Catching up with Rookie Tie-Down Roper Chance Thiessen in Redding

Rookie tie-down roper 19-year-old Chance Thiessen is assuredly one to watch.

He had a strong start this morning in Redding, going 9.2 in the slack round to make it back to tonight’s perf — and he did it on a horse he’d never been on.

Chance brought his good horse to Redding, California, but his horse was sidelined before he ever got on him. Chance let a buddy who was up first get on his horse, and in an unfortunate twist of fate, his horse was crippled. Thankfully, Chance’s traveling partner offered up his mount, and as Chance says, “it turned out good.”

Chance isn’t a stranger to overcoming obstacles.

Four years ago he suffered a severe brain injury while team roping in Las Vegas when a horse fell on him and then stepped on his head. On how he was able to get back to rodeoing at an elite level, Chance says, “God. I think it’s God’s will that within a month I was roping again. You know, there’s a little, there’s a few problems here and there, but for the most, I’m 100 percent. And you know, all God.

Watch Chance in Redding tonight on The Cowboy Channel or Cowboy Channel+ app, LIVE at 10PM ET.