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Meet the Member: Quade Potter
story by Ruth Nicolaus
Quade Potter already has a good grasp on what his future holds.
The Nebraska cowboy is the fourth generation of the family to be involved with registered black Angus cattle, and he’s part of the team when his dad and granddad make decisions about bulls and breeding.
When he’s not helping on the family ranch six miles from Stockville, Neb., he’s competing in the Nebraska Junior High School Rodeo Association, in the tie-down roping, the goat tying, the ribbon roping (as a roper for Faith Storer), the chute dogging, and the team roping (as a heeler for Parker Johnston.)
Quade is in eighth grade at Medicine Valley School near Curtis, where the thing that keeps him going every day is sports. He plays fullback on the football team, wrestles, and runs the 4×1, 4×4, and throws the shot put and discus in track. He is also on his school’s honor roll.
In school, his favorite teacher is his study hall teacher, Mr. Hosick, in part because Mr. Hosick helps when students need assistance with their studies, and in part because he likes football and wrestling, like Quade does. Mr. Hosick is the defensive coach for the junior high football team and teaches world history.
Quade just got his school permit last month, so he is able to drive the eighteen miles to and from school. He’s been driving since he was a little kid, as he helped around the ranch.
He’s a wonderful kid, his dad, Jason, says. “He’s very dedicated to whatever he does, whether it’s schoolwork, sports, or rodeo practice. I’m proud of his work ethic.”
He also has an eye for cattle. “We sit down as a family and pick out bulls,” his dad said. “My dad and I, and Quade, all bounce ideas off each other.” Quade studies EPDs to determine which bulls he likes. A few years ago, one of his selections was Bruiser, an Angus bull that turned out to be one of the ranch’s four best sires.
When he grows up, he’d like to continue the tradition at Frontier Angus, which is the name of the family’s cattle business.
Quade has competed at the state junior high finals in both his sixth and seventh years, in all of his events. He also competed at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in 2015, finishing as reserve champion chute dogger.
He has a step-sister, Georgie Potter, who is two, and a step-brother, Kohen Burda, who is nine.
He is the son of Jason and Maggie Potter and Karah and Roger Burda.