PSN: Who are you traveling with since Cody Wright was sidelined over the Fourth of July weekend?
CD: Right after he got hurt, I was traveling by myself to the rodeos, but then I started entering with a guy from back home named Ty Jones.
PSN: Bareback riding or saddle bronc riding? Which is your favorite event?
CD: Whichever one I am making money in. Right now, it would have to be the bareback riding. I seem to be more consistent in the bareback riding. Every rodeo I go to, I enter both because my philosophy is since I am already there, I might as well give myself two chances to win something.
PSN: Which one is harder?
CD: Bronc riding is tougher for me. I don't know why, but I think some of it has to do with my confidence level. I haven't been able to get things to click in the saddle bronc riding, so lately I have been beating myself up trying to get on a roll.
PSN: Do you have any brothers or sisters competing in rodeo?
CD: I have a younger brother, Buck. He qualified for the high school finals in saddle bronc riding. He also likes to rope some. He mostly heels, and we have roped a little together in the practice pen.
PSN: Favorite place to travel?
CD: Las Vegas in December. You get to go to 10 really good rodeos in a row with no traveling, and the money is really good. Also, the stock is the best in the business, so you can't ask for much more than that.
PSN: When did you start your rodeo career?
CD: My dad, Joe, got me started, and I went to my first rodeo school, Shawn Davis' school, at the age of 5. I am pretty sure I was the youngest one there. I have attended it every year, except for the last two, either as a student or an instructor. I learned bareback riding from my dad and J.C. Trujillo, who was the bareback riding instructor at the school at that time.
PSN: Was that a big reason you decided to go to school at the College of Southern Idaho?
CD: I grew up near the school and used to go over there and practice with the college guys. It was a natural fit for me, and I got a scholarship.
PSN: What was the best thing about college?
CD: Being able to compete in college rodeo and to get my education paid for.
PSN: The College of Southern Idaho has an annual event known as the Latham Motors Cowboy and Cowgirl Boxing Smoker. When you were there, who did you have to fight?
CD: The year I competed, I had to fight Shane Moran.
PSN: Who won?
CD: I plead the fifth on that. It was a fun event, and the girls were always the most fun to watch because you never knew what was going to happen. The community really came together to support the school.
PSN: If you were to win the lottery tomorrow, how would it change your life?
CD: It would change it a bunch. I would buy a big ranch in Montana, so my dad and I could raise bucking horses, put on some rodeos and maybe take some stock to the Finals.
PSN: Do you plan to get into the stock contracting business when you retire from rodeo?
CD: I definitely see myself getting into something like that. Right now, dad has a few horses, and he puts on some amateur and high school rodeos in Montana. We have our foot in the door anyway.
PSN: How many numbers do you have in your cell phone?
CD: At least 150.
PSN: If you could live any place in the world, where would it be?
CD: Probably Montana on a big ranch. Of all the places I have traveled, the Montana lifestyle suits me best.
PSN: Would you be better on the show Survivor or Fear Factor?
CD: Survivor because I don't eat bugs.
PSN: Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!?
CD: Neither one because I am not good with word puzzles or trivia questions.
PSN: Do you consider yourself a morning person or night owl?
CD: A night owl for sure.
PSN: What is your bigger dream, to win an event title or the all-around title?
CD: I have always had the mindset that if I did my best in both events (bareback riding and saddle bronc riding) the all-around would take care of itself. Just winning a world title would be awesome and something I have dreamed about.
PSN: What is the most memorable ride of your career?
CD: Probably the $50,000 round in Calgary in 2004, when I won it on Kesler Rodeo's Alley Ways. The other would have to be San Francisco last year when I rode Spring Fling for 90-plus points to win.
PSN: Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
CD: My dad because he got me started. He used to ride bareback horses and then started working as a pickup man. I would go with him to the college finals and would learn a lot by just watching.
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