Cummings Valley cowboy Wade "Whiplash" Grimshaw finished his high school rodeo season with a bang over the Fourth of July week, winning the "All-around Cowboy" honors at this year's Silver State Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev.
The award goes to the participant with the highest number of total points over the entire event, meaning Grimshaw beat out 370 competitors from seven different states and three Canadian providences.
Grimshaw finished the rodeo taking third in team roping and fifth in steer wrestling, winning a three-horse trailer, an all-around cowboy saddle and four belt buckles.
"I had a good couple of rounds and then I had kind of rough short round, but it was an awesome experience," he said.
A recent graduate of Valley Oaks Charter School, Grimshaw started his rodeo career at age seven, after a seeing a picture of kids seated around a rodeo awards table in a local newspaper.
"I saw it and before I knew I was into it," he said.
Grimshaw will now embark on the next chapter of his rodeo career, attending Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colo., where he received a full-tuition scholarship to study Equine Science and participate on the school's rodeo team this fall.
He said that he is excited about heading off to college and rodeoing, and is pumped up to see what this upcoming year has in store for him.
"I am really just trying to life as it comes," he said. "If I get picked up by a four-year I may stay in college, but I also want to try and make it into pro rodeo and into the circuit finals."