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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bull Rider Noah Thompson
Noah Thompson is back from a major bullrider's competition in Oklahoma. A 14-year-old freshman at Morristown West High, Noah began bullriding in February 2017, and has had the opportunity to ride with several rodeo associations. Because Noah won five regional meets, he qualified to compete in the IMBA(International Miniature Bullrider's Association) World MINI Bullriding Finals. Young cowboys for all across the country and Canada, were involved in the competition. Three age groups, Pee Wee, Junior, and Senior Bullriders were involved in the world finals at the Lazy E Arena, in Guthrie, Oklahoma last weekend. In the second round, Noah won 1st place with an 81 point qualified ride. He placed 7th overall in the world among the 30 bull riders in his class, and came home with his 2nd round championship buckle for senior mini bull riding. The teen says he was encouraged to ride bulls by his step-father Cocke County Deputy Sgt. Hollis Emmons, himself a former bull rider. Noah's mother, Joann Thompson of Bybee, said her son "continued to smile during the competition, and we are extremely proud, of his hard work and dedication. He is living his dream and his goal is to one day have a career in bull riding, in the PBR." According to Noah, for a bull rider to be successful,"it takes alot of heart and trying. You're just not going to get it everytime you just have to be at the right spot with perfect timing." He practices at his mother's farm in Cocke County using a barrel which moves like a bull." It gets your form down and then when you get on a bull you know what you are doing, and you won't get hurt." The trip to Oklahoma was fun, says Noah. He feels fortunate because most bull riders practice seven or eight years before making it to a world championship. Ultimately he wants to make it to the PBR(Professional Bull Riders Association); "Make a name for myself, retire early and live good."

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