In the last couple of years, the rodeo world has been making a big push on mental health with its competitors. Cole Goodine, a bareback bronc rider from Carbon and Dustin Edwards, a local rodeo announcer from Big Valley came into the studio to talk with me about their experiences with mental health while they are on the rodeo road.
I decided this was something I really wanted to talk about because I have been involved in the rodeo world much of my life. Unfortunately, I have seen how the sport has taken a toll on many of my friends who compete in the sport and thought it would be interesting to divulge into how locals have been affected by mental health on the rodeo circuit.
The Carbon Cowboy, Cole Goodine, was a great person to talk to about his experience with mental health and the impact that rodeoing has on him. Listen below for the full interview with Cole.
Dustin Edwards sees a completely different side of rodeo being an announcer and experiences the mental health aspect a little differently than the competitors.
When I think of cowboys, just like you, I think of someone who is tough and not easily broken but the struggle with mental health was becoming a big problem especially when pro bull rider Ty Pozzobon took his own life in January of 2017. The eyes of the rodeo world were opened, many hearts were broken and in his memory came the Ty Pozzobon Foundation. This foundation has done so much already for the rodeo competitors across Canada. I never had the chance to meet Ty personally but we had crossed paths briefly at times. There is a new saying that has become very prominent in the rodeo world, 'Live Like Ty'. Pozzobon made his childhood dreams come true when he became a professional bull rider. If you would like to know more about the Ty Pozzobon Foundation, follow this link.