks at the conformation of a horse first then the papers and says, “If the build is there, then the papers probably won’t dissappoint.”    
    For Lyle the Senior Pro association has provided opportunities to travel and meet people from all over the U.S. and Canada. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of people that have helped me and they just welcome you into the group.” While Lyle is competing in the tie down roping and team roping, his wife, Michelle competes in the barrel racing.
    Lyle had an interest in rodeo and roping from the time he was a young boy. “As a boy I always had a rope in my hands so everything around home got roped. Nobody else in my family was a roper, but my granddad rode broncs when he was young. We always had some horses around and would work with them. I can remember being able to go to the spring rodeo in Edmonton, and I just knew that there was something there for me.” His first rodeo competition was in the Wild Rose amateur circuit. “My mom was the secretary for that and I was a director on the committee several times. I was in some other amateur associations back then and they don’t even exist anymore.”
    He tried steer wrestling but eventually gravitated to tie down roping as his primary event. “I never was big enough for the bull dogging and it was always calf roping that caught my interest. You tend to go to the events that you’re better at, and that’s what I did.” To learn the technical aspects of calf roping, Lyle went to several clinics and honed his skills. “I went to some Buck Weimerich schools and Bill Reeder clinics. I’ve probably been to a dozen Larry Robinson calf roping schools. It really helps to go to the guys that you look up to, to learn calf roping.”
    He lives in Mayerthorpe, Alberta near where he was born and raised. He and Michelle have a 12-year-old daughter, Dani. During the winter, Lyle does oil field work, stays busy shoeing horses in the warmer months, he does some farming and putting up hay. Lesure time spent with the family and maybe a little golf. Goals for the future are to continue to rodeo in both Senior Pro associations and “…win whatever is available to me.”

Friday, 21 March 2014 08:16

Jamie Christensen

Jamie Christensen is a big fan of the Rocky Mountain Rodeo Association. “Every Rocky Mountain rodeo I go to is big, it’s fun, and it’s a show. The events payout well and that makes it well worth your time to go. I always feel like I’m going to do well at Rocky Mountain rodeos. I try to go to all of the rodeos that don’t conflict with my college rodeo schedule.” Jamie has been a member of the RMPRA for three years and competes in breakaway and barrel racing. She also is a member of the Utah Barrel Racing Association. She would like to say ‘thanks’ to the RMPRA for putting on great rodeos where the competition is always tough.
    She is a member of the NIRA and competes for Utah Valley University on a rodeo scholarship. The sophomore is studying communications for TV broadcasting and is working to get an internship by her junior year at a television station. “Then by my senior year and graduation, I would have my foot in the door and be able to start a career in broadcasting.”
   In addition to her rodeo scholarship, she serves as a school ambassador. “I go to transfer colleges, junior colleges, or schools where students want to move up to university level schools, and talk about the Utah Valley programs and what the school has to offer. I like meeting people and helping them to pursue their dreams.”
    For Jamie to start her rodeo career was a natural. “My father was a bull rider in the PRCA and trained horses, my mom ran barrels, and I grew up going to all my older sister’s high school rodeos. So, I was kind of an arena rat. I was in the little Buckaroo Rodeo, Junior rodeo, Junior High rodeo, and High School rodeo.”
    Like most top athletic competitors, Jamie spends plenty of time watching ‘game film’. “I have the videos of my runs on my phone and I watch them every night before I go to sleep. I have to keep my mind ready, and then it’s just muscle memory when you get to the rodeo. I don’t ‘safety-up’ on any run; I go for it every time.” Just to be sure there is plenty of good karma in the arena, she’ll keep track of the shirts that she does well in and save them for competition.
    A big part of her preparation was instilled by here father. “He always taught me, ‘If you want to be champion, you need to act and look like one.’ When I was real young, I never understood why I had to have my shirts ironed, but it matters how you look and act, being a good sport, and acting like a champion.”
    When she’s not at school in Orem, Jamie is at home in Erda, Utah with her parents, Wade and Ruth. She makes weekend commutes home to reunite with family, pets, and horses.  Leisure time is spent doing some drawing or painting.
    She says that her parents have been her biggest influence in her life. “They have always kept me on track and have gotten me where I need to be. They’ve taught me to be the best person that I can be. Two other people that mean a lot to me and have helped me in rodeo are Doyle Rollie and Edria Day. Doyle is a great roper and has helped me a lot with my roping skills and has put me on some great horses. Edria did the first 30 days training on my barrel horse and she is helping me become a much better barrel racer.”
    Goals for the future are to be working in the broadcasting industry, possibly in news programs and eventually into talk shows.

