Here’s something you don’t run into every day — a pro rodeo cowboy who enjoys rap music.
Wesley Thorp’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bio states that his favorite music is rap. It lists rapper Kevin Gates as Thorp’s favorite musical artist.
Before anyone starts running for the hills — taking that as a sign the world is coming to an end — please relax. The PRCA rookie also enjoys some country music, including some traditional favorites.
“I’m not real picky. I like old country (music),” Thorp explained. “Of course, everybody likes George Strait.”
The world, as we know it, is safe after all.
Thorp competes in team roping and is ranked No. 8 in the world standings as a heeler. His usual partner is header Zac Small. They both attended Ranger College, and roped together during Thorp’s second season competing on the school’s rodeo team. Small, Thorp said, is a smart roper and mature for his age.
Thorp competed most of the 2016 PRCA season as a 20-year-old. He said he had to learn not to be intimidated by some of the more seasoned cowboys on the tour.
It’s important “to not change your game plan,” Thorp said. “You have to trust that your game plan is good enough. You don’t want to try to do too much. It could be easy to do.”
Thorp said that winning the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros event last year in Tucson, Arizona, was one of his favorite highlights so far.
He added that the runner-up spot at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo was a confidence-building breakthrough.
“I’m pretty happy with the way it’s going,” said the Stephenville resident, a native of Throckmorton. “There’s always room to improve. I’ll just keep working harder at it.”
Thorp said he has been a little surprised that he made it into the top 10 in his first year as a pro.
“In a way, yes,” he said, noting that at times he has wondered if his success is “really real.”
His goal for 2016 is to reach the National Finals Rodeo.
“It’s neat to see how it works and to be around some of the idols I’ve looked up to for a long time,” Thorp said, citing two-time world heeling champion Walt Woodard.