Chauncey Hesseltine, a recent Thedford High graduate, loves to be on the go and can’t stand to sit around.
That was most apparent at high school rodeos, where Hesseltine competed in four events: team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.
The Halsey, Neb. resident, a member of the Nebraska State High School Rodeo Association, grew up roping with his dad as he worked on area ranches.
Hesseltine began competing as a roper in junior and senior high rodeos and soon added the saddle bronc riding and bull riding. He was the state champion bull rider in eighth grade and reserve champion breakaway roper the same year.
He was on the honor roll all four years of high school. He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore before deciding to quit to devote more time to rodeo.
Just recently, he added steer wrestling to his repertoire. “I took up the steer wrestling for the fun of it, to say I’ve done every event in rodeo,” Hesseltine said.
His rodeo talents have garnered him a full-ride scholarship to Vernon (Texas) Community College, where he will compete on the rodeo team.
He’s thinking about a degree in criminal justice.
Hesseltine likes the outdoors.
“I don’t like to sit in the house and watch TV. It gets boring and makes me grumpy,” he said.
He has four younger siblings, all of whom compete in rodeo. They are the children of Harald and Julie Hesseltine. — Adams County (Neb.) Agriculture Society