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Coats to compete in national rodeo championship
Former Adams Central and Hastings College Bronco Rodeo star Richard Coats will soon travel west to Casper, Wyoming to compete for the national championship.
Richard is the regional steer wrestling champ with an excellent chance of making his presence felt on the National State in Casper in the week long competition starting June 9th.
Richard says he's ready to go in spite of having part of his ring finger cut off by a power saw in a construction accident. He is a guy used to winning.
"I had some pretty good luck this year at the college rodeos. I won quite a few of them and didn't get to compete in the last one because I cut my finger off, but was able to win the region," said Coats.
Having that power saw take part of his finger had to be traumatic, but after a time for recovery and healing the wound, Richard was ready to go in a short time and didn't miss a beat.
"I was working on a construction job and cutting studs with a minor box saw and it fell off the stand and kind of my first instinct was to catch it and it just kind of snipped right through it. It didn't hold me up for too long. I started to rodeo again about two weeks after it happened. It was just a bit painful but other than that not much difference," said Coats.
Richard and his sister Carrie have been rodeo champions for a long time having competed in the Nebraska State high school rodeo each June at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
Now Richard raises the stakes in Wyoming early next month and we can wish him nothing but good luck in Casper.
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