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SOSU student wants to make rodeo his career

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SOSU student George Wright wants to make rodeo his profession. (KTEN) SOSU student George Wright wants to make rodeo his profession. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Texas native George Wright practically grew up on a saddle, competing in rodeos all his life.

Now a freshman attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University, he continues competing as a member of the Savage Storm rodeo team.

Wright will have the chance to show off his skills with his team at the three-night Savage Storm Intercollegiate Rodeo this weekend. The event brings more than 500 college contestants from across Oklahoma and Kansas to compete for money and prizes.

"Rodeoing is what is kind of paying for my school right now," Wright said. "Every time I win some money, I make a payment on the school. It's just paid for everything, so it's my lifestyle; it's what I do."

Wright said he's aiming for a professional rodeo career, and while money and fame are great, he just enjoys the joy of riding.

"I just love being a cowboy, so every chance I get to be one, I try to," he said. "Once you put them feet in those stirrups and start bucking down there, you're on your own with that wild animal, it's the best feeling ever."

The Savage Storm Intercollegiate Rodeo runs September 28-30 every night at 7:30 at the Durant Riding Club Arena in Durant.

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