Rodey Wilson is roping up for the annual WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo. Raised in Hereford, Rodey’s parents influenced their son’s future, but unlike his parents who competed in professional circuit rodeo, Rodey steered down a different path.
“My family’s always roped and [done] rodeos and ranched and farmed,” says the owner of Wilson Cattle and the seven-year team captain of Wilson T4, the returning WRCA world champions, “But I wanted to do ranch rodeo. It’s something I do every day. This is what I do.”
It’s been a triumphant year for Rodey and his team. Out of 22 rodeos, Wilson T4 won three. But Rodey is no stranger to winning. His team members are also the 2006 world champions as well, and in 2011, Rodey’s horse, Roscoe, was awarded Top Horse and Top American Quarter Horse.
“That’s something I’m really proud of,” Rodey says, straddling the sleek, muscled horse. “There’s 22 teams and everybody brings a horse. That’s another big honor, that they like my horse the best out of 120 head of horses.”
Involved with the WRCA for 16 years, the 30-year-old says his preferred events are the stray gathering and wild cow milking because it’s action-packed, and most importantly, he gets to rope.
Rodey met his wife of three years, Jessica, through rodeo. This year, she qualified for the WRRA Rodeo in Clovis, N.M. for the first time, placing fifth. But he’s not sure if it’s going to be the life for their 1-year-old daughter, Rylee.
“I would love to see her rope and ride horses and follow in my footsteps, but I’m not going to push anything,” he says. “If she wants to do something else, I’ll support her in whatever she wants to do.”
See more photos from our exciting photo shoot with Rodey in our photo gallery above!
One of my favorite childhood toys was… my rope.
The most famous or interesting person I’ve ever met is… Trevor Brazile.
If I had an open plane ticket to anywhere … I would stay here.
My go-to stress reliever is… riding horses.
My favorite most-quotable movie is… “Lonesome Dove.”
You may be surprised to know that I… like to play basketball.
My favorite bad-for-me-food is… chocolate chip cookies.
My Facebook friend count is… zero. I’m not on Facebook.
If I had a time machine I would travel to… the Wild West.
I’m secretly addicted to the TV series… “Justified.”
I know every word to the song… “Pontoon.”
My friends and family call me… Rodey.
by Drew Belle Zerby
After graduating from LSU in 2009, Drew Belle worked as a page designer in north Louisiana until moving to Amarillo and joining AGN Media in late 2010. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel and spout out useless movie trivia.