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Chance Leslie Englebert: Loves the outdoors and good bareback horses

Age: 19

Family: Parents, Everett and Dawn Englebert, Miles and Clay are my younger brothers. Miles is 16 and rides bulls, plays football, basketball and runs track. Clay is 13 and likes football and 4-H shooting sports.

Hometown: Burdock, SD

School: Edgemont High School

Rodeo events: Bareback Riding

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? I would love to be able to stay in rodeo for as long as I can and when I am unable to ride I would love to be able to come back with a good bucking string or doing anything I can do to keep bareback riding going.

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What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? I hope to be able to make WNFR someday in the future, and to do whatever I can to keep rodeo a growing sport.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: The friends you make along the way. They become your family.

Best rodeo memory: I can't remember any bad rodeo experiences. Now that I think back I'm glad I went through all the wrecks and everything I did to get to where I am now today.

Notable achievements in the sport: I have qualified for state four years in High School Rodeo, High School Nationals three years, 4-H State Bareback rider three years, hold high score at 4-H State Finals of 80 points and Won All Round title at 4-H state finals in 2011. Qualified for National Little Britches Finals three times and ended up in top 4 every year. I have won many buckles, saddles and scholarships.

Favorite roughstock horse you've ridden and why? There were always good horses to get on in the bareback event when you're getting on Wilson bucking horses and Waln bucking horses. South Dakota has a lot of stock contractors and they have always kept us on our toes. There was always one horse that always stood out to me though and that horse was 817 of Wilson rodeos better known as Beetle Bailey. Beetle Bailey is older than all the bareback riders put together and he was still able to put your head in the dirt and make your arm sore. He will almost always have his trip jump kick and come in a circle to the right, right back to the bucking chutes so the judges can see you real well and make some points. Wilsons have always been there to help me and I want to thank them for that and all their awesome stock. Joe Waln also has quite a few horses that you're always able to score high on if you can keep your feet moving and I want to thank him and all the other stock contractors for raising amazing horses for us to be able to get on and ride.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? I have been to Rodeo Bible Camps in New Underwood, SD, were Dustin Luper put me on my first horse and has always been a awesome guide with the rodeos and more important the word of our Lord. I have also been to Bridge Port, NE, for rodeo camps. Then to Dickinson State University Bareback School where Coach Eudell Larson brought in Wayne Herman to work with us. He has been very supportive of me and was there to help me at High School Nationals. I also went to Belle Fourche, SD, with Marvin and Mark Garrett.

Role models/mentors: My family has been my number one supporter and I thank them very much for hauling me all over to rodeos. Role models I have had in rodeo would be Marvin Garrett who has been very successful in rodeo and is now helping kids get involved in the sport, Dustin Luper who is also successful in rodeo and is now helping kids at Chadron State College, Dustin Reeves a successful bareback rider that has always been a phone call away if I needed something and has let me borrow gear as well and also all the Wilsons for helping me with everything and supporting me. Kenny Lensegrav is another that has made his way to the NFR and was always there supporting me. I have been so blessed to have such amazing men to help me with what I love to do plus just great friends and their parents along the way.

What do you like to do when you're not competing? I love to be on the family ranch helping my parents with everything from fencing to trucking with my dad. I have to be outdoors and the city drives me crazy so anything out doors I love.

What's on playing your iPod/radio? Chris Ledoux, Johnny Cash or any of the good older country artists.