Hancock is Back

By Charlie Coon

Edging toward 40 is well above the average age for a ProRodeo bull rider but not much about Cody Hancock is average. He proved just that to home-state fans in Arizona last weekend by walking away from La Fiesta de los Vaqueros with the champion’s buckle. To capture the title, Hancock stayed on Bar T Rodeo’s Buckaroo to earn a score of 85 points, the highest scored ride of Saturday night’s competition in Tucson. With no qualified rides in Sunday’s final round, Hancock held on to win the average and pocketed $6,500 along the way.

To see Hancock in action and to hear how his daughter inspired him to get back in the game, check out a clip from this past weekend at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros:

Hancock won the PRCA world title in 2000 and has not decided whether he’ll pursue the title again at age 38.

‘Travels with Charlie’ is a biweekly series of features by Charlie Coon produced exclusively for the Wrangler Network. Using the penname Curtis Scott, Mr. Coon has provided stories for the past 20 years to such outlets as The History Channel Magazine, American Heritage and the Denver Post. He is based in Cheyenne, Wyo. where he serves as coordinator for the state of Wyoming’s cowboy marketing program. Coon and cameraman Mike McCrimmon put together news, sports, and human interest features on a semi-regular basis for TV stations in Wyo., Mont. and S.D.