ABILENE, TX — Sawyer Przillas is a high school senior from Bowie, Texas. He competed in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals.
His main event was tie down.
“The fastest person to rope the calf, go down the rope and flank it, and tie it and throw your hands up and let the calf stay tied for 6 seconds is the winner,” Przillas said.
It sounds slightly complicated.
“Just a little,” Przillas said.
So how long does it take to prepare?
“I started rodeoing when I was at least 8. So, it’s been a good 10-year preparation,” Przillas said.
He’s among over 600 other athletes from across the state. It’s a sport he said doesn’t disappoint.
“Go out here and have fun like everybody else does and make my two best runs that I can possibly make,” Przillas said.
Sawyer said it’s all about perfecting your craft.
“You have to ride them, you have to practice if you want to win. It’s not something that you can show up and be good at,” Przillas said.
He said there’s not enough time in the day to get ready.
“It takes a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears,” Przillas said.
His goal was to leave knowing he put his best foot forward. And to possibly take home scholarships.
“Through this organization, there’s several scholarships. I actually received two just to use as an example,” Przillas said.
This may be the last time Sawyer gets to compete in this rodeo, but he plans to be back.
“I’m going to go to school first but I bet I’ll come back to it as an adult,” Przillas said.