Luke McKay's journey leads to CNFR
Of the 300 cowboys and cowgirls in Casper for the College National Finals Rodeo, growing up on a ranch is normal.
"We've been around rodeo all of our lives and riding broncs and roping," Luke McKay said.
came home and they were riding horses as little kids. They know how to
shoot horses, buckaroo, change water and do it all," Joe McKay said.
The dark skin of Luke McKay and the Caucasian skin of his Father paints a different story.
didn't have any kids for 13 years and then the cattle buying, whose
been buying our cows said you and Joyce got to get to going on some
kids," the father said.
"My mom and dad they couldn't have kids of their own, so they adopted six kids from Haiti," McKay said.
white Oregon ranchers' family went from two to eight with a little more
color. Luke and his brother Gabe enjoyed track and basketball, but then
returned to rodeo.
Now they are, Gabe and Luke, went with the saddle bronc."
brother and I rodeo together, so it's really awesome to have a
brother...he knows me well and I know how he rides. It's kind of nice to
have a sibling with you in rodeo."
McKays' Haitian skin, cowboy boots and chaps can be a unusually sight.
get occasional stares and questions where you're from and all that, and
what you're doing here. It's all good though," McKay said.
don't see black anymore. I have six of them, they are just my kids. I
love them deeply. There's no color in my family, I know that," Joe McKay
half more dozen eyes to blind love in a world of colors. McKay may be
back at the CNFR next year riding saddle bronc, Reporting in Casper,
Megan Salle K2 Sports