Bull riding in freshman's blood

Dalton Sweley of Blue Hill competes in the first round of bull
riding during the Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals
Thursday night at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Bull riding seems to be in Dalton Sweley's blood.

Before the 15-year-old Blue Hill boy entered school, he was riding animals. He started out riding sheep at age 4 or 5. He progressed to calves then steer. He participated in the junior high division of the High School Rodeo Association for two years.

This year, he debuted as a freshman bull rider.

"It's just fun," Dalton said. "I saw Dad do it and decided to try."

It's not hard to imagine how he decided to start riding.

Since he was a week old, his father, David, has been bringing Dalton along to rodeo events.

} David rode bulls for 15 years in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). He took second place twice at the Oregon Trail Rodeo. His wife, Janel, also participated in breakaway roping for a couple years.

David has retired but still does some saddle bronc riding and team roping. The family still goes to the Oregon Trail Rodeo every year and travel to as many rodeos as they can.

"It's a lifestyle some people don't understand," he said.

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