Hudson Williams of Glen Rose captured the bull riding championship in the Open Bulls Division at the 2018 Texas FFA Rodeo held July 9-10 in Alvarado.
Williams, 15, rode on the opening day and racked up 83 points. He didn’t stay on for a full ride on the second day, but neither did any of the other riders so he won the overall average.
He collected a $1,000 scholarship and a belt buckle for the title, in his first year competing in the state FFA event.
A year ago, Williams won the Senior Steer Riding (13-14-year-olds) state title competing in the Texas Youth Bull Riders steer riding event in Saginaw.
After his successful first-round ride in Alvarado, Williams had to be patient and just watch the other competitors while keeping his fingers crossed.
“I was just waiting. I was the first rider out,” said Williams, who first began to have an interest in rodeo about five years ago. “It was a great feeling when they called out my name for the average winner.”
Williams, who stands 5-8 and weighs 140 pounds, said the bull he rode on the first day was about 1,300 pounds. Although he has been growing rapidly, he said that being lean is actually an advantage as a bull rider.
“It helps me to be a lot more lean,” Williams said. “Bull riding is really mental — about 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical.”
Starting tonight, Williams will be competing in the state finals of the Saginaw youth event once again, at the Wendy Ryan Roping Arena. He came into that ranked fourth in average.
In two weeks, he will be in the Youth Bull Riding Association Nationals, at Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. Williams currently ranks eighth nationally in bull riding for his age group.
Williams, who was a freshman at Glen Rose High School last year, said that his family will be moving soon. He will enroll this fall at Midlothian High School.
He said his college plans include enrolling in Tarleton State University in Stephenville, competing on the Texans’ rodeo team, and studying business and management.