Steer wrestler Coalin Hume isn't a stranger to success.
Hume, a senior, began his steer wrestling career at the top.
"I won my very first rodeo in steer wrestling," said Hume. "I was real scared, but I was able to get the job done. I was pretty good at it. I went ahead with it a little farther; now it is like a bug, I can't stay away from it."
That was four years ago. Ever since, Hume has made a steady progression.
"The first year I got my steers down in 10 seconds," he said. "The last two years I have shortened it to six seconds, and now I am in the fours."
Hume didn't start his rodeo career in steer wrestling.
"I used to ride bulls and that wasn't my thing," said Hume. "I kept getting hurt. One night, I decided to go into steer wrestling."
Last year, Hume was named Colorado Professional Rodeo Association "Rookie of the Year."
"That was a great honor to win the award only being 17 years old and being the youngest person on the circuit," said Hume.
Hume also finished in fourth place at the Colorado High School State Rodeo Champions in Greeley. With that finish Hume earned a spot at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo.
"Last year in the state finals I came in as the sixth spot and I finished in fourth," said Hume. "I steer wrestled great. It all came down to the short-go. I didn't choke and I was able to perform when the time was right."
This year in the fall rodeo season, Hume struggled, but since then he has been on fire.
"After the fall season I was sitting in eighth place," said Hume. "I won the first five rodeos of the year. I got myself clear up into the No. 1 spot."
With two weeks left to go in the regular season before the state finals slated for June 16-18 in Greeley, Hume is sitting in second place behind Wade Sumpeter, who competes for the Southeast All-Stars.
Hume is confident the state title will go right down to the state finals.
"I will just need to be consistent in the next few rodeos and the state finals," he said. "I will need to get all my steers under five seconds. If I do that, then I will come away with a saddle."
The top four state finishes qualify for the National High Schools Finals Rodeo July 24-30 in Springsfield, Ill.
"My main goal right now is the state title," said Hume. "I want to win the state title as a senior and another goal is to make the national finals and place in the top 10."