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09.24.2014
Break Out Rider Nick Volden Qualifies for Second Stop on The Road to Cheyenne Tour

Twenty-year-old Nick Volden began his bull riding career in his own backyard. Growing up on a farm in Cashton, Wisconsin this budding young stock contractor began riding livestock at age six. Coming up thru the ranks of Little Britches and junior rodeo, Volden purchased practice bulls that became a business as well as a way to enhance his desire to be a professional bull rider.

While raising bulls on the family farm, Volden and his father traveled the state on the Wisconsin High School Rodeo circuit eventually winning the State Championship bull riding title twice. Volden represented his home state at the National High School Rodeo Finals twice placing sixth in 2012, his senior year.

Striking out to make a name for yourself in rodeo is a different experience depending on where you live. Finding success in the rodeo and bull riding industry when you are from Wisconsin means a great deal of travel and it requires more money to stay on the road. It also means being away from home more than the cowboys that hail from the Southwest.

In 2012, Volden hit the trail and began finding success in his first year as a professional in both the PRCA and PBR touring pro circuits winning event titles in San Antonio and Peoria.  In 2012, he rode in his first CBR in Belvedere, Illinois, but more recently, Volden rode in the season opener of the “Road to Cheyenne” tour in Huron, South Dakota in late August.  Although bucking off in Huron, Volden garnered enough points winning the Waterloo Horizon Series to secure a roster spot for the second stop on the televised tour, the Conroe Bull Mania on October 4. The pressure will be on Volden if he wants a permanent position among the CBR’s top 24 bull riders on the televised Road to Cheyenne tour.

Volden’s win in Waterloo included an 84-point score in the long round on a young bull named Road Rash from Shop Creek Cattle Company, more commonly known as Randy & Terry Littrell. Only three cowboys made the whistle in the short round, but Volden’s 86.5 on Corey Check’s Burrito, was enough for him to edge out Alex Lee for the event win with an average score of 169.5 to Lee’s 168.5. Lane Toon also rode two for 163 points and finished third. 

According to event producer Matt Noble, “Nick could have been in the 90’s; it was as good as bull ride as I have seen all year.” Noble should know, he sold that same bull to Cory Check and the bull has gone unridden most of his career.

Volden claims he got his desire to ride bulls from watching the extreme sport on television. He combined that desire with a little inspiration from his grandfather, who rode bareback horses, and references Terry Don West as an icon of the industry whom he admires.

 

We caught up with Nick this week as he prepares for the CBR season:

How long you have been riding? 15 years   

How did you get started? Watching on TV, grandfather rode bareback horses

If I was not riding bulls I would be?  Ranching

Best bull ride you ever made? Elroy, Wisconsin – 92.5 on Hazmat of Cory Check’s

Before I get on a bull I always?  Tighten the rope

Athlete I would like to change places with? Aaron Rodgers

What is something you learned early that you carry with you today? Don’t quit 

Favorite Bull? Hazmat of Cory Check’s – I have been on him 3 times this summer and covered him all three times.

Who do you travel with? My finance Sophie and Pistol Robinson when I am down south.

Favorites?

Food? Steak

TV show? Two and a Half Men

App? Facebook 

Rider?  JB Mauney

Who is the most influential Person in your life? My Dad – he hauled me around – everywhere.

Did you have any professional in instruction? I went to BJ Schumacher’s school when I was 10

What do you like about Bull Riding? The adrenaline rush, winning money, hanging out with friends all the time, traveling and seeing the world.

What do you like about Championship Bull Riding? Good consistent bulls

How do you prepare? I go to the gym, run and lift weights and stretch. 

Do you get on practice bulls? Yes – more in the winter 

 

You can follow Nick’s journey on The Road to Cheyenne on www.cbrbull.com, on Facebook and on Twitter @nickvolden.

 

For more information, contact Leigh Ann Schroeder at 940.902.1112 or leighann@theshortround.com

 

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