PSN: What was the key to your success last year?
CS: Riding good horses. I was really fortunate to have the chance to ride so many good horses.
PSN: How did you feel the first time you walked into the Thomas & Mack Center?
CS: It was unbelievable. From watching it on television for so many years to then competing there was just amazing. It was a dream come true.
PSN: What was the most memorable moment of your first Wrangler NFR?
CS: Winning the fifth round was by far the most memorable.
PSN: What do you enjoy doing away from the rodeo arena?
CS: Hanging out with my buddies. When we get the time, I enjoy playing basketball or football. When I am home, I also go fishing and duck hunting. I have a buddy who I went to high school with who always has a place for us to go duck hunting once the season starts.
PSN: What type of offshore work does your dad, Billy, do?
CS: He works at a production plant that deals with oil and gas.
PSN: What does your mom, Diana, do at the bank?
CS: She is the assistant vice president.
PSN: What did you enjoy most about high school?
CS: Playing football.
PSN: What position did you play, and did you ever think about playing in college?
CS: I played defensive end, and we went to the playoffs my sophomore year. That was the best year of my football career. I got a few letters from some schools to go play, but I decided to follow my dream of being a professional roper.
PSN: How many hours a day do you practice?
CS: When I was younger, I spent a lot more time practicing then I do now. I used to come home from school and rope until it got dark. Now that I have the knowledge and skill, I probably spend about two hours a day working on my technique.
PSN: What is the biggest misconception people have about cowboys?
CS: I think people think our sport is easier than what it really is, and often times I don't think they truly appreciate that we are athletes. Whether it is barrel racing, roping or riding roughstock, we have to be in top physical shape like other professional athletes.
PSN: What sports do you enjoy watching on TV or in person?
CS: Definitely football. My favorite team is the Indianapolis Colts and player is Peyton Manning.
PSN: If you could meet anyone from history or the sporting world, who would it be?
CS: I would have liked to have met tie-down roper Shawn McMullan because he was my hero when I was growing up. (McMullan was killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 17, 1996).
PSN: Are you a hi-tech or pretty simple guy?
CS: I am pretty simple. A cell phone is about as good as it gets.
PSN: What's your favorite home-cooked meal?
CS: I love my mom's chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy. It doesn't get much better than that.
PSN: If you weren't a professional rodeo cowboy, what would you be?
CS: I've never really thought about it because I have always wanted to be a cowboy. If I wasn't a cowboy though, I would probably have some type of office job with an air conditioner.
PSN: What's your favorite vacation spot?
CS: Cancun looks like a fun place.
PSN: If you were to win the lottery tomorrow, how would it change your life?
CS: I would own all the best roping horses and have a nice big rig to drive around. I would continue to rodeo, but the money would make it a lot easier.
PSN: If you could have tickets to any sporting event, what would it be?
CS: The Super Bowl because for football it doesn't get any better than that. Of course, I would want the Indianapolis Colts to be playing in that game.
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