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06.21.2016
“Sticky Mickey” Prepares for Cheyenne

Andrews, who does more than pay a little attention to the bucking stock unloading week to week on the Road to Cheyenne, rode three of three including two 90 point plus rides to bring the crowd to their feet at the Tuff Hedeman CBR in El Paso. El Paso was Andrews’ first CBR event title win and that championship sealed the deal for his 2016 qualifying invitation to his first CBR World Finals this summer.

Andrews, thrilled to get that first Road to Cheyenne tour event under his belt and in his pocket, credits Austin Meier and his college rodeo coach, Mike Visnieski, for mentoring him and teaching him to prepare.

“I follow a new program my rodeo coach gave us last year, it is a program that lets you practice even when you can’t, but I love to get on the drop barrel to keep in shape,” said Andrews.

That rodeo coach is Southwestern Oklahoma State University alum and former PRCA cowboy, Mike Visnieski who has continued the strong rodeo tradition of SWOSU Rodeo since 2011 including one College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) National Champion, three reserve national champions and four teams that have finished among the top ten at CNFR. 

Success, which Mickey defines as making the CBR World Finals and qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo year for many years to come, requires staying in shape mentally. “Coach V” as they call him implements a mental training program with his rodeo team that Mickey has embraced.

“It’s a daily practice of visualization, we teach them to form a purpose, form their goals, and visualize the practice of becoming who you want to be,” continued Visnieski.

With proven research to back up his training, Visnieski believes it is helpful to Andrews and others because of the distractions of college and rodeo.

“They are very young minds and have a tendency to lose focus, if you spend ten minutes a day with this proven research, it really works.” 

According to his coach, Mickey Andrews told him what his goals were this season; to win a CBR event and win the college rodeo Central Plains Region Championship for the second consecutive year…. and he did.

“Whatever is beyond that I am not sure but he told me he wanted to win a CBR event and he did it, he wanted to win the regionals and he did it,” recalled the coach.

According to Visnieski, “Sticky Mickey”, who graduated on May 7, was recruited for the SWOSU rodeo team because he had a college degree in mind and had bull riding talent, which is the combination he looks for in recruiting college rodeo athletes. 

While attending college, Andrews stretched his bull riding arms and qualified for his first CBR Road to Cheyenne televised tour event in March of 2014 finishing this season missing only Del Rio, the final event of the season due to a conflict in college rodeo, which resulted in Andrews winning the region for his school.

Andrews rode six bulls of 14 attempts while juggling his final semester in college in addition to a demanding college rodeo schedule as a member of Southwestern Oklahoma University’s bull riding team. In addition to his three bull win in El Paso, he found points on this year’s tour in Bossier City, Window Rock, and Laughlin.

Andrews’s season high and score came in El Paso, but not after a night of highs and lows. According to Hedeman, Andrews made a gutsy move to keep his first round score of 83 points which eventually advanced him to the semifinal round where he earned the first 90 point ride of his CBR career. He was one of only two riders advanced on two scores to the final four shoot out round where he was the only bull rider to make the required 8 second whistle.

With a 91 point career high ride on Championship Pro Rodeo’s bull, 105 Money Talks, Andrews took home the $21,750 check and prizes for his first event title win on the Road to Cheyenne.

Andrews also competed on the CBR’s Horizon Series tour earning enough points to rank as No. 15 on the CBR’s qualifying tour which ends next month.

“Love the format and if you don’t advance to the next round you still get a check, who everybody is and how they treat you, you feel part of it when you walk thru the door.”

 

It’s All in the Family

Andrews is a twin. His twin brother Sammy is a musician and from their living large lifestyle on Facebook the brother’s similarities end there. “Exactly alike but exactly opposite,” laughed Andrews.

“We think, talk, and act the same, but just in different worlds. He is a vocalist and now he is getting his masters in architecture at Oklahoma University. He always kept me in line, I was the mess up and he was the stay in line kind of guy.”

Mickey’s Dad was the biggest influence in his bull riding career as he entered him in sometimes four rodeos a day as a calf and steer rider. Mickey excelled through the ranks of the family oriented National Junior Bull Riding Association winning its title two times in his early rough stock years.

“I had an older cousin who rode steers and they went to a local rodeo where they had Mutton Bustin, next thing I knew he was taking me to local rodeos. He and my Dad would enter me in four a weekend.” When I was 12 years old I started getting on bulls, I was always 5’6 and 150 pounds so I wasn’t too little or anything. Austin Meier lived up the road, he put me on practice bulls every Wednesday and that sharpened me up and he taught me a lot,” recalls Andrews. 

Mickey is bringing his tribe to Cheyenne Frontier Days to see him compete. His older sister, his mom and dad, grandparents, aunt and uncle and girlfriend will all be in the stands cheering him on for his first out in Frontier Park arena.

Known as the social cowboy, you can find Andrews taking over the CBR’s Snapchat for a day, posting motivating videos on Twitter and Facebook and if you hear laughter coming from behind the chutes, Mickey is usually nearby!


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