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Casey Sellers is a persistent cowboy from Buffalo, Wyo. In 2013, that persistence paid off when the 18-year-old was able to win the 2013 WHSRA All-Around Cowboy. Among other achievements last year, won the year-end tie down roping in the WHSRA and set an arena record at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo with a 7.5 in tie-down roping. “I’ve always loved being around horses and roping, and seeing guys do good,” said Casey. “I’m working to become one of those winners, and be like the guys that I look up to. This last year I started winning more consistently, and to see that start paying off – that was really motivating for me.”
Casey competes in tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping as a header. “I guess whichever one is going the best that day is my favorite,” he said with a laugh. Casey and his older brother, Colter, who attends college in Texas on a rodeo scholarship, are the first of their family to compete in rodeo. Their dad, Dan Sellers and his mother, Vickie Sellers, competed in ranch rodeos, and support their sons to compete in the sport of rodeo. “They’ve been behind me and my brother all the way. They give us all that we need to compete,” Casey explained. “I’d like to thank my mom, my dad, and my brother, the Spratt families, the Jase and Deb Ready family, and Dean Finnerty for all of their help and support. And everyone else that’s helped me!”
Born in Montana, Casey and his family moved to Buffalo, Wyo. when he was six. Since they live in town, the Sellers keep their horses a short distance from their house. Having to haul his horses to an arena whenever he wants to train hasn’t always been easy, but he always makes the most of his practices.
Okie is Casey’s tie-down roping horse. Casey and Okie set the arena record at the NLBFR with a 7.5 in calf roping. Casey steer wrestles off of Cutter, a horse that belongs to his friend Klay Ready. Caseys best steer wrestling time is a 3.5 sec run on Cutter. Yankee is his best team roping horse, but is currently hurt, so Casey is team roping off of his other horse Shaggy. “I’ve got good horses underneath me,” said Casey. Casey is homeschooled and is currently taking dual Credits at Sheridan College. He will have 27 college credits when he graduates. He played football for three years on the Buffalo High School football team and was the school’s All Conference Linebacker his junior year. He decided not to play his senior year. I’ve decided to invest my time and money in rodeo. At least I got to experience high school football, and I loved it!” Casey also enjoys skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, as well as hunting and fishing with his dad.
Encouraged by his rodeo achievements in 2013, Casey is very optimistic about his 2014 rodeo season. He aims to win the WHSRA all-around title again, as well as adding WHSRA tie-down roping champion and steer wrestling champion to his résumé. Casey also wants to enter in more amateur rodeos and begin circuit rodeoing. He plans to earn a Business degree and study to be a real estate appraiser at Gillette College in Wyoming. He currently co-owns a patent for their invention, the Hooey Tuf Kaf.
“Rodeo is like when you get a disease,” Casey concluded. “You catch it and keep going and trying to win. That’s what fires me up!”