One of the best attributes of rodeo is the willingness of seasoned professionals to share their knowledge with young up-and-comers. Canadian bareback rider Orin Larsen has been winning at the pro level for over a decade, qualifying for eight national finals. He sustained a serious thumb injury at last year’s NFR but is back feeling better than ever. Rookie pro bareback rider Donny Proffit competed for the University of Wyoming and is planning on a lengthy, successful career. Larsen spent time over the last year helping UW student-athletes prepare for their journey. On July 25, Larsen and Proffit advanced to the semifinals starting July 28.