Top Performer: Bodie Mattson
STURGIS, S.D. — Bodie Mattson from Sturgis grew up watching his family participate in rodeos.
Now the 18-year old is ready to carry on the family tradition as he prepares to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma later this month.
Bodie Mattson was competing in rodeos before most kids learned how to ride a bike.
“I’d say the first time I competed on a horse was probably six or seven,” Bodie Mattson said. “But we’ve been entering dummy ropings on foot since we were four or five.”
Mattson learned how to rodeo from his family.
His father competed in the PRCA and his mother was a professional barrel racer, as well as, an SDRA breakaway champion.
“I’m obviously really grateful for his opportunities and stuff,” Mattson said. “But I kind of want to build my own name too. I don’t want just live in my dad’s footsteps or my mom’s footsteps.”
The recent Sturgis High School graduate took care of business at the high school regional rodeos in May.
Then, Mattson made the most of his final appearance at the State High School Finals Rodeo in Fort Pierre.
He captured both the boys cutting and the team roping state titles which earned him a spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo for the third year in a row.
Mattson will compete for a national team roping title with his lifelong friend, Rio Nutter.
“We’ve gotten so close over the years,” Rio Nutter said. “We just have so much confidence in each other that if one of us make a mistake or something, we’re not the team that’s going to knock each other down. We’re going to look at the positives and get ready for the next one. So doing it with your best friend is just an unbelievable feeling.”
“I think we’re most successful because we’re such good friends,” Mattson said. “We don’t beat each other up after a bad day or any thing. We trust each other and we’ve roped together so much that we know what one another’s going to do.”
Mattson plans to compete in rodeo this fall at Gillette College before transferring to a four year university.
Eventually, he’d like to move onto the PRCA.
“I kind of want to go to a university of some sort maybe in Texas or the University of Wyoming,” Mattson said. “Somewhere in the southern states or the Wyoming area. Then I plan to rodeo professionally. If that goes good then I’ll continue to do that. If I’m not good enough, I’ll probably get a real job.”
Congratulations to Bodie Mattson on being named a NewsCenter 1 Top Performer.
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