EAST HELENA — Kaleb Norstrom and his brother Will have been competing in rodeo their entire lives. Now they’ll be competing on one of the biggest stages in the sport: the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
“Ever since I was a little kid dreaming about it, and now I’m living it, so it’s pretty great,” said a smiling Kaleb.
“I’ve been working hard at it, been training and getting ready for it,” he added. “It’s going to be a big ordeal, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“I just try and keep it off my mind and when I’m riding you don’t think about much, just muscle memory that you learn,” Will said. “You just put it together.”
The brothers will be trying to take home buckles in the mini-bareback. It’s a rough passion to have, but one that’s worth it to both brothers.
“Just the adrenalin rush. I mean, it’s got to be in your heart,” said Kaleb. “I mean, it’s not something you can just wake up and decide to do. It’s got to be in your heart and you got to love it, and I love what I do.”
“It gives you the butterflies,” Will said. “It’s something, a 100-pound kid going against a 1,000-pound horse.”
When it’s put like that, Kaleb and Will’s dream can be a scary one to their mom, Lisa Solomon, but one she fully supports.
“I know that they love it so much that it doesn’t make me as nervous, and I kind of grew up around it and have seen some good injuries,” said Solomon. “But I just pray that they are watched over each time, and they’re doing what they love, so I guess you get used to it.”
“(They’re) living their dream,” Solomon added. “They’re motivating and encouraging to all of us, because it’s been a dream of theirs and they’ve been chasing it and they’ve worked hard for it. It’s not just something that they were like, ‘Oh, we want to do it.’ They work hard, so it’s just neat to see them chase their dream.”
The guys are looking for donations to help cover entry fees and things associated with the competition. If you would like to donate or learn more about how you can help give Lisa a call at 406-461-9697 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org