That Famous Preston Night Rodeo kicks off on Thursday and Morgan Wilde is scheduled to ride in the bareback event on Saturday night.
“When you’re sitting on like a 1,200 pound horse and they’re doing everything they can to buck you off and you’re doing everything you can to stay on,” Wilde said. “That’s kind of cool when you get off and you know you won the battle more or less.”
Wilde is leading in the Utah, Idaho and Nevada circuit at this point and said the Preston rodeo is a big deal.
“Preston is one of my favorite rodeos,” Wilde said. “It’s under the lights they pack that arena. It’s just fun, the atmosphere down there and the energy is so awesome to go down there. That’s a pretty big stepping stone for your standings too, you know. If you want to get a chunk out of Preston you’re sitting pretty good.”
He said the crowd is important to a cowboy during the event.
“If they’re sitting up there [like] lumps on a log, you know, it doesn’t help us any,” Wilde said. “But when they’re over there yelling and screaming and excited to be there and you can feel the energy – that helps a cowboy a lot…it makes us ride so much better when you can feel it.”
Wilde said rodeo cowboys spend a lot of time on the road between May and September but says Hollywood’s portrayal of them being “partiers,” chasing around drinking and fighting, is far from the truth.
“We don’t have time,” Wilde said. “There’s not time to chase around. Rodeo cowboys – that‘s a tight-knit family and there’s not better people. If you’re broke down on the side of the road at 2AM in the morning – that’s probably who’s going to stop and help you, you know, is a rodeo cowboy cruising somewhere and they’re the kind of people that will pull over and stop and help you out.”
The rodeo begins on Thursday night with a parade and goes through Saturday when Wilde rides.
Listen in tomorrow to hear what it’s like to be the wife of a rodeo cowboy.