Tyrell Ward qualifies for Nationals


While most kids his age are sharpening their skills on a basketball court, Tyrell Ward, 14, is practicing for something quite different.
Since the tender age of 11, Tyrell has been engaged in some very dangerous behavior; boys steer and bull riding that is.
Just this past year, Tyrell rode in four different associations, starting with the Foothills Cowboy Association (FCA). He didn't make it into the Boys Steer Riding finals at that time, but at the Chinook Rodeo Association (CRA) he placed fourth overall.
Tyrell finished sixth in the Canadian Professional Rodeo (CPR), and the top six boys in Canada will be competing in the finals rodeo in Edmonton for the week of November 10th.
As for bull riding, Tyrell competed in the Alberta High School Rodeo Association earlier this year. He won the title of Alberta Junior Bull Riding Champion, and qualified for Nationals in Gallup, New Mexico.
Attending a mere 48 rodeos this year, Tyrell is getting his fair share of experience. When he's not attending a rodeo event, he's building up a tolerance at home, where he is fortunate enough to own a bucking machine, and a few steers for preparation.