Laramie, Wyo. - There are some people who ride horses for fun and others who ride for therapeutic reasons. But when it comes to Laramie's Kayson Dory, he rides for the thrill of it.
"I don't ride horses unless they buck," said Dory, who just completed his freshman year at Laramie High School.
The Laramie sophomore-to-be is set to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo on Sunday, where he'll compete on Saddle Bronc.
But this won't be his first time at nationals. Kayson went his 6th grade year after becoming the runner up at state, and went again the following year after winning the state title.
Dory says the only difference between now and then is the level of competition.
"I've been looking forward to the bigger level. My older brother went his junior and senior year and I'm kind of following in his footsteps, " said Dory.
His older brother, Justin Dory, road buckin' horses and became a mentor for Kayson. His father has also guided him, even though he road bulls at Kayson's age.
"Just one of those kinds of dads, you know? He road bulls but he can see stuff like non other. Like I'll get on and he'll tell me exactly what I did wrong and what I did right, all that stuff, and my brother's the exact same way," Dory said.
Those weren't his only mentors growing up.
"I don't know if you've heard of Brody Cress, we went and got on with them down in Hillsdale, I was getting on steers and they were getting on buckin' horses and they kinda motivated me to ride buckin' horses so here I be," said Dory.
But with every great rider, comes injury. He broke his collar bone last summer, shattering his elbow months later, and came into the spring rodeo eight horses behind.
Dory said, "I was 70 points behind the leader so I had zero coming into the spring rodeo."
Kayson battled back, winning the second round of saddle bronc at state and finished third overall, just barely earning a bid to nationals.
"I'm just really trying to draw good and ride good. I may not win the world but it doesn't matter to me. Just as long as I put on a good performance."
The National High School Finals Rodeo begins July 21st in Rock Springs, Wyoming.