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Likes hanging out with the bulls

Name: Levi Wilkins

Age: 18

Family: siblings Cheyenne, Tessa, Sasha, Dakota, and Nick my Papa, Aunt Donna, Granny, and Brooke and my dog Camo

Hometown: Canon City, CO

School: Online

Rodeo events: Bull Rider

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What is your future in the sport of rodeo? My rodeo future is in God's hands – where He leads and opens doors is where I will be

Where would you like to see it go? I would like to see rodeo come back like it was in the old days, when rodeo was a big part of America everyone did it

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? My goal is to work hard do the best and give a 110 percent I would like to be competing and on the circuit by the time I'm 21 and I want to win the world on the PBR level. I still have a long way to go for that. I want to raise bucking bulls as well.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: The people you get to meet, compete with and the country you get to see traveling.

Best rodeo memory: Coming back from an injury and four weeks later winning finals still injured, and winning the open invitational in Pueblo, CO, during the state fair. I outrode some of the toughest and oldest competitors out there .

Notable achievements in the sport: Winning the world, it is a very humbling experience.

Roughstock competitors: favorite horse/bull/steer and why: I don't have any favorite's like them all, as long as they buck 

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? Yes I attended Sankey Rodeo School in April of 2011 in Penrose, CO, and I attended Monster Bull, bull riding school (Riding David Berry Style) in 2011 & 2012 in Locus Grove, OK, at the Berry Ranch

Role models/mentors: my Papa, David Berry, Charlie Sampson, Lane Frost are my role models

My mentors are God and my Dad, Dave Wolfe, Logan McDermott, Bill D, Holly & David Berry

What do you like to do when you're not competing? I like to play stock contractor, work with all the stock, I like just hanging out with the bulls, feeding them etc. I love being around them. I like to rope the fast line too.

What's on playing on your iPod/radio? Colby Yates Casey Donahue band, Chris Ledoux, yellow wolf

I pray before I ride and I pray after I ride saying thank you for keeping me safe. I ride for the Big Man upstairs. My family and friends have helped me out in this journey I'm on. God is my biggest fan along with my parents and my granny, Aunt Donna, Dakota, Nick and Brooke and my Papa. They have been behind me every step of the way, I couldn't have done it without them. They support me and help me in anyway they can, they always make sure I have what I need to ride. They have given up a lot in order for me to reach my goals. My dad pulls my rope and hauls me to the arena and my mom video's every ride so I can go back over them with dad doing my homework .

I want to give thanks to God because He's the reason I'm riding and I wouldn't be where I'm today if it wasn't for Him.

Big thanks to Dave and Holly Berry, Mr. Sankey, Mr. Drake, Logan and Dave Wolfe for teaching me and showing me what I needed to learn so I can accomplish my goals in this sport in and out of the arena. My parents for all they have sacrificed putting up with me, standing behind me and helping me 24/7. To my dad who has never missed a rodeo, always being there for me behind the chute giving me words of encouragement and pulling my rope.

Behind the Chutes is an exclusive Tri-State Livestock News feature on a young rodeo athlete who stands out among his or her peers. These youngsters have won event championships or all-around championships at a rodeo, won a roping or achieved success in rodeo in some manner. If you know of a youngster who should be featured, please contact us with his or her name and e-mail address. There is no bottom age limit and athletes may be up to college rodeo competitors. We also plan to feature upcoming youth rodeo events in SD, WY, MT, ND, NE and CO so please contact us with this information, as well.