Congratulations to the Young Family, Region VI’s McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family! This family is horse back almost every day running their cattle operation out of Rosanky, TX. On a combination of family land and leased pastures they run cattle and usually keep about 15 head of horses (most of which are handy not only as rodeo performance horses, but can be used to work cattle on a daily basis). The Young Family are also called on by several clients in the county to come and work and haul their cattle as well. “We all have a day job, but this is what we love to do,” Amanda Young said.
Tab and Amanda have two children who both rodeo in our organization and attend Smithville schools.
Nick, age 16, is the “2019 Rookie of the Year!” Young competes in calf roping and team roping, and for the record, competed in his first rodeo when he was only three years old. The 16-year-old sophomore attends Smithville High School, and lives in Rosanky, Texas.
For the past several years, Nick has been on a winning streak racking up such other notable awards as the “2018 Goat-tying Champion”, and the “2018 LSYRA All Around Champion”. Most, recently he won in the (13-15 age group) in boys breakaway roping at the 2020 San Antonio Rodeo, and placed 3rd in the (13-15 age group) in the tie down roping.
“Rodeo has taught me to handle pressure and never give up,” as Nick further stated, “I make sure that I pick up a rope every day. I’ve learned that you have good days and bad days and I always try to learn from my mistakes and to do better on my next run.”
Nick also looks up to his Grandpa, Carlos Wilhelm. “I enjoy spending a lot of time with my grandpa working cattle and roping. He has a great sense of humor, and we always have a good time roping at his house. Grandpa was a calf roper and team roper that roped for years in the PRCA, and I’ve gleaned a lot from him.”
Rodeo is a family affair for the Young family. Nick has a little sister named Devin Young (13 years old, 7th grade), and she hails as the “2019 Texas Junior High State Champion Barrel Racer!” She also competes in poles and goat tying. At school she is in the 7th grade and is a cheerleader and is in the national honor society.
“Devin is in the middle of it all when we are working cattle, in fact she is the one making sure we do everything right,” Amanda recalls. From vaccinating cattle to going out and catching them, this 7th grader is handy! In fact, when we did this interview, the family was in Ft. Worth at the Junior American getting ready to watch Devin compete.
As a family, they spend a lot of time together in the arena and on the rodeo trail. Nick considers himself lucky that he has family and friends that he can practice with and according to him, “it makes practicing fun!”
Nick feels honored that his family has been chosen as this month's McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family, as he humbly states “There are so many families in Region 6 to choose from, and for us to be selected is a great honor!”