The Inside Scoop with Logan Olson

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Spin: Tell us a little about your family and how you got started roping and rodeoing.

Logan: We've just rodeoed forever. Both my mom and dad circuit rodeoed in South Dakota. We raise horses up there, right now we've only got about 40 of them, but we've had as many as 100 head. So that's about all we've done. Ranch, farm a little bit and raise horses. Every horse I ride is my own, we've raised it.

Spin: How did you come out of South Dakota and not become a saddle bronc rider?

Logan: I rode broncs all through high school and a few years of college. I went to jackpots and amateur rodeos and just a few high school rodeos. I rode broncs and worked all the timed events, but just had too many injuries. I shattered my hip and blew my knee out. Team roping was always the most important thing anyway.

Spin: Back to the horses, what are you riding now?

Logan: He's 18 years old. We raised him. Shoot, he's just as sound as he can be. I've never put a gram of bute in him in his life. He's just a horse we raised that I heeled on forever that I went to heading on. I've hauled him for about seven years. He goes back to Three Bars and Leo. I call him Quest.

Spin: How long have you ProRodeoed?

Logan: I bought my card in 1999 and went to a lot of circuit rodeos with Paul Tierney. He was my first partner. My first year out with Paul we won the Badlands Circuit and then won the average at the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello in 2000. Paul wanted to stay closer to home and I wanted to go a little more, so I started switching partners for about three years until I ran into Cody (Hintz).

Spin: Tell us a little about Cody.

Logan: Last spring he was roping with another partner and I was roping with Cesar De La Cruz and neither of us was having a good winter and we got to talking. Then we started roping and it's been great. We've hauled together for the past two years in the same rig and we get along great. He's pretty easy-going, about like me. He lives in Nevada, but he stays with his girlfriend in Arizona in the winter and I stay with my brother in Phoenix so it works out real good.

Spin: I'll bet you learned a lot from roping with an all-around world champion like Paul Tierney.

Logan: Paul was real good with the whole mental aspect of it and kind of taught me how to win. More using your head to win. Paul was a big influence on me.

Spin: Who were some of your other influences?

Logan: My folks were a big influence on me as well. They've been there every step of the way for me. I also went to a Jake Barnes roping school in Rapid City, S.D., when I was eight years old.

Spin: Tell us about your 2005 season and where your wins came from.

Logan: We hardly had any big wins. We had a terrible winter and then we came back and won a round at Reno. Then we just nipped and tucked 'em all the rest of the season. I think we had $3,000 won coming in to Reno. From Reno on, I think we still only won one rodeo, Pahrump, Nev. We won like $4,000-$5,000 in Nampa, placed in a couple rounds and were second in the average. We won Canby, Ore., No real big wins, just a lot of seconds and thirds and placing in a lot of rounds. As far as average wins we hardly won any averages. They just let us keep staying within range. We made up a lot of ground in July and then the last eight rodeos I think we placed at seven of them. We were going to go for broke. Live by the sword and die by the sword, like Speed Williams.

Spin: Well, we're running out of room, but congrats on your first Wrangler NFR berth and best of luck for 2006.

Logan: Thanks.
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