By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Dale Chancellor is not exactly sure when he got on a bull for the first time, but one thing is for certain — it was probably before he was supposed to.
“You are supposed to be 13 years old (before you get on a bull),” Chancellor said. “My daddy rode bulls and bucking horses and we had a bunch of yearlings. I wanted to get on them and he let me and I just fell in love with it.”
That love affair of riding bulls led Chancellor, a student at Winston Academy, to compete on the high school rodeo circuit and eventually sign a rodeo scholarship with East Mississippi Community College.
While Chancellor was signed by EMCC for bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping and team roping, the Noxubee County native is clear on where his heart lies.
“I like roping, but bull riding is my favorite,” he said. “It’s always been my dream (to be a professional bull rider). Those eight seconds can seem like an eternity.”
“He is just very well-rounded,” EMCC head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich said of Chancellor. “We recruited him for so many events. Every time you can be competitive in an event it helps you as far as your team totals go. We see him as being a help in both the rough stock and team events.”
While Chancellor is looking forward to getting to Scooba and being a part of the college rodeo team, he also hopes to get his PRCA card so he can compete on the professional level as well.
He is the son of Prentiss and Sue Chancellor, and hopes to pursue a degree in business and industrial welding at EMCC.
In 2010 he was Jr.. Boy Bull Riding Reserved Champion at the National Level and in 2011 was Mid-South All-Around Cowboy. He earned a spot on the national high school team by being Mississippi High School Bull Riding Champion in both 2012 and 2013, and will travel to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the national event.