There is a long, rich tradition in the rodeo world that tends to get handed down from generation to generation. The Stolt family of Belle Plaine, MN is proof of that tradition.
Nick Stolt is a 31 year old who has spent the last 15 of his 31 years riding bulls. Nick has a long list of achievements in his riding career. He has won such events as Faribault, Long Praire, Jordan, and Clearwater, MN. Nick has an impressive list of associations he has ridden in.from the MRA all the way up to the PRCA. Stolt got his start riding in their county fair as a teenager, and joined the MN High School Rodeo.
Something every rodeo fan knows is that Competing in rodeos and adversity comes hand in hand. All rodeo competitors deal with physical and mental adversity, and Nick is no different. One of Nick’s biggest adversities he had to fight through was the mental game. One of the hardest things a rodeo competitor has to do is beat their own head. In Nick’s case, he remembers it being especially difficult to fight his head when he was in a riding slump. He would have to work hard to really clear his head, and do what came natural to him, while of course trying to not get too beat up along the way.
Nick’s youngest son Royce has been out to watch his father riding bulls since before he could walk. I have met Royce a hand full of times myself, and anytime I have seen him, he’s always been mimicking Nick, and is always sitting on something pretending it’s a bull.
Royce, at the age of 4 has already started in his father’s footsteps. When asked why Nick decided to get Royce involved in bull riding, he simply stated that he didn’t decide, Royce decided that he was going to ride bulls, and Nick was not going to stand in his way. Nick loves the rodeo family, and friends he met on his own rodeo journey, and knows what lessons there are to be learned from chasing that rodeo dream. Knowing all of that Nick knows first hand makes it easy for him to let Royce follow in his footsteps.
So far Royce has ridden sheep, and even mini bulls at the High Island Tuff-N-Nuff mini bull riding tour in Dayton, IA. He has ridden 6 mini bulls so far in his young rodeo career. While “Mutton Bustin'”, or sheep riding Royce scored an 81 in Henderson, MN where he won the event.
Royce also won 4 of the 6 mini bull rides he competed in with scores of 81, 74, 72, and 71. In January of next year, Royce will be competing in Oklahoma City for the world finals! He also qualified for the Tuff-N-Nuff mini bull finals in September in Ames, IA.
When he’s not out tackling mini bulls, Royce loves to do things that every 4 year old loves to do. He plays with his brother and sister, likes to play baseball, and foot ball. He also enjoys the rush of riding the snowmobile and 4 wheeler.
Currently with a couple of big trips planned to got to finals 4 year old Royce is looking for some sponsors to help make his dreams a reality. If you or your company may be interested in sponsoring Royce you can contact
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