By Ted Harbin/for the Waller County Fair and Rodeo committee
HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The last time Buck Lunak competed at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, things didn’t go so well.
“I came here two years ago, and they threw me off,” said Lunak, a bareback rider from Cut Bank, Mont. “I’m glad to come back and do good. It means a lot. It’ll help me get my qualifications up for this year, so I’ll be able to go to some bigger winter rodeos and get my shot to end up in the top 15.”
He posted an 84-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Outa Sight on Oct. 3 to win the title and $1,951. That should be the perfect kick-start to the new season, which began Oct. 1 in Hempstead.
He’ll have a solid calendar year to maintain his spot among the very best in order to qualify for 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale that features only the top 15 contestants in each event during the regular season. It would be a first for the eight-year pro from the Blackfeet Nation.
“I went out a little bit last year, but I was hurt for about four years in a row,” he said. “I’m a Native American and a cowboy, and if I can make a living off a horse, then that’s the greatest thing in the world. I love bareback riding. It’s wild and control; it’s everything. If you can make a job out of it, that’s what I want to do. I want to do this great.”
He was pretty great on the final night of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, and so was his dance partner, Outa Sight, which has been selected to buck at the NFR four times.
“I know that everybody here wanted that horse, so I was pretty happy to have her by my name,” Lunak said. “I just knew it was supposed to be good to ride. She’s bred out big and has the looks you want, so I was pretty excited.
“That’s the type of horse you want to get on. She’s big and showy. She’s got the reputation, so all you’ve got to do is show up and do your job.”
It worked out just fine for Lunak.
Courtesy of PRCA