Word With A Champ Interviews
Native Voice One – Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
The Annenburg National Native Voice Studios
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has a reputation of fine horses and riders. Jackie Young exhibits just that and is defending her Indian National Finals Championship in ladies barrel racing competition. Jackie defeated a very talented field to earn the 2014 title. This champion took the time to share about her life as a working ranch cowgirl, mother and distinguished champion among champions.
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.
It is fun to watch an individual mature as a person and better yet, succeed in their chosen field. We have watched Nathan Schaper do just that, as he enjoys his fourth season on tour with the Professional Bull Riders. Nathan grew up in the Dakotas and took the time to visit during a PBR Tour stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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.
Ladies in racing has gained momentum that will continue with talent, like 14 year old Delani Carlton. She is a go kart builder and driver with aspirations for victories in NASCAR and Indy League Racing. A well grounded young lady that pursues academic excellence and helps with the family business. With that said, Delani is the defending track champion at Heartland Speedway in Rapid City, SD, and really likes to beat the boys!
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.
It is fun to find people that enjoy their job and are passionate about what they do. We found television morning show anchor, Lauren Moss in Waterloo, Iowa. Lauren gave 100% helping promote a bull riding event, she even did her report sitting on the back of a bull in the bucking chute. Lauren discusses her journey and role, broadcasting to her community on Channel 7, KWWL TV.