We recently had the opportunity to catch up with four members of the Smarty Young Pro Team. This week, we are joined by Kaden Prince of Snyder, Texas, Burgan Torgerson of Torrey, Utah, Riley Smith of Diamond Springs, California, and Pepper Rhyne of Craig, Colorado.

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

  • Kaden: Team Roping (Heeler)

  • Burgan: Breakaway and Team Roping (Header)

  • Riley: Team Roping (Header), Tie-down, Chute Dogging, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Steer, Goat Tying, Ribbon Roping, Steer Stopping, Breakaway

  • Pepper: Team Roping (Header) and Tie Down Roping

At what age did you start riding?

  • Kaden: 3 Years Old

  • Burgan: 2-3 Years Old

  • Riley: 9 Years Old

  • Pepper: When I was 4

Who is your favorite pro rodeo athlete?

  • Kaden: Jade Corkill

  • Burgan: Kaleb Driggers

  • Riley: Patrick Smith

  • Pepper: Tyson Durfey and Ren Richard

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

  • Kaden: I clear my mind and run one steer at a time

  • Burgan: I focus when I am in school so I can get all of my work done and eliminate homework so when I get home I can focus on roping!

  • Riley: If I will be out of town for a rodeo, I do my school work on weekend or on free nights. This is easy because I am homeschooled. To prepare for the rodeo I work on the dummy a lot and make sure I have not developed any bad habits. I also watch videos to motivate me for my events.

  • Pepper: Lots of sleep and working out

Tell us a little about your horse?

  • Kaden: Bud is 19 years old and he has been pro rodeoed on for the last 5 years. He's a seasoned veteran.

  • Burgan: My team roping horse is an 11 year old grey gelding named Ice. He is my baby. I can head, heel, breakaway, run poles, run barrels, cut, and punch cows on him. I can also put anyone on him and he takes the best care of my little brother. My breakaway horse is a 6 year old strawberry roan amre that isn't really punchy at all. LOL. But she is a wicked calf and heel horse! She has won both me and my dad a lot of rodeos, ropings, and money! I am very grateful for my horses!

  • Riley: My horse's name is Duke. He is a Quarter Horse gelding. He is 15.2 hands and is a palomino. He gets excited easily but is a good boy and does the job. I use him for all of my roping events.

  • Pepper: His name is Roany, he is a red road I bought about 3 months afo and is doing great. I can't wait to rodeo on him.

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

  • Kaden: Chosen One and Legend

  • Burgan: Only the Fat (Roosevelt Road) and rap!

  • Riley: The Charlie Daniels song called "Bull Riding Son of a Gun"

  • Pepper: All of Roosevelt Road's songs

What’s your favorite meal on the road?

  • Kaden: Whataburger Monterey Melt

  • Burgan: Chick-fil-a or leftovers

  • Riley: Burger, fries, and soda

  • Pepper: Hamburger and fries

What do you want to major in college?

  • Kaden: Ranch Management and Welding

  • Burgan: I am planning on going to SUU and majoring in architecture with a minor in interior design

  • Pepper: I really haven't decided what I want to major in

What’s your favorite subject in school?

  • Riley: Science

  • Pepper: I like all of my Ag classes

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

  • Kaden: Before I leave for a rodeo and at a friend's palce along the rodeo trail

  • Burgan: We have lights on our arena, so really every night we're home

  • Pepper: As much as possible when I am home

Who is your traveling partner(s):

  • Kaden: Riley Rieken

  • Burgan: My family or my sister Kate!

  • Pepper: My mom, dad, and sister

What do you do when you are not rodeoing?

  • Kaden: Riding young horses and practicing a lot

  • Burgan: Hang out with friends and raise trouble! LOL

  • Riley: Rope goats in my goat roping arena, ride dirt bikes, and I also raise a 4-H lamb every year that I also work with for our local county fair.

  • Pepper: Crossfit, wrestle, and fish

What’s your favorite thing about rodeoing?

  • Kaden: The rodeo lifestyle and how we are a rodeo family

  • Burgan: I love rodeoing with my whole heart, but my favorite thing is the relationships I have made and continue to make! I have made lifelong friends and memories that I wouldn't trade for the world! Another thing is the competition. If I wasn't competing with the best kids in the state, I wouldn't be half the roper that I am today!

  • Riley: I love that it is very low key. You don't need to have a nice trailer or really nice tack or an expensive horse. It is also open to all ages which makes the competition more fun at jackpots.

  • Pepper: The friends and connections you will make along the way

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