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Sicangu Lakota Indian Cowboy Cooper Waln from the Rosebud Reservation in south-central South Dakota is our guest this week on Word With A Champ. Cooper represents Indian Country with the most elite job in his trade, fighting bulls on the 25th Professional Bull Riders “Unleash the Beast Tour”. A great visit to share from this very modest and talented working ranch cowboy that had made it to the big times.
Two time and consecutive INFR Tour Season Champion, Bareback Bronc Rider, Steven DeWolfe, of the Oglala Lakota Nation in southwest South Dakota, is our guest this week on Word With A Champ. Steven shares a very active mind in his focus of becoming an Indian World Champion after seven qualifications for the INFR. We wish our very talented and classy gentleman, Steven DeWolfe success in all his life adventures, he is an inspiration to our youth of Indian country.
Indian country is well represented With Cheyenne River Sioux, Josh Schremp, head coach of the Eagle Butte-Dupree Braves wrestling program in In South Dakota. Today on Word With A Champ, Coach Schremp describes the advantage individuals may acquire by the requirements of this sport. We invite tribal leaders to increase existing efforts in reservation and small community school programs for the sport of wrestling. My son, Choctaw/Cherokee, Branson Taylor, 152 lb. Gold Medalist at the top of the podium for the Douglas Patriots, Box Elder, South Dakota, U.S.A.
The world is a better place when people like Mike Herman try to improve the lives of the youth in our society. Michael is the executive director of the Aberdeen South Dakota Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This organization is available to Indian Country. Mike explains the mission statement of the organization and his efforts in his community that are available to communities across the continent.
This week we digress, prior to the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with Navajo team roping star, Erich Rogers. Erich finished 2nd for the PRCA season standings in the event with more contestants than any. We visit with this very composed, soft spoken gentleman, that can and will take your money with a rope in his hand.
Cherokee bull rider, Ryan Dirteater, has been a formidable contender in the Professional Bull Riders for seven years. An outstanding feat, considering the PBR Built Ford Tough Series, only qualifies the top 35 for the major league tour of the sport. Ryan credits support from family and the Cherokee Nation for his success. We had an opportunity to visit with this cordial, polite, 25 year old athlete, that is in contention to qualify for his 7th PBR World Finals in Las Vegas and vie for a World Title.
The American born motor sport of monster trucks has developed into big business, now entertaining second and third generation fans. Much of the success of the industry is due to people like Bill Payne from Washington. Bill shares his meager beginnings, and is rise to big time success. Bill is a proponent of education for the future of his sport and our United States of America.
Columbia Falls, Montana is mighty proud of the number one man in the Professional Bull Riders, Built Ford Tough Series, Matt Triplett. Matt is a well spoken gentleman that has perfected his art of riding bulls while perfecting the art of staying on top of the standings. 4Bears Casino and Lodge owned and operated by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara are happy to see Matt Triplett, Team 4 Bears #1 in the PBR standings.
Matt Pojanowski is a positive individual that makes his own breaks in the very dangerous sport of bull riding. Matt has perfected the art of his trade and made a living for many years. At 34 years of age, Matt is the first one to the gym daily and at the pay window more frequent than most.
Dustin Flundra, 3X Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, of Pincer Creek, Alberta Canada, is our guest on this weeks episode of Word With A Champ for NV1 Radio Network. Dustin remembers the first bucking horse he got on, 13 Canadian and 2 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos ago. His perception of the art of riding bucking horses has made him not only a tremendous study of the sport, but a proficient coach and mentor to the next generation of rodeo athletes. Thanks to people like Dustin Flundra, the present and future of rodeo looks very bright.