Story by Riata Cummings Denim Wilson is the 13-year-old daughter of Dave and Tracina Wilson of Tabiona, Utah. She has a younger brother, Ryker, and […]
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Meet the Members: Saddle Bronc Steer Riding
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Kolton Iverson is following in his granddad’s footsteps.
The Utah Junior High School Rodeo Association member loves his bareback riding, saddle bronc steer riding, and bull riding, the same three events his grandpa, Alan White, did back in the day.
The 13-year-old cowboy also chute dogs, ties goats, breakaway ropes, and heads for Dean Thompson, and of all his events, the roughstock is his favorite.
For the goat tying and breakaway, he rides a 17-year-old sorrel named Laddie who can get a little over-excited, especially when she’s in the box. His head horse is a twelve year old buckskin named Dan, who is calmer than Laddie.
Kolton is an eighth grade student at Tabiona High School, where he enjoys P.E. class and art. He loves it when the teacher lets them draw whatever they want, and he draws some of his favorite things: horses, bucking bulls, and trucks. He loves Fords, and he wants his first truck to be a Ford.
Kolton’s extracurricular activities include basketball, baseball, and Boy Scouts. He’s qualified for state finals his sixth and seventh grade years, and this past summer went to the National Junior High School Finals in the bareback steer riding and bull riding.
The cowboy on the top of his favorites list is his grandpa, Alan White, followed by Joe Frost, and Lane Frost.
He has three sisters: Kaelyn is 17, Kenleigh is 15, and Kamerie is ten. He is the son of Travis and Kerri Iverson.
Korby Christiansen has big dreams.
The 13-year-old, a Utah Junior High School Rodeo Association member, wants to win some all-around titles when he grows up, and then, when his contestant career is over, he’d like to be a rodeo photographer.
But for now, he’s riding saddle bronc steer and bareback steers, goat tying, breakaway roping, heeling (for Sammy Taylor), and ribbon roping.
The Emery, Utah cowboy rides a 15-year-old sorrel named Sackett for all of his events except the goat tying. He’s ridden Sackett since he was young. For the goat tying, he rides an eight year old palomino named Stetson who was trained by his brother, McKoy.
Korby is an eighth grade student at San Rafael Junior High in Ferron, where his favorite class is P.E. and his favorite game is dodge ball, which students play on days they have a substitute teacher. He also likes science class, as the students will dissect a pig this year.
When he grows up, he’d like to be a saddle bronc rider, team roper and tie-down roper. Korby’s rodeo idol is five-time world champion saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer, who he got to watch ride at the Days of ’47 rodeo. When he is done rodeoing, he’d like to take rodeo photos, and has already gotten some advice from professionals. “They say, keep going and take pictures while the action is happening.”
Korby has competed at state finals both his sixth and seventh grade years.
His older brother, McKoy, is 17, and his only sister, Riata, is 15. He has two younger brothers: Byron, who is 11, and Monty, age nine. McKoy, Korby and their dad train horses.
He is the son of Kirk and Mistie Christiansen.