Passion Leads UNL Rodeo Team

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

The UNL Rodeo team continues its four day tournament at the Lancaster Event Center. The team hopes to accumulate enough points to earn a trip to the national championship tournament next month.

This poem by 1011's Bill Steckis describes the passion fueling the team.

They hoot and holler
To raise a dollar
or two, this passionate lot.
For what they endure
The passion is pure
Wyatt Smith- "You go after it with everything you've got."

It's cowboy hats
And pre-run chats
It's a ride filled with zest
It's wrangler jeans
And darts and leans
It's a drive to be the best.

It's a broken knuckle
A big brass buckle
It's knowing you've just won.
It's gloves and grips
And violent flips
Barrett Heunke "It's an amazing thrill to get it done."

It's the courage it takes
To endure the aches.
It's knowing you will get hurt
It's withstanding it all
While knowing a fall
Will leave skin scraped in the dirt.

The dream is to go
All out as a pro
So they practice in the yard.
With a glowing gleam
They fix on the dream.
Kelly Kohle- "And you'll get there if you work hard."

It's country strength
It's eight seconds length
It's the gumption to rise and fall
It's the smell of the leather
A hat with a feather
Zach Kaup -"It doesn't matter what, you give it your all."

To a person they say
They are students by day
But cowboys 24/7
They live by that creed
And for this rare breed
It's the closest thing to Heaven.

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