Friday, 21 March 2014 08:15

Sam Felber

There are a few people that are fortunate enough to find that one event, that one activity that becomes their life’s passion. Sam Felber is one of those fortunate individuals. The 28-year-old cowboy has been riding bulls for the last eight years and still has that fire-in-belly desire to ride as much today, as when he started. “I’m the first one in my family to compete in any rodeo event. My younger brother tried it, but it wasn’t for him.”
     He has been in the Mid-States association for the last six years and says the Mid-States rodeos are well run, close to home and, “…they have good money added and they pay out pretty good.”
     Besides Mid-States he competes in the Nebraska State Rodeo Association and Bull Riders of America. “I’ll only get to about 10 rodeos this year, but I went to about 50 or 60 bull ridings. The bull ridings are set up where you might have two in a day and they pay better. But, there is more travel. Mid-States rodeos are a lot closer. This year I plan to hit more rodeos and maybe stay a little closer to home.”
    Sam got his start bull riding with the help of some of his friends and recalls, “I had a couple of buddies that were riding and I started going with them. Then I started climbing on a few bulls and I was hooked and I went on from there. I was 20 when I got on my first bull.” He says that his mother has been his biggest influence to him and always been there with encouragement to weather the inevitable slumps that happen in rodeo. “It doesn’t matter whether I buck off or ride 10 in a row; she is always there for me.”
    Learning to stay aboard 1,500 pounds of mad bovine takes some doing and seeking out some expert support is the way to go. Sam explains, “I had a lot of help from Cody Bode when I started. Then I went to a Gary Leffew school and he helped me out a lot with the mental side of bull riding and keeping a positive mental attitude.”
    Sam’s preparation for nodding his head and opening the gate means staying loose and relaxed. “One of my buddies always told me to have fun with it. If you’re not having fun, why even do it? I think that’s the biggest thing for me; and that holds for everything you do in life. I am thankful for being able to do this, I don’t take it for granted.”
    When it comes time to bare down in the arena, Sam has a competitive spirit that comes to life. “If I see one of my buddies put up an 85 score, and I know I have just a good of bull as he does, then I’ll go out and try to get that 86 or 87 score. It’s like, ‘Watch this. I’ll one-up ya!’ I have always been competitive since I was a kid.”
    Sam, 28 makes his home in Newman Grove, Neb. where he was born and raised. His parents are Eugene and Jonell and he has a younger brother, Seth. During the week Sam works construction jobs. After hours, he and his dad are working the cows that they run together.
    Leisure time is spent hanging out with friends or going hunting or fishing. Goals for the future are to continue to ride bulls and develop his own string of bucking bulls to haul to rodeos or bull ridings. “I would like to win a Mid-States bull riding title once or twice before I’m done.”

