Meet the Member Grayson Cole

by Rodeo News

story by Lily Weinacht

Heart-pumping thrills are the norm for 16-year-old Grayson Cole, but from cliff diving and riding dirt bikes to the roughstock chutes, the adrenaline never gets old – and neither does his love for one of the world’s most extreme sports. “Rodeo was never in my family before I started, but we always went to rodeos when I was growing up,” says the bull rider from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. “Ever since I was three, I wanted to ride bulls. I’m kind of an adrenaline junky. My parents, Jeffery Cole and Nina Krammes, got me started in mutton busting and then I moved up to calves when I was seven.” Grayson qualified for the NJHFR all three years of junior high rodeo and returned to compete on the National level twice in high school before focusing his competition on the APRA and Bullride Mania. He was the PHSRA’s Junior Bull Riding Champion in 2011, while he finished in the top 15 of the IBR’s standings last year in one weekend, and was the reserve champion bull rider of the 2016 Three Willow Farms summer series.
It’s Grayson’s third year riding bulls in the APRA, and he has several role models, both in the association and on the PRCA level. “Dustin Bowen has been my mentor for a while. He’s originally from Fredericksburg, and he’s the first person from Pennsylvania to make the NFR in the bull riding last year,” says Grayson. “I used to go to his house to ride the drop barrel and do drills, so he took me under his wing. Chris Prange has been helping me out since sixth or seventh grade – he sponsored me for high school rodeo and I’ve gone to his bull riding school. His riding style fits me better – most guys get out over the front more, and Chris’s style is sitting up straight and going out to the front only when you have to.”
Grayson has backed off from the practice pen and instead rides a unicycle to stay sharp, a method he picked up from Dustin Bowen several years ago. “I noticed if I just go to a practice pen once in a blue moon, it’s better for me. I ride my unicycle on the roads or at the skate park instead. It’s easier to start out in the house going from door to door, and it takes off from there.” He’s travelling most weekends, either driving himself or hauling with APRA steer wrestler Dillin Holub. “I enjoy riding horses, and when I travel with Dillin, I’ll pony his steer wrestling horse for him,” says Grayson. He never leaves for a rodeo without the auxiliary cord for his car stereo, a must for playing his favorite music off his phone. “I really enjoy the rodeos in Huntingdon and Attica. There’s always a big crowd at Huntingdon and after the rodeo I like to go up to the lake. It was once a town, but it was turned into a lake, and there’s cliffs to jump off of. In Attica, I like meeting all the new people who come there. My drive for rodeo is the love for it. It’s not the money or the buckles – deep down it’s the ambition building up in your heart.”
Outside of the chutes, Grayson enjoys spending time with family – his older brother and sister, Keifer Cole and Cassidy Uhler, and their baby sister, Savannah Krammes. In the summer, he swims in the reservoir near his house or goes to the beach, but during the week, he worked a summer job with Alpha Mills in packaging and moving boxes. He’s now a senior at Blue Mountain High School, where he particularly likes his vo-tech math classes. Following graduation, Grayson plans to college rodeo and is considering going to school in Texas. “I’d like make the Bullride Mania finals again – I’ve been competing with them since I was 11 or 12,” he finishes, “and I’d like to qualify for my first AFR this year.”

                © Rodeo Life Media Corporation | All Rights Reserved • Laramie, Wyoming • 307.761.9053

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?
-
00:00
00:00
Update Required Flash plugin
-
00:00
00:00