Logan Hay on the Fire that Fuels Him

It might be saddle bronc rider Logan Hay’s first trip to the Thomas and Mack come December, but he has grown up going to rodeos. He was on the rodeo road from the get-go as his father, Rod Hay, is a 20-time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier and eight-time Canadian Champion.

Hay’s first bronc, along with his brother, Dawson, and Chance Brass’ first broncs, were all at one of Rod Hay’s bronc schools.

“Mine went out two jumps and rolled head over heels with me, Dawson went over the head and got stepped on and Chance’s stirrups both broke and it’s just a terrible wreck for our first three horses,” he said.

This was the beginning of a rough start to bronc riding for Hay. Within the first 30 horses he was on, he broke his arm twice and took an entire year off. During this year, Hay was hunting sheep, caribou and moose for three months and that gave him a lot of time to think.

“I definitely knew when I came back that’s what I wanted to do… all my buddies were rodeoing all summer and going to the amateur finals when I got home. Yeah, it made me want it more,” Hay said.

With that, Hay went to work.

A few years later and he is Las Vegas bound, unofficially, as the No. 7 bronc rider in the world.

He missed the 2021 NFR by just $1,500 and although he did not go to Las Vegas, Hay’s confidence is now all there. He knows that on any given day, he can compete with the best of the best in bronc riding.