Young actor, stuntman wins bullriding title
In the movie business, he goes by Dylan Hice. When he rodeos, he usually shows up in the results as Dylan Vick. By the end of the month he will legally become Dylan Vick Hice, paying tribute to his father, Dusty Vick, who taught him about rodeo, and to his stepfather, Freddie Hice, the third generation movie stuntman who got Dylan started in the film business at age 8 as an uncredited extra in American Outlaws.
The name change seems to him like the right move at this point in his life, when Vick Hice, 22, is starting to gain real traction in both halves of his life. In recent years, there have been movie stunt jobs in Django Unchained, 3:10 to Yuma, Cowboys & Aliens and The Lone Ranger. Then there is the ever-growing list of credits on the rodeo side, which has him thinking about an appearance on rodeo’s biggest stage come this December.
An 82-point ride on Growney Brothers’ Wish This on April 13 earned him the bull riding title at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour event, presented by Justin Boots – by far the biggest win of his three-year PRCA career and his seventh title overall.
With an earlier win at the San Dimas (Calif.) Western Days Rodeo, and a third-place result at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver, he is now 19th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, up from 32nd a week ago.
“It’s hard to try to rodeo and work in movies,” Vick Hice said. “It’s kind of a dilemma, but not a bad one … nothing I would ever complain about. There have been times when I have had to give movies precedence, because it pays better and that is probably my long-term career.
“But now that I’m having some success in rodeo it (the Wrangler NFR) is definitely in the back of my mind, and I want to fulfill my childhood dream. I know I only have so many years as a bull rider. I’ve turned down a few movie jobs, a couple of Westerns in Canada and Mexico, so that I could stay on the road and rodeo.
“If things keep going well, I’ll stay out on the road and compete. Over the next few months I’m planning to enter all I can. I’ve been traveling with Cody Campbell and Jordan Spears and they’ve been doing really well, so that makes you want to pick it up and do well, too, and not be a third wheel.
“You always want to win, but you want to win against your friends at their best. We all try to help each other and encourage each other. I’ll keep going as long as the money is coming in. If money runs low, I’ll just go back to work.”
And finding work should not be a problem.
Apart from the stunt work in films – starting with Spy Kids 2, in 2002 – Vick Hice has also done work in a variety of television series, including NCIS, Criminal Minds and CSI.
“I worked on The Lone Ranger for 3-4 months,” he said, “but sometimes it’s just a few days. If (stunt coordinators) call, I jump in the truck and drive (the six hours) down there from home (in Escalon, Calif.).”
The other champions at this $180,078 rodeo were bareback rider Steven Peebles (88 points), steer wrestler Blaine Jones (10.7 seconds on two head), team ropers Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira (9.5 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer and Wade Sundell (84 points each), tie-down roper Clint Robinson (18.4 seconds on two head) and barrel racer Sheena Robbins (17.32 seconds). F