HANNA, Oklahoma – Hanna Dragon’s senior Traden Anderson signed on for a full-ride scholarship with the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Rodeo team.
Anderson, a Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen, is the son of Julie Dickson, Josh and Torie Anderson. His passion for rodeo began as a young child.
“I started out in junior rodeo when I was a young kid,” Anderson said. “My dad always put me on good horses and that built my confidence so I’ve always wanted to do better and better.”
When Anderson turned 16, he wanted to start bulldogging or steer wrestling. He began bulldogging his freshman year of high school practicing to build up his confidence.
It was not until his senior year when he started participating in high school rodeo, where he won state for Oklahoma. Anderson is also the National High School Rodeo Champion for rodeo sport steer wrestling.
As Anderson will continue his career of steer wrestling in college, he looks forward to getting more practice and representation into furthering his career. His plans in college are getting his permit for the PRCA and pro rodeo. Other goals that Anderson has in mind are being “rookie of the year” and going to the college national finals.
Anderson being a proud citizen has received help through the tribe with school clothing, the COVID relief funding and funding for his rodeo equipment.
The full-ride scholarship offered to Anderson will allow him to continue his education and be a part of the rodeo.