Cody Hudson leans against fence railing.

Camas native Cody Hudson stands for a portrait during the 47th annual Vancouver Rodeo at Clark County Saddle Club in Vancouver on Friday evening, June 30, 2017. After graduating from Camas High School in 2014, Hudson started bull riding professionally across the country. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian)

Posted: July 6, 2017

Vancouver Rodeo just one of many stops for local bull rider

All Cody Hudson ever wanted is to be a cowboy.

Even at age 7 winning his first mutton busting buckle at the Vancouver Rodeo, and growing up in a family whose dad, John, an ex-bull rider and roper and mom, Kim, a former barrel racer, the rodeo circuit was the perfect life for Hudson, a Camas native.

So welcome to the life of Hudson, now 21 and a professional bull rider for three years. He travels to compete in an estimated 20 rodeos a month as a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Professional Bull Rider and Northwest Professional Rodeo Association.

And one of the rodeos was the 47th annual Vancouver Rodeo, which had its opening night Friday and runs through Monday.

It’s the rodeo Hudson calls home.

“It’s one of those family sentimental traditions,” he said before competing on ‘Snapchat’ in the first session of the bull-riding field Friday night. “It’s a pretty special deal to be here and compete in front of all my family and friends.”

Read the full story at The Columbian.