Man on a Mission

Man on a Mission: Cody Rostockyj

Riding slightly over 60 percent of his draws on the 2014 Road to Cheyenne tour, twenty-five-year-old Cody Rostockyj was technically labeled a rookie by CBR definition at the beginning of the season. Competing in four Horizon Series and seven televised tour events, Rostockyj made the 8 second whistle on 14 out of 23 bulls and made the final four Shootout round twice.

The college graduate from Hillsboro, Texas who has a degree in elementary education, appeared to be anything but a first year athlete and by the end of the regular season in Del Rio, he learned he had earned enough points in his first CBR season to qualify for the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days in the summer of 2014 - finishing in 12th place on the year.   

A standard question I ask when getting to know new riders on tour is what you would be doing if you were not riding bulls. Over the years I have heard it all, but I knew immediately this competitor was special when I heard his answer, “I think I'd have gone into the marines, and still tried to be someone a kid can look up to”, said the twenty-five-year-old who is married to the daughter of Paul Brown, the longtime coach of the prestigious Hillsboro College Rodeo team. 

Although he is not yet a Marine, Rostockyj is definitely someone an aspiring bull rider can admire. Boasting two 90 point plus rides, Rocktockyj’s best performance was when he had the perfect game on April 19th at the Tuff Hedeman Las Vegas Shoot Out. Riding three heavyweights, Mudslingin, Got It, and Bandito’s Gold, Rostockyj was narrowly defeated for the event title by Eli Vastbinder in the Shootout round. He did not take home the buckle, but what he did win was a position on the World Finals roster with his 264 total points on three bulls.

Get to know Cody Rostockyj, who is on the Road to Cheyenne again for the 2015 season, currently in the #7 position after an 89 point ride in the season opener at Huron, South Dakota.


High Marked Ride: 91 points

Personal:  5’8; 140 lbs. – right handed rider


TSR:  What is something that would surprise people who know you? 

Cody: As laid back as I am I do like to cut up and arrogant people get on my nerves. 


TSR:  What is your ride ritual? 

Cody: Before I get on I always make sure and pray for all the blessings I've received and am going to receive. 


TSR:  Who influenced your career?

Cody:  Kanin Asay and Chance Smart are the people who influenced me the most. Not only showing me how to rodeo       but to be someone worth looking up to.


TSR:   Like to win or hate to lose?

Cody: Hate to Lose


TSR:   What is an out of the box idea?

Cody: A Goat farm for retirement 


TSR:    What I like to do?

Cody: Hunting, fishing, anything on a lake, x-box and hanging with my son with whatever makes him happy.



Movie: All of them

Song: Go getter remix by Lil Wayne

Book: Fablehaven

Bull: No Hands (Seven Rocking X)


PRCA 2014 Highlights

• Won the Springhill (La.) PRCA Championship Rodeo

• Won the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas)

• Won the Freedom (Okla.) Rodeo and Old Cow Hand Reunion

• Won the North Texas State Fair & Rodeo (Denton, Texas)

• Won the Seward County PRCA Rodeo (Liberal, Kan.), Aug. 15

• Won the Bowie (Texas) PRCA Rodeo, Sept. 13

Career Highlights

• 2013: Won the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas)

• 2012: Won the Marshall (Texas) ProRodeo with a career-best equaling 91-point ride on Classic Pro Rodeo’s Medicine Show. Won the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo, Colo.); the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco) and the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.). Co-champion at the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede Rodeo and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.). Finished 18th in the world standings with $57,160

• 2011: Finished fourth at the Bremerton (Wash.) Xtreme Bulls Tour event and second at the Lewiston (Idaho) Xtreme Bulls Tour Division 2 event; finished 37th in the Xtreme Bulls Tour standings with $5,649. Finished 84th in the world standings with $15,162

• 2010: Won the Dinosaur Roundup (Vernal, Utah) with a 91-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Keep Wishin’; finished 52nd in the world standings and fifth in the rookie standings with $21,783

• 2009: Won the Montgomery County Rodeo (Conroe, Texas); earned $8,549 while competing on his permit


Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.), 2008