Author: CollegeAveStaffBy Jaime Pritchard
Q: Tell me about your life before CSU. Where did you grow up?
Kyle: I grew up in Loveland, CO and Iâ€™ve pretty much just rodeo-ed my whole life. I tried football and basketball, but I didnâ€™t really like dealing with coaches so I pretty much just ended up rodeo-ing.
Q: What events do you do?
Kyle: Calf roping and team roping
Q: Where did you compete?
Kyle: All over Colorado, and then for nationals, in either New Mexico, Wyoming, or Oklahoma.
Q: Youâ€™ve made it to nationals?
Kyle: [Iâ€™ve gone] four years, two in high school and two in junior high.
Q: Why did you decide to come to CSU?
Kyle: It was just close. And itâ€™s really expensive to go somewhere else because you have to pay for all of your horses to live somewhere else. I keep them on my parentsâ€™ property. We have a boarding facility where we board other horses. Itâ€™s kind of a ranch. It works out.
Q: What is it like having your dad as a coach?
Kyle: Heâ€™s kind of always been my coach. Heâ€™s always helped me with stuff so itâ€™s pretty much the same as itâ€™s always been. At this level, thereâ€™s not much a coach can do because, itâ€™s so expensive to go to rodeos. If youâ€™re not competitive to some extent you really canâ€™t afford to do it unless you have a lot of money somewhere.
Q: Can your break the expenses down for me?
Kyle: First [there are] the entry fees. For college rodeos, they arenâ€™t that bad. Itâ€™s usually costs me about $97 a weekend. And we have to travel; our first rodeo is 6 hours away, so thatâ€™s $200 in fuel right there. And then, hotels, and the horses and everything cost so much on their own. College rodeo is not that big of a deal, but I am trying to go pro and so you have to have enough horses for that. It getâ€™s pretty pricy.
Q: What does it mean to go pro?
Kyle: You do it individually. The only thing you can do is get sponsorships if you win money or youâ€™re doing well enough that you get sponsors behind you. Thatâ€™s how most guys make their living because pro rodeo isnâ€™t like most sports. You donâ€™t get a contract or anything like that; you have to earn every penny. Anyone can go pro; itâ€™s just weather or not you can make a living doing it. Itâ€™s hard. Itâ€™s more just doing it for the passion of being able to rodeo and less for the money.
Q: Why are you so passionate about rodeo?
Kyle: I pretty much like everything about it. Practicing is fun and traveling all over to new places and meeting new people is fun. A couple weeks ago I went to 5 rodeos in 2 days. I like doing that. Over Thanksgiving I had days where I drove 14-16 hours straight. For the whole week thatâ€™s all I did: just went to rodeos. Competing is always a huge adrenaline rush. And I like that itâ€™s a sport in which you arenâ€™t getting a million dollar contract or nothing like that. Rodeo is purely for the joy and passion of being able to rodeo.