LAS VEGAS – Casey Colletti is pretty excited about his back-to-back go-round victories at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“I’d almost do a happy dance for you, but I’d probably hurt myself,” said Colletti, 27, of Pueblo, Colo., who suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during a rough get-off in the third round.
While he limps around Las Vegas, his bum knee doesn’t seem to bother Colletti on the back of the best bucking horses in the world. On Tuesday night, he posted an 86.5-point on J Bar J Rodeo’s Smack Daddy to win the sixth round. He cashed in another $18,630 and pushed his NFR earnings to $40,515.
“I had her in San Angelo (Texas), and finished second in the long round,” he said. “She grew up. When I had her, she was about 200 pounds lighter and a little bit smaller. I was so tickled to have her. It was kind of an underdog, because a lot of guys didn’t know what she was. In the back of my head, I was going, ‘If she does what she does, it’s going to be good.’
“She kind of bucked. She wasn’t super rank bucking, but she was phenomenal.”
So was Colletti, who has credited the Justin Sportsmedicine Program for getting him ready to ride each night.
“The ride felt good,” Colletti said. “What a bareback ride should feel like, hurt or unhurt, that’s just what it felt like.”
It seems to be working so far.
“It’s kind of a dream come true to me,” he said. “I just set my goals of other things when I get here, and one of the things was to win back-to-back go-round buckles.
“She jumped out and had a hard move to the right, which I did not expect that. All I was thinking was, ‘Zing your feet because you’re not going to win not spurring her.’ There are 15 of the best guys in the world trying to compete for go-rounds. I’m just going to try to win first every night.”