We recently had the opportunity to catch up with three members of the Smarty Young Pro Team. This week, we are joined by Cassidy Weber of Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Corey Hasting of Dillsboro, Indiana, and Gus Albertson of Eldon, Missouri.

Tell us a little about yourself and what all events do you compete in?

  • Cassidy: Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Tie-Down Roping (Header)

  • Corey: Team roping, breakaway (Header)

  • Gus: Team Roping (Header)

At what age did you start riding?

  • Cassidy: I started riding when I was 3 years old

  • Corey: 2

  • Gus: Since I was born

Who is your favorite pro rodeo athlete?

  • Cassidy: My favorite professional rodeo athlete would be Trevor Brazile. He carries himself with humility and a kind heart while being such an inspirational role model.

  • Corey: Kaleb Driggers or Jade Corkill

  • Gus: Jade Corkill

How do you prepare yourself for an intense rodeo and school schedule?

  • Cassidy: I try to wake up every day with a plan in my head for what I am going to accomplish in the day. I try to take it day by day to not overwhelm myself with what I have going on in the next few weeks.

  • Corey: I make sure to get enough sleep, that my horses are prepared for anything, and I pray before every run.

  • Gus: Trying to get my school work done before so I can focus on the rodeos.

Tell us a little about your horse?

  • Cassidy: My good rope horse is thirteen. He is a reject cutter that is built very thick and has a ton of heart. We call him Scarface and he does not like very many people. I head, heel, breakaway rope and tie-down on him, you will never get outrun in any event.

  • Corey: My main horse is a grey gelding named Cowboy, he is 15, is super athletic, and he helps me better my riding and roping skills.

  • Gus: I have quite a few that I rope on

What songs get you pumped up before a rodeo/roping?

  • Cassidy: Buckle Bunny by Rosevelt Road, Start Over by Flame, and Crank it Up by Colt Ford are just a few of my favorites.

  • Corey: I like anything more upbeat but older type songs.

  • Gus: Chosen One by Valley of Wolves

What’s your favorite meal on the road?

  • Cassidy: Probably a Ceaser salad, you can’t go wrong with one.

  • Gus: Chick Fill A

What do you want to major in college?

  • · Cassidy: I’m planning on going to school for either nursing or business.

What’s your favorite subject in school?

  • Corey: I like math and chemistry classes.

  • Gus: Favorite subject in school is world civilizations

You’re on the road a lot, when do you practice?

  • Cassidy: I take my Smarty Products everywhere I go. I practice as much as I can when I’m home. I’m really lucky with my rodeo horse, he’s very honest and I can rodeo consistently on him while always having a good shot.

  • Corey: I practice whenever I have time to get it in, usually weekends.

Who is your traveling partner(s):

  • Cassidy: Currently I travel alone to jackpots but I travel with my mom and Sister to rodeos.

  • Corey: My traveling partner is my best friend Morgan Hancock.

What do you do when you are not rodeoing?

  • Cassidy: I do not compete in any other sports but if I'm not practicing I like to go to the motocross track with my brother and dad in the summer or go sledding in the winter.

  • Gus: Practice

What’s your favorite thing about rodeoing?

  • Cassidy: My favorite thing about rodeoing would probably be the people I get to meet as well as the life lessons I learn and memories I get to make while being on the road and in the practice pen with my friends and family.

  • Corey: My favorite thing about rodeoing is the ability to be around people that love doing what I love to do. It makes it easier to make friends. I also like the competitive atmosphere.

  • Gus: Getting to meet new friends

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