Local cowboy, Brody Parsons, is making a name for himself at a young age in the rodeo arena, finishing in the top 15 at the World Champion Miniature Bull Riding finals in Mesquite over the weekend.
Not only did the six-year old finish 15 in the average but he placed 3rd in the second round, earning him a check, which moved him from 31st to 11th before the finals.
Parson, a kindergartener at North Lamar Higgins Elementary School, may have only ridden his full bull a few months ago but his passion for the sport started when he first saw the movie, “8 Seconds” — a film about rodeo legend, Lane Frost.
He started practicing on sheep followed by mechanical bulls then the real thing.
Over the summer, Parson showcased his skills participating in Rodeo Mafia, where he rode four bulls in 24 hours and Jesus and Mini Bulls competition, which earned him a spot to the World Championship.
Dad Jess Parson, Jr. told FOX4 he’s proud of his son for being brave enough to get on the back of a bucking animal and for competing against kids from all over the world.
“Competitions can get a little nerve-racking, but I get to run alongside Brody to help guide him. If there is concern, I can quickly pull him off the animal.”
At just 6-years old, Parson said he has tried other sports in the past, like baseball, but he thinks riding bulls is easier.
He said he looks up to legendary bull rider, Lane Frost and has a special fondness for the bull named, WarPaint.