Dakota Lewis Gains Momentum at the PBR World Finals

EAST GLACIER Riding a bull to earn a living can often be a race against time. They require physical exertion, affect your mind and body, and professionals often retire early. But as he gets older, Browning’s Dakota Lewis wakes up every day in the sport better than he did the day before.

He turned professional in 2011 and has steadily improved and climbed the rankings since then.

“My outlook on life is progressing every day, whether it’s in the yard, whether it’s daddying my son, or tying my shoes,” Lewis said. “If I can do it better next time we are going in the right direction. I feel like God has a plan for us and he knows the timing. And he knew I had to make time to get to where I am today.”

Where he is today, he is ranked No. 23 in the world in the PBR rankings, taking his first Unleash the Beast Series win last week at Billings, and heading into his second World Cup Finals starting Friday in Texas.

Lewis said, “I mean, this is the Super Bowl of bull riding. You know, it’s something I dreamed about as a kid.”

To make up his mind, he spent most of the past week on his family farm in East Glacier helping his family break and train horses before leaving for Fort Worth on Thursday morning.

He said, “Being on horseback certainly allows me to relax in all that I’ve been through.” “And being here where we live, we live at the base of the icebergs, and we see East Glacier Garden. It was fun, just keeping it simple, getting ready to go.”

Lewis will have a super fan in his corner. His four-year-old son Hayes has been by his side for most of the PBR touring season, and he’s crazy about riding bulls.

“Dang sure loves it. I mean he talks about it 24/7 all day. He wears his gear about 10 to 15 times a day,” said Lewis. “He first showed up about you about three weeks ago in Clovis, California. They had a sheep ride and got one there. He was very upset about that.”

Lewis is a role model for his son, but he is also countless other children in the Native American community. It is not a responsibility he takes lightly.

“I just want to be this little bit of hope for some people who are looking for it,” he said. “And if riding my ox can make someone else have a little hope or soul or, you know, smile a little bit that feels good to me.”

The PBR World Finals kicks off Friday night at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth, Texas and runs through May 22. Lewis is one of 40 riders competing.

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