Friday, 21 February 2014 10:12

Chase Sherman

Chase Sherman is starting his third year in the Rocky Mountain association and already has made an impression on the competition. His rookie year, when he was just 20 years old, he claimed the Year End Reserve Champion Bull Riding title. His friend and traveling partner, Louis Schardine ended up with the Championship and Chase was glad that it went to him. “That was an awesome year for me. I think I went to just about all of the Rocky Mountain rodeos that year and only missed one or two.” Throughout Chase’s rodeo career he has been thankful for the help and support that he has received from both friends and family. “I really couldn’t have done this without the support of a lot of good people. My family and friends were always there for me.”
    Chase enjoys the RMPRA and says it’s a great place to rodeo. “The people are all friendly, they’re fun to be around and the whole environment is just a great place to be, every time it’s like going to a family reunion. Anyone wanting to get into rodeo, sure ought look at RMPRA.”
   It’s no surprise that Chase is a bull rider and as the song lyrics go, he’s carrying on a family tradition. “I come from a long line of bull riders. My dad, uncle, and older brother all rode bulls. So I just sort of picked it up and started going with it. They were all excited when I made up my mind that bull riding was what I wanted to do. They all started helping me get going and Dad bought some practice bulls for me to get on. They’ve always been big supporters of mine.” Chase began his bull riding about the time he entered high school. “I think I was 14 or 15 then and I competed in some high school rodeos. I was injured in an open bull riding and had to sit out a year after some surgery on my shoulder. It was right after that, that I got the reserve title in the RMPRA.”
    Chase counts on his dad to keep him motivated and says, “Whenever I’m in a slump, if I can get my dad to go to one show with me, I’ll get things sorted out and start riding again. He gives me a lot of advice and moral support to get me going again. He’ll get me thinking about the basics and getting things right. We’ll watch bull riding videos of my rides and he’ll point out things that will help me. Then we’ll go buck our bulls and fix whatever needs to be corrected.” His preparation for nodding his head is pretty simple as he describes it, “I’ll tell myself to cowboy-up and don’t quit tryin’. I don’t let go even if I’m hanging off the side of a bull, I don’t quit until my head hits the ground.”
    He lives in Huntington, Utah where he was born and raised. His parents are Clint and Lisa Sherman and he has an older brother, Cole and older sister, Breanna. As the youngest of the family, Chase lays claim to being the spoiled one. During the week, Chase works as a welder for Gymon Machine and Fabrication. Leisure time is spent riding horses or doing some elk hunting.
    Goals for the future are to continue to rodeo and “…living out my dream.” Chase is also considering entering the contracting business and hauling his own bulls to rodeos. He says, “That’s almost as exciting as riding them.”

Friday, 21 February 2014 10:10

Cole Tierney

Cole Tierney has been a Mid-States member for about seven years and is co-director for the tie-down roping. “We raise sponsorship money for the Finals, resolve any issues that contestants may have, and work with the judges to make sure everything runs smooth.” Cole says that the Mid-States association is the home for a lot of good rodeos that aren’t too far apart from each other in time or distance. “It’s a really good group of people in the association and you really just enjoy spending time with them. I’ll get to about 20 or 25 rodeos a year.” Cole is also a member of the Nebraska State Rodeo Association and has his pro card.
     Since his father, Larry Tierney was a calf roper, it was pretty easy for Cole to get started as well. “I was doing more of the high school sports when I decided to give it try, I think I was in my sophomore year of high school when I got started. He started his college rodeo career at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and finished his schooling at Tarleton University  in Stephenville with a degree in business administration. “My dad has always helped me out, but there have been a lot of people that have helped me. Jake Clark at Torrington was a big help to me; Raymond Hallenbaugh was the assistant coach at Tarleton, he helped me too.”  
     Cole is one that always makes a point to show he’s ready to compete. “I practice a lot at home and I have a great horse; you have to have confidence in your horse. Going to a rodeo with a horse that you believe in makes a world of difference. I’ve been riding Patrick Martin’s Romeo horse and that has worked out well.” For Cole a big part of being successful in the arena is keeping his mind right. “There are a lot of things in rodeo that you can’t control, but keeping a positive attitude is one that you can control.” He has a special physical conditioning program and says with a laugh, “…I work for Larry Tierney. That keeps a guy in pretty good shape.”
    When it comes to making a major impact on his rodeo career, Cole says that Ray Brown has been an inspiration to him. “I did a lot of traveling with Ray Brown. I learned a lot being around him; how to enter, how to rope, and I just had a blast going to rodeos with him. Just being around him; being around a winner, it rubs off on you.” Cole attributes a lot of his positive mental attitude to the influence of a high school coach, Mike Buckles. “He had a great outlook on life and a big positive attitude. So, I’ve had a lot of good influences, including both of my parents.”
    Cole, 30,  makes his home where he was born and raised – Broken Bow, Neb. His family includes his parents, Larry and Kathy Tierney, and his sister, Lori – also an event director (ladies breakaway) in the Mid-States Rodeo Association.
    In a normal work week, Cole is home working on the family ranch, but this week he’s in New York working on a movie set. “I worked on a movie called ‘The Winter’s Tale’ which comes out in February. I worked on an HBO mini-series called ‘The Knick’ that will be out in the fall. They’re using a lot of horses and wagons and I’ve done some of the driving and taking care of the horses.”
    His goals for the future are to keep expanding the ranch operations, continue his movie set work, and of course – rodeo.

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