How does a skinny, smiling kid go all the way to the National High School Rodeo finals? Dillon is the son of Swanny and Heidi Jacobs of Glendale, Utah. His older sibling, Tucker, has been seen in the arena from an early age. These kids were raised on a farm and they grew up riding horses, hunting lions, farming and working with cattle. So it would seem natural for Dillon to assume a love of livestock, and especially the bucking stock.

Dillon, a senior at Valley High, placed third in the State of Utah in the bareback competition. His placement took him forward to the Nationals. He will be competing with the best in Gillette, Wyoming, July 16-22.

Everyone had their eye on Dillon from early on in his career. He graduated from riding a sheep in his very young years, to bull riding, and then found his niche in bareback, which seemed a great fit for the kid with the determination, the courage and the sheer winning attitude to overcome some obstacles. He has experienced everything from broken bones, rough nights sleeping in his truck, and practicing long grueling hours, to become one of the best.

Dillon will be competing in the world’s largest rodeo, which hosts 1,750 plus contestants. Live broadcasts of the events will be on RFD-TV, and also streaming online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times begin at 7 p.m. on July 16, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day of the rodeo finals.

He is doing his best to earn money to take him to the finals, which is rather expensive for a kid on high school wages. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be sent to Dillon Jacobs, PO Box 17, Glendale, UT 84729.