Rodeo's Luke Creasy gifted in and out of arena

 

Luke Creasy rides First Class in the Bareback for a score of 79 during the second round of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Wednesday night

Photo by Les Stukenberg

 

By Doug Cook  The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT – There’s more than meets the eye when you begin a conversation with Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world No. 14-ranked bareback bronc rider Luke Creasy of Denton, Texas.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Creasy has been a pro for eight years and has yet to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo – pro rodeo’s annual “Super Bowl” in December – but he keeps chugging along.

On Wednesday night, June 29, at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo, Creasy registered a 79-point ride on a horse named First Class, putting him just inside the top five here after the second performance.

“I want to be at the NFR, I want to win world titles, I want to win Canadian titles, I want to win rodeos,” Creasy said in regard to his ambitions in the sport about a half an hour before competition. “I want to make a comfortable living at this and have fun while I’m doing it.”

This week, Creasy traveled all the way from the Ponoka Stampede in Alberta, Canada, to Prescott, which is more than a thousand miles away. He likes riding here because of the rodeo’s history and tradition, which dates back to 1888.

Creasy first delved into rodeo because of his parents. His father, Colin, ropes and his mother, Shelly, is a barrel racer. His brother, Clay, is a saddle bronc rider. Creasy initially competed in other rodeo events, including steer wrestling and team roping in high school, before delving into bareback.

Luke is only 27 years old and has plenty of time left on the pro rodeo circuit to accomplish his goal of reaching the NFR. 

But he may be setting himself up for a second career. Creasy, who graduated with an English degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 2009, enjoys writing.

“My minor was secondary ed, but observing one classroom changed my mind on that,” Creasy said. “[Teaching in] college wouldn’t be too bad because people are paying to be there, and they’ll show a little more heart.”

Creasy, a freelance writer who has penned a column for ProRodeo Sports News, has said in the recent past that he wants to eventually write a novel and coach rodeo.

“I more so prefer writing than the teaching of it,” Creasy said. “I didn’t take any journalism classes. I like creative writing and stuff. Being in rodeo and there not being a lot of people that can ride and write, I tried it [for Pro Rodeo Sports News] and they let me keep doing it. It stemmed from childhood. I enjoyed writing. I had a good imagination and then it just developed.”

For now, though, Creasy is focused primarily on the task at hand during “Cowboy Christmas” – the time during the summer months when pro rodeo cowboys are constantly on the move, traveling across the western and central U.S. competing in rodeos with high-dollar purses. 

“You’ve got to get some sleep, wherever you can get it, because we’re traveling hard,” Creasy said. “And hopefully you’re traveling with some good guys that help keep a positive mindset. 

“You can’t let one bad draw or one bad ride affect what you’re doing at the next one. Treat every horse like it’s a chance.”

Creasy has not committed himself to a specific number of years he’d like to continue to ride bareback broncs at pro rodeos. 

“As long as my heart’s in it,” he added. “I’ll just keep doing it until I feel up to it and want to do it.”