18-Year-Old Pendleton Man is College Rodeo World ChampionPosted: Updated:
Pendleton's R.C. Landingham loves rodeo. It is what he does and part of who he is.
"Just the adrenaline rush. Everything about it, really," said Landingham.
The scratches on RC's face are another sign of his love for rodeo.
"Last week I got run over by a bull," Landingham said.
R.C. has been riding horses since he was 4-years-old. Ever since then it has been his life. His stepdad, Ty Skiver, has helped him out and practice has made perfect.
But, even when you love something as much as 18-year-old RC does rodeo, you need help along the way. And Skiver has been there for every step.
"He makes you keep going and keep pushing you so it helps," said Landingham.
Ty had his own rodeo career, winning awards and eventually taking his riding professionally.
"It's just something that we never had a choice of not doing really. We were at a rodeo almost every weekend. It's our whole lives," said Skiver.
That passion for rodeo is why when RC beat out the best college rodeo riders in the country at the College National Finals in Wyoming, R.C. was shocked.
"I don't think it really clicked that I won the College Finals until a week or two later," he said.
And his stepdad couldn't have been more happy.
"To be proud is an understatement," said Skiver. "It's just awesome. He's worked at it. He deserved it."
R.C. is a world champion as a freshman at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.
"Sky is the limit," said Skiver.
"Go out there and do what you can do and make the best ride you can make and see what you can get," said Landingham.
R.C. is looking to continue the winning family tradition in riding rodeo.