Posted: Aug 29, 2011 7:18 PM by Stephanie Collins
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 8:50 PM
A Pueblo native, that's ranked 12th in the nation for bareback riding, is competing in tonight's rodeo at the Colorado State Fair.
Casey Colletti says the rodeo is something that runs in his family. His dad did it for about 25 years, so Casey says he was pretty much destined to be a cowboy, "This rodeo make me more nervous thatn any rodeo I've ever been to because all the family and friends and everybody comes out. Everbody likes to cheer for the hometown cowboy whether they know you or not. Not that it's pressuring, I'm excited to be here, I just really want to do good," he explained before tonights event.
There's a good chance Casey will do very well tonight. This year he was the top rider at Cheyenne Frontier Days and Prescott Frontier Days, two of the biggest rodeo events in the country.
Casey isn't the only one from Southern Colorado competing at the State Fair, but he's one of the new up and coming riders. Fair organizers love these local performers. They say they really bring more people out to the rodeo and help fill the stands.