Bareback Rider Offers Tips at NJHFR

Bareback Rider Offers Tips at NJHFR

Wyatt Clark Bareback Mini-Camp Wyatt Clark Bareback Mini-Camp

June 21, 2016 

Nashville, TN

This week kicked off the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tennessee. Each afternoon, mini-camps are taught by rodeo professionals - giving kids tips from real experts.  On Tuesday, RFD-TV chatted with bareback rider and University of Wyoming alumnus Wyatt Clark. Check out Clark's insightful tips on how to live life to the fullest as a rodeo athlete and how to stay safe inside the arena. 

Q: What are the most important things for a beginner bareback rider to know?

A: The first tip I’d give to a young athlete wanting to pursue this sport is to develop a passion for riding. In bareback riding specifically, it’s a physically demanding sport, and it can be a little mentally draining as well. You need to develop a passion and love for it. You know, something to fuel ya and to dream about every night, to set goals with, is something really special and important when you're first getting into bareback riding. From there, you work on developing your work ethic with the sport and good character. Having good character and ethics inside and outside of the arena, that’s a part of being a cowboy. Treat judges in the arena with respect and rodeo fans with respect. I think cowboys and cowgirls are all great people and getting started from the beginning with great character is an important aspect for me. And it’s definitely important for bareback riding. Physical strength and conditioning is a must-have with this sport, but character is key.

Q: As you said, bareback riding is a physically demanding and sometimes dangerous sport, what's the best way for young athletes to stay safe?

A: I’d start with physical conditioning and strength training for preventative injury. Also, I'd recommend learning the correct techniques from rodeo professionals and rodeo veterans- tricks that they’ve learned over the years and are passing on to young kids in PRCA rodeo camps and other camps throughout the country. Having a calm and collected behavior as well, within the chutes, that's important.

Q:  What advice would you give yourself back in Junior High Rodeo, if you could?

A: My biggest tip to myself would be, you know I’d love to re-do it all over again and relive the experiences, but keep a good working ethic and present good character in and out of the arena as always. You only get one life, so live it to the fullest. 

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