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Meet the Member Brodey Hund
story by Ruth Nicolaus
Brodey Hund is ranked in the top five in two of his three events in the Nebraska Junior High School Rodeo Association. The Hershey, Neb. cowboy is tops in the breakaway roping and goat tying, and also team ropes as a heeler for Owen Thorberg.
For his events, he rides a versatile horse, Twister, a fourteen-year-old red dun gelding. The family has owned Twister for the past dozen years, and Brodey loves him. “He’s very calm,” he said. “He’ll do anything you want. He’s reliable, and he stands in the box nicely.”
Brodey is an eighth grade student at Hershey School. He loves math and science classes but is not crazy about English class, as grammar is “boring and hard to grasp.”
He competes in wrestling in the 106 lb. class, played football, and is on the school’s high honor roll, with all As for grades.
For fun, he loves to hang out with friends and family and practice wrestling. He’s done well at wrestling and has a 10-4 record in junior high. With his friends, he likes to play outside and play video games like Madden NFL. His favorite place is his relative’s cabin in the Colorado Rockies, where he likes to fish.
He loves his mom’s chicken enchiladas, brownies and brewed iced tea. His favorite vegetable is cucumbers dipped in a bit of ranch dressing, and his favorite fruit is peaches. For snacking, he loves trail mix.
The family has two pet dogs: Ace, an Australian shepherd, and Reba, a red heeler. The dogs sometimes go to rodeos with them. Their yellow cat is named Banana, and it keeps its distance from the dogs, as they are not friends. The animals don’t come into the house, because Brodey is allergic to dust and pollen and takes medication for his allergies.
Last year, Brodey decided he wanted to improve his breakaway, which, at the time, was his weakest event. So he spent more time practicing it, and it paid off, landing him in the top five in the state.
His mom loves her son. “I appreciate his sense of humor, that he’s a hard worker, and his honesty and caring.” He’s always willing to help out, whether it’s getting the door for someone or grabbing another bag of groceries to bring into the house. “He has a really kind heart.”
When he grows up, he’d like to be a web developer or have a career in computer technology. Brodey is good at “internet stuff” and has developed a few websites that aren’t live.
He competed at state the last two years.
Brodey has an older brother, Skyler, who is a sophomore in high school and a team roper. He is the son of Randy and Kristi Hund.