A professional rodeo star was back in the saddle on home turf Friday night.
“I’m not sure who my horse is but I’ll just nod my head, let it all hang out and it’s turn out good,” Wade Sundell said before his ride.
The Boxholm native was the star of the show at Friday’s World’s Toughest Rodeo event at Wells Fargo Arena.
His ride was good for a second place finish.
Sundell was recently named Athlete of the Year by Rodeo Fame magazine. He’s the top ranked saddle bronc rider in the world.
Before he got down to business, Sundell and his family of professional cowboys had a little fun with some junior buckaroos.
Fans of all ages were allowed onto the dirt before the event to meet riders and show off their skills.
One junior calf roper says he learned his skills from a real-life cowboy friend.
“A bear was attacking a dog and he roped a bear and he’s roped a moose and dragged it out of a parking lot,” Gideon Boender described.
The cowboys and girls will be back in the saddle Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with pre-show activities for the whole family starting at 6 p.m.