Kase Hitt snares Okeechobee Division 1 Xtreme Bulls win

Kase Hitt knows bulls. His family – uncle H.D., grandfather Dillon and mother Shawna –

has been raising them for years, stock so special that they have been used in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Being around them is one thing. Riding them is a different story.

However, inspired by his uncle, Hitt never hesitated to jump on the back of the burly beasts as a young kid.

Only 18, Hitt is starting to gain traction in his career. The Oklahoma native posted an impressive victory at the Brighton Field Days Festival Xtreme Bulls on Sunday, scoring 87.5 points to eclipse the field.

“It was amazing environment,” said Hitt of the Okeechobee, Fla., event. “The fans were perfect. The rodeo arena was perfect. It was just a great experience.”

Hitt knew he had a chance to score well after getting intel on the bull, Painted Pony Championship Rodeo’s No. 573. He saw the bull Saturday when a friend rode him, and ‘knew he would be good.’ The bull played to Hitt’s strengths, resulting in a $11,210 first-place check, besting Clayton Sellars (85.5 points, $8,594) and Cody McElroy (85 points, $6,352).

“He turned back into my hand, and I really like when a bull turns back into my hand like that. My timing was good. I rode the front side well,” Hitt said. “And I was able to get to the end.”

Hitt is finding his way in the sport he loves. He arrived in Okeechobee after appearances at the 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., and the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, Miss, trying to maximize nearby competitions. He has taken to the rodeo lifestyle, and the flooding rush of adrenaline.

“Just that feeling when you ride one. There’s nothing like it,” said Hitt, whose busy schedule takes him to Nebraska this week. “It’s hard to explain. The crowd is screaming, and it all happens so fast. There’s just no feeling like it.”

Although young, Hitt’s goals remain big. He has attended the NFR multiple times with his family’s stock. He has naturally let his mind wander about competing on rodeo’s biggest stage.

“Yes sir,” Hitt said. “Being there with my family, it’s always been my dream to come out of those chutes.”