Behind the Chutes: Prestyn Novak
Family: J.D. and Danelle Mutchler, brothers Tyler and Caleb Mutchler and sister Megan Mutchler – Newell; Chris and Tina Novak, Sister Morgan Parys and brother Brady Novak – Hermosa
Rodeo Event(s): Team Roping, Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling
What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Go compete at the College level successfully and make the college finals. This is a long term goal, but I want to compete at the pro level and make the NFR
What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? To make a living by doing what I love
Favorite aspect of rodeo: The competition aspect and then being able to joke, laugh, and make friends after a rodeo.
Best rodeo memory: Placing fifth in the second round of the National Jr. High Finals rodeo in goat tying, and winning my first team roping saddle
Notable achievements in the sport: Finished 21st in the world in the team roping at the Jr. High National Finals, 2 year State JR High Team Roping (heeler) champion; Reserve Champion Team Roping (header) at State 4-H Finals
Tell us about your horses: Dakota is 13 and is my main heel horse and I can use him for anything, he has the heart the size of Texas and will give 120 percent at anything he does. Mojo is my up and coming heel/calf horse and will take the place of Dakota so I can pass him down to my little brother. Magic is my bull dogging horse that we purchased from Alan Good and he is probably the fastest and most energetic horse I have ever ridden.
Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? Alan Bach Team Roping school, Brent Lewis Calf Roping school, Paul Greimsmen Team Roping Clinic. Many mentors who help all the time – both of my Dads, Uncle TJ Steel, Tyler Haugen, Todd Williamson, Kevin Jaeger.
What do you like to do when you’re not competing? Play basketball, workout, and hang out with friends.
What’s playing on your iPod/radio? Mix of everything, Rap, Hip Hop, Country, Rock, Pop.
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