Houston Brown may be a freshman for the Laramie County Community College rodeo team, but a person would never know it by his performances or his demeanor.
It did not take Brown long to introduce himself to the Central Rocky Mountain division of college rodeo. In his first event, Brown finished fourth in saddle bronc, riding with a final score of 73. Brown also had a strong finish at the Lamar Community College rodeo when he took seventh overall as the teams’ roping header.
Brown had his best performance yet at the Sheridan College rodeo, finishing third overall in the men’s all-around with a final score of 130, finishing only 10 points from second place.
“I’m honestly not surprised by his performance in Sheridan,” Beau Clark, head coach of the rodeo team said. “Houston is a humble kid who is hardworking and always striving to get better. The stars are the limits for him.”
Even after having a great showing in the fall season rodeos, it is obvious that Brown aspires for more.
“I feel like I could have done better in the rodeos,” Brown said. “I missed some opportunities that I should’ve capitalized on.”
Brown’s humility and drive seems to come from the success that he had as a high school saddle bronc rider. Brown attended Powder River County District High School in Broadus, Montana, where he won back-to-back state titles as a saddle bronc rider.
His greatest success came during his senior season when Brown won nationals in saddle bronc riding.
“It didn’t sink in right away,” Brown said. “It hasn’t changed my life so it never really sank in for me. I thought it would be cool to win it all going into it, but I didn’t know if it would happen. It was a surreal feeling and I was happy to win.”
Before joining the LCCC rodeo team this fall, Brown also competed in Cheyenne over the summer at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Brown competed in the rookie bronc riding, and on his first go-around he finished third overall.
“Competing at Cheyenne Frontier Days was a really cool experience for me,” Brown said. “It’s one of the biggest rodeos in the country, and attracts some of the best guys in rodeo from all around the world. It was really awesome to just compete at Frontier Days and be a part of it all.”
Even though the fall rodeo circuit has come to a close for the 2017 season, Brown is looking forward to being very competitive in the spring rodeo circuit and improving on his fall performances.
“You can be dang sure that I want to be at the top of the Central Rocky Mountain division when the season is over,” Brown said. “I just want to improve in my personal events and help the team improve overall. At the end of the season I want to be the one who wins it all at the College Nationals Rodeo Final.”