PSN: How is your rookie season treating you?
SW: It has been great. I haven't been able to go to as many rodeos as I would like because of my college schedule, but what I have been to have been good.
PSN: Is it more than you expected?
SW: I was hoping that I would do well, but it is probably a little more than I expected.
PSN: What is the worst thing about being a rookie?
SW: Just getting your name out there and proving yourself in the rodeo world.
PSN: How much has your older brother, Lee, helped you with your career?
SW: He has been a big help and has stood behind me and supported me. If I get down, he offers some friendly advice for how I need to correct it. When I started out on my permit, he gave me advice on how and where to enter since he had been through it already.
PSN: How long have you and Lee been riding bulls?
SW: We both started in high school. I was probably 14 or 15 when I first started riding bulls.
PSN: What made you both go into bull riding?
SW: My dad used to ride bulls in high school, so I guess it was bred into us.
PSN: What does your mom think of you two riding bulls?
SW: She is fine with it now. At first, she wasn't too excited about it because of the danger involved. She has always supported us in whatever we decided to do.
PSN: How is five-time world champion Lewis Feild as a rodeo coach?
SW: I really like him, and I have known him for several years. If I need to miss a college rodeo to go to a PRCA rodeo, he understands and is cool with it.
PSN: Did you decide to go to Utah Valley State College because he was the coach?
SW: Not exactly. The college is close to my house, so I can live at home. Having him as the coach, though, was definitely a plus.
PSN: Are you competing in bull riding and saddle bronc riding in the PRCA?
SW: I have started entering the bronc riding at some PRCA rodeos, and he (Feild) has really helped me in that area. He knows what he is talking about. I don't ride broncs as well as I would like to, but I will keep working on it. I have qualified for both bull riding and bronc riding at the College Finals, so we will see what happens.
PSN: What are you getting your degree in at Utah Valley State College?
SW: Lineman Technology. It is working with power lines and hi-voltage electricity.
PSN: Favorite food?
SW: Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza.
PSN: If you were on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you?
SW: Water, pizza and a good-looking girl.
PSN: Are you dating anyone?
SW: No. I don't have a girlfriend yet.
PSN: Your family owns a dairy farm. How big of an operation is it?
SW: We have just gotten involved in the dairy business. We are selling our place and getting a bigger place in nearby Payson so we can have a bigger operation. Once we get it up and running, my dad is planning on having 1,000 goats to milk and 40 Jersey cows.
PSN: Do you enjoy watching other sports?
SW: Before I got involved in rodeo, I played football. My favorite team is probably the Denver Broncos.
PSN: What was your favorite subject in high school?
SW: Spring break probably, as I wasn't too big on the school thing.
PSN: What do you enjoy doing away from the rodeo arena?
SW: Boating. We have a lake pretty close to our house, so I enjoy going out and fishing and wakeboarding.
PSN: Any superstitions?
SW: I don't believe in superstitions. I think they are overrated.
PSN: If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be and why?
SW: Cancun. I have heard it is pretty fun down there.
PSN: If you weren't a professional bull rider, what would you be doing?
SW: Probably working as a dairy farmer.
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