Omak High School’s sophomore wins bullriding national championship

With a head nod and the chute gate opening, Omak’s Wyatt Covington’s final bull ride of the National High School Finals Rodeo began, July 18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Eight seconds later, with a 72 point score, he was a national champion.

“Ever since I was little, I was just born into the sport of rodeo and always loved it. I was always around it, and I always wanted to be a bull rider ever since I was tiny,” said the 16 year-old Omak High School sophomore.

His parents, Blaine and Lori Covington, agree: “As long as we can remember, Wyatt has always been about bulls and bull riders.”

After the first go-round, Covington was in 12th place with his 70-point ride. His second go-round was 72-points and placed him 8th overall.

For the short go-round, Covington’s 72-point ride brought his average to 214 the second-place winner.

“I didn’t really know how to feel. I couldn’t believe it. It was one of the best feelings knowing I won the biggest high school rodeo and one of the biggest rodeos in the world. It was just simply amazing.”

 “It’s a pretty proud moment when you say your son is the national champion bull rider,” said his parents.

“It just goes to show hard work and determination pays off. He is one never to give up and tries as hard as he can. He has proven that is pays off in the end.

We couldn’t be more proud of him and his accomplishments. It’s all about family, family time and that’s what our family’s all about.”

Covington has been around rodeo and bull riding for as long as he can remember. His father, Blaine, and brother, Austin, are both former bull riders and current bullfighters.

When asked about advice his dad gave him before the final ride, Covington said, “He just told me to ride the bull for what he was and not to cheat the bull. And most of all, have fun.”

The danger doesn’t deter Covington. He says he tries not to worry about it because he loves the adrenaline; it’s fun.

And with two years left in high school competition, he says he plans on winning the state championship bullriding tile the next two years of high school—then winning the national title again.

“At least, I’m going to give it a shot these next two years,” said Covington.

After that, college then a professional career.

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