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Permit holder lives his dream in Odessa

Shane Seiman

Dayton Texas, bull rider Shane Semien, a 21-year-old permit holder competing in just his fourth PRCA rodeo, won the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo with an 88-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Sandi's Dream in Odessa, Texas.

Shane Semien’s Facebook profile lists his favorite activities as “Gettin’ on bulls and Rodeoing,” his favorite movie as Eight Seconds and his favorite television viewing as bull riding. “This is what I’ve wanted to do forever,” Semien said, “since I was a little kid sneaking off to my grandpa’s ranch down the road.”

And now Semien, 21, is making it happen. You can check his Facebook page for that, too.

There is a report to be found there on how Semien parlayed an 88-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Sandi’s Dream on Jan. 11 into a dream win in the $280,252 SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa, Texas.

This was just his fourth PRCA rodeo since buying his permit last September. The first three – in Liberty, Texas; Shreveport, La., and Mesquite, Texas – ended in buck-offs.

This one ended with a check for $6,098.

“I just knew I wasn’t making a nine-hour drive from east Texas (with longtime girlfriend Lacy Lynn Hall) and then falling off,” Semien said. “That wasn’t going to happen. Still, I wasn’t sure I’d made the eight seconds until I looked over at the judges and they signaled that I was OK.

“The bull went off to the left, into my hand, and I do well when they turn into my hand like that. I didn’t think I had ridden that well. I was surprised when I saw the 88, but very happy. It was exciting to know I’d be getting some money.”

Ryan Shanklin followed him that night with an 87, but no one came as close the rest of the week. On the final night, Jan. 14, all 18 riders got bucked off. Semien didn’t know he’d gotten the winner’s check until a friend called him early on Jan. 15.

“I was sleeping when he called,” Semien said. “I thanked him and then went back to sleep.” Presumably to dream some more.

Semien is a third-generation rodeo contestant from Raywood, in east Texas, following his maternal grandfather A.J. Walker Jr., his father Jimmy, and “just about everybody from my family.” Semien works at the BJ Ford dealership in Liberty, Texas, and had put his bull riding on a back burner until last year.

“I’ve been talking about joining the PRCA for long time, since I was 18 I guess, and last year I finally got off my butt and did it,” Semien said. “I really kind of decided after I went to one of (former World Champion) Charlie Sampson’s bull riding schools and he encouraged me to go for it.

“It’s exciting to do something like this in one of the PRCA’s bigger winter rodeos and against that kind of field (including three-time World Champion J.W. Harris).”

The other champions at the Ector County Coliseum were bareback rider Cimmaron Gerke (85 points), steer wrestler Jake Shaw (7.5 seconds on two head), team ropers Manny Egusquiza Jr. and Brad Culpepper (10.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (86 points), tie-down roper Clint Cooper (16.8 seconds on two head), steer roper Chet Herren (53.5 seconds on four head) and barrel racer Paige Conrado (28.29 seconds on two runs).

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