Wyatt Wegener, who graduated from Central DeWitt in the spring, began showing an interest in horses and riding sports as a young boy.
His parents, Nicole and Josh, remember him riding the arms of their living room couch and trying to rope their ankles as they walked by.
Over the years he honed those skills while competing all over the state and Midwest. DeWitt’s own Wyatt Wegener is making a return to the national stage for the second time in as many years.
The saddle bronc rider is returning to the National High School Rodeo Finals July 14-20.
Last year, Wegener rode his way to a fourth-place finish at the event after qualifying on the strength of a consistent season in the Iowa High School Rodeo circuit.
The Iowa High School Rodeo season consists of five two-day rodeos in the
fall, four two-day rodeos in the spring, and the state finals.
This year, Wegener parlayed his status as the top saddle bronc rider in the state into a berth at this year’s national competition. He’s carrying the title of saddle bronc champion of Iowa into the week-long event in Rock Springs, Wyoming July 14-20.
As the top saddle bronc rider in the state, Wegener was given a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) permit, which allows him to enter into professional rodeos. His top ranking also earned him a “champion’s saddle.”
Wegener’s state title in the ring earned him a scholarship as well. He will attend Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas to major in Farm & Ranch Management. He’ll also compete on the school’s rodeo squad.
The National High School Rodeo includes over 1,500 participants from across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Mexico. It is the largest rodeo in the world.