(Gillette, Wyo.) Arvada-Clearmont High School sophomore Parker Manor, 16, is competing in the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this week. He’ll will be vying for the championship title in the mini saddle bronc riding event.
Parker is no stranger to the youth rodeo circuit. He went to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo twice, and competed in the mini saddle bronc event both times.
With that experience, as well as experience riding larger horses, he said he’s feeling comfortable going into the competition.
“I’m not really nervous…. I feel pretty good going into these finals,” he said.
Parker said his father, Kent, was a really good bronc rider, and Parker asked his dad if he could learn.
“He’s been a really good teacher,” the younger Parker said.
Parker didn’t compete in the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo this past summer in Gillete. Due to an injury, he had been thrown over the front of his horse and suffered a broken wrist. So he missed qualifying for that rodeo this season.
Now, all healed up, he’s ready to get back on the horse and head to Vegas. We’ll post an update after the event to let you know how Parker performed.