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December 16, 2009 > Bill Mancebo's player spotlight: Bobbie Ingersoll

Bill Mancebo's player spotlight: Bobbie Ingersoll

This week, the spotlight shines on an athlete who competes in a true American sport. Meet Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) bareback rider Bobbie Ingersoll.

Ingersoll, 24, has been performing in rodeo competition for the past 11 years. Ingersoll began his cowboy career with the help of his uncle when he climbed on a baby bull at age 8.

When he entered Toledo High School in Oregon, 13-year-old Bobbie saddled up to the school's rodeo program and soon switched to riding bareback broncs. He found trying to stay on a horse with no saddle to be his best challenge yet, and says it's the wildest eight seconds he could ever imagine.

This 2003 American High School graduate aspires to become a world champ rodeo star. If that changes he'll aim for a slot as a stock contractor that will supply bucking horses to the rodeo circuit.

When he's not practicing for the next event or working at the delicatessen, Ingersoll likes to play a good game of golf to relax and hone his focus. His hero is the late-world champ bareback rider Chris Ledoux.

The favorite food list for this man is simple: Mexican, preferably enchiladas; and he'll pass on dessert as he needs to stay in top shape to ride those broncs.

Next up for Ingersoll is the Bucking Bash on January 7 in Ogden, Utah. There, he will get more opportunities to practice staying on barebacks and hopefully bring home some greenbacks in prize money.

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