Meet the first of the five Jr. Ironman who qualified via the National Little Britches during the 2018/2010 season.
Full name: Kolton Lee Powell
City and State: Benton, KY
School: Marshall Co High School
How many years competing w the NLBRA? 3 years
How did your family hear about the NLBRA? They just recently started a Kentucky association and we had heard about it through other rodeo families.
Why do you choose to compete in the NLBRA? The opportunities NLBRA offers and I enjoy traveling to other states and competing in their rodeos.
What is your favorite memory from the 2018/2019 NLBRA season? My favorite memory would be making it to the NLBRA Finals at the Lazy E and making it back to the short go in the steer wrestling.
Who is your rodeo/arena hero? My parents because they have sacrificed and dedicated their lives to hauling me up and down the road and being full time chute help.
If you could be better at one thing in the arena, what would that be? How would you do this?
I would like to improve my mental game and being able to block out the nervous feelings. I would do this by being confident and focused enough to not let what the person before me affect how I do.
Cinch Timed Event hero? Chad Masters
Who do you wish you could rope with, haze with or... I wish I could head for Junior Nogueira
If you could steal/borrow a horse from a pro- what event, horse..and pro? Why? I would borrow Tyson Durfey’s calf horse because I like a high caliber horse with lots of try and a big stop.
What are your goals for the Junior Ironman? Naturally I would love to win the entire thing however, if that is not Gods plan for me, I will enjoy the opportunity and make memories and learn from this amazing experience.
What will you do to prep for this event? Most importantly I will make sure my horses and I are in the best shape and physically prepared to preform the best we can. Secondly, I will make sure my roping and steer wrestling basics are up to speed.
Favorite motivational quote or bible verse? “If you ain’t first you’re last” – Ricky Bobby
Words to live by for aspiring young rodeo athletes...
Rodeo is the most rewarding and humbling sport to be involved with. Rodeo isn’t a normal sport it is a way of life and you will receive as much as you’re willing to put into it. Work hard and never let anything stop you from becoming what you want to be.
All around senior boys that are interested competing for a chance to be selected in the 2021 Junior Ironman, visit www.nlbra.com/juniorironman for more information.