OLDTOWN — Local mini bull rider Orion Grimes has been spending his winter and spring riding bulls and training for future 2017 MBR events, said mom Jolene Meek April 6.
He has competed at Las Vegas in December, where he finished eighth in the world standings, and went to Albuquerque, N.M. several weeks ago and moved up to sixth place with a 73-point showing there, said Meek.
Recently, Grimes got in some practice time at an arena in Pasco, Wash. and at his home arena, Meek said. She said the season ahead will be exciting and demanding but rewarding.
“It definitely takes a lot of dedication and work but he lives for it and the rodeo family is full of great people.”
Even professional bull riders take part in Grimes’ development. PBR rider Mike Lee helped pull Grimes’ rope at the Albuquerque event, Meek said.
Due to the weather, Grimes focuses on training indoors, she said.
“He does stay in shape by going to a personal trainer once a week and working out with me at least two other times per week. He also does certain ‘bullriding’ exercises at home,” she explained.
Much of Grimes’ free time is spent raising money and finding sponsors for his competitions, Meek said. Grimes is planning to compete in Oklahoma this July, and may compete in a full events in May or June. To donate or to become a sponsor, contact Meek at 208-610-5748 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Orion also has a gofundme account at gofundme.com/k3s6fmdg, and a bank account at STCU just for his bullriding, she said.