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The Dickens Family
Written by: Siri Stevens< Back to Articles
The Dickens, Jacy, Kim, and daughter Sara, are carrying on a family tradition. “Sara is the fourth generation on my side, and the third on Kim’s,” said 55-year-old Jacy, who started competing when he was 8 and still competes in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association. Kim started competing at 9 and couldn’t wait to turn 40 so she could enter the Senior Pro rodeos. Sara spent her childhood at the Senior Pro Rodeos with her parents and started competing when she was 8. All three in the Dickens family got their start in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association.
Kim was 29 and Jacy was 35 when they married. “I went to more than 75 rodeos a year,” said Jacy. “I was around a lot of good marriages and a lot of bad marriages and I knew I had to find someone that had things in common with me.” Jacy didn’t think he would ever get married and he loved kids. “I was training horses the winter of 1993 and I was praying in this fifth wheel and God told me it was time to get married. I didn’t have the money and I didn’t enjoy looking so I told him to bring her in front of me.” He remembers Kim was wearing a yellow sweats and cowboy boots when he met her at a rodeo. He knew she was the one. And then he just had to convince her.
Born 1959 in Cortez, Colo., Jacy went to his first rodeo at the age of two. His parents rodeoed (Joe and Jane), and when they divorced, his stepdad (Hugh Green) stepped in and helped him achieve his rodeo goals. “You can’t rodeo successfully without help,” he said. Jacy was the state champion steer wrestler in 1977 and continued rodeoing at the University of Southern Colo. In 1984, he got his PRCA card and hit the road, training horses and doing odd jobs when the checks didn’t cover his expenses. He won the Colorado State Rodeo (CPRA), four times in the calf roping (1979, 83, 86, 93). In addition to calf roping, Jacy competed in steer wrestling and team roping. “I enjoyed roping calves, but I always won more team roping,” said the header, who currently ropes with Mike Clancey in the National Senior Pro circuit. Once he got married, Jacy took a full time job with Weld County and concentrated on his family until he could enter the Senior Pro Rodeos.
Full story available in October 1, 2014 issue.