Happy birthday, Casey

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Casey Colletti celebrates his 26th birthday today, and he has a lot for which to be thankful.

Casey Colletti
Casey Colletti

So do I, for that matter. Over the past couple of months, I got to know a lot more about the Colorado cowboy. I’ve been very blessed to be able to help tell his terrific story. The son of a bareback rider, he was raised on a ranch west of Pueblo, Colo.

A few years ago, he accepted a rodeo scholarship to Garden City (Kan.) Community College, where he competed for coach Jim Boy Hash – Hash, by the way, is my wife’s longtime friend from their college days at Panhandle State University.

During his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Colletti earned $82,644. That’s a pretty good living for 10 nights worth of work.  He placed seven times and proved why he deserved to be in Las Vegas.

Each night he collected a check, Colletti got his arm wrapped in ice and walked to the media room for our nightly visits. By the time he won the ninth go-round, I wasn’t sure what questions I could ask him. But we made due.

In the process, I hope the people who read the stories enjoyed them. Furthermore, I hope they enjoyed the opportunity to know a little more about a great young cowboy.

I sure did.


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