MONTGOMERY, Ala. – This was an opportunity bareback rider Josi Young knew he couldn’t let slip through his grasp.
Young drew Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage – the PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2013 – and he seized the moment.
Young registered a 91-point ride to win the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo (March 19-21) at Garrett Coliseum.
“Anytime you can get a win it is awesome,” said Young, 32, following his first career trip on Full Baggage. “I called a couple of my buddies who had been on Full Baggage and I was excited to draw him because I knew I could win this rodeo. I had to keep hustling because he kept me on my toes. I knew he had a phenomenal trip and it was in the judges’ hands. I was just really happy to get the job done … with a 91 (the experience) was even better.”
Young’s impressive ride couldn’t have come at a better time. He collected a $4,498 paycheck after leaving empty handed at the two rodeos he competed at this winter season, in Tucson and Fort Mohave, Ariz.
“I needed to get on the board,” Young said. “If you draw a good one like (Full Baggage) you just have to make sure you do your job.”
Young qualified for his lone Wrangler National Finals Rodeo berth in 2008, but he has stayed close to home – Buhl, Idaho – with his wife Hannah and their two children, son, Bodi, 3 and daughter, Charli, 1.
“I been staying at home to help raise our kids,” said Young, who also competes in the Wilderness Circuit.
When Young isn’t rodeoing he works in his family’s business, Silver Lining Herbs, a company that produces feed supplements for performance horses. He also started his own car-hauling business three years ago called Young Gun Transport.
“We transport cars all over the place,” Young said. “If it needs to be hauled we will do it.”
The last time Young campaigned full time in the PRCA was in 2012 when he finished 20th. He was 56th in 2014 and 47th in 2013.
“My wife and I talked about it and I’m going to go hard this year,” Young said. “That new contract they have in Las Vegas (at the NFR, where total money is $10 million this December) is awfully enticing and that’s why it is good for me to get rolling with this win. I’m going to be entered up from here on out.”
Other winners at this $96,538 rodeo were all-around cowboy Wesley Brunson ($4,184 in team roping and tie-down roping), steer wrestler Noah Lassa (4.1 seconds), team ropers Zeb Chapman and Tom Bourne, (15.0 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright (88 on Frontier Rodeo’s Tip Off), tie-down roper Michael Otero (7.8 seconds), barrel racer Michelle Lummus (15.06 seconds) and bull rider McKennon Wimberly (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Outside).
Courtesy of PRCA