Barton Glasser, Deseret News
Wesley Silcox, of Santaquin, says 80 percent of bull riding is mental. He finished the 2011 season ranked seventh in the world.

Q: IS A GOOD BULLRIDING MORE LUCK OR SKILL?

A: It takes a lot of luck of the draw, you have to get a good bull. But different bulls fit different guys style of riding. So it helps when the bull you draw is a good bull and he fits your style.

Q: HOW DID YOU GET INTO BULLRIDING?

A: I grew up in it. My older brother and dad rode bulls, and it just went from there. I rodeoed in high school and I attempted college, but I didn't make it very far. I was winning money, so I ended up quitting college and going out on the road professionally.

Q: WHY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE SUCH A KNACK FOR RIDING BULLS?

A: I just got lucky. Everything has been in my favor. I've had some ups and down. But riding bulls is 80 percent mental. I won't go sky diving or anything like that, but I'll ride bulls because I know how. Once you've done it a few times, it's just like riding a bike.

Q: WHAT ARE THE CROWN ROYAL RIDERS?

A: Every time one of the Crown Royal bull riders scores 90 points, Crown Royal donates $2,000 to the Justin Boots Cowboy Crisis Fund. It helps fellow cowboys who've been hurt. (One of my friends) got hurt last year. He had some neck problems, and he needed a little help. Every penny helps. That's kind of a big deal that they'd do this; it helps us out as cowboys. When we're hurt we don't get paid. So this is really important. (Silcox score 90.5 to win Round 10, which meant $2,000 to the fund. In total, Crown Royal donated $10,000 to the fund at the NFR alone. Incidentally, Payson's Steve Woolsey, who also qualified for the NFR, is a Crown Royal Rider, as well.)

Q: WHAT IS IT YOU LOVE ABOUT BULL RIDING?

A: It's just awesome. You get to hang out with our buddies, travel the country — even all over the world.