Hanging on for the win
By Robin Scott
Dalhart area residents have become very familiar with the Wing name and the successes the Wing children have had in the rodeo world. Stormy, the oldest of the three children, is busy making a name for himself as a pro rodeo bull rider. Little sister Laramie is busy in her freshman year of goat tying post-high school and little brother Tex stays busy with the Junior Rodeo.
Most recently Stormy’s trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina proved just how dangerous his chosen profession may be. During a ride on “Cajun Blast,” Stormy was knocked out cold before being tossed to the ground, unconscious and right in the path of the bull. Rodeo clowns quickly jumped in to steer the bull away from Stormy, who lay motionless in the arena. Traleia Wing, Stormy’s mother, stated, “He was okay, just a few chipped teeth, but it was very frightening.”
As a twenty-year-old, Stormy is a rookie to professional bull riding. According to his mother, “He’s sitting at first for Rookie of the PBR (Pro Bull Riding) for this year.” Stormy regularly places first with scores as high as 90.00. During the Winston-Salem Invitational, he rode two other bulls successfully. He hung on for the full second on “Lucky Toad” with a score of 87.75 and on “Legacy” with a score of 84.50.
More often than not, Stormy completes each bull ride and has even done well in Xtreme Bullriding. Anyone watching the Winston-Salem Invitational on television would have felt that what Stormy experienced was extreme. The 5 foot 6 inch pro bull rider may have his helmet to thank for not having been injured more. His mother noted, “He wears a vest, but never did want to wear a helmet. I really pushed the helmet because his profession is so dangerous.” Stormy took his mother’s advice and has been wearing a helmet for awhile now, and it proved more than beneficial in the February 10th ride on “Cajun Blast.”
All of the Wing children were born to ride and rope. The Wing’s have a long history of involvement with 4-H. Michael Wing, the children’s father, is equally supportive of the children’s rodeo endeavors. During Stormy’s first trip to the Houston Rodeo, he became the first bull rider to win all three rounds and the first in any rodeo event to win $10,000, and he was just 19-years-old then.
Eight seconds is a minute amount of time for most activities, but not to bull riders. Stormy has found a balance between winning and losing and has managed to hang on enough times to put him in an excellent position for success now and in the future. His average score for his rookie pro year of 85.92 demonstrates that the 150 pound young man from Dalhart has what it takes to hang on for the duration.