At only 15, Riely Hanes has fallen in love—or been roped in—with the rodeo. Riely roped alongside his dad, Joe Hanes, at the Indiana State Fair Championship Rodeo Thursday evening. 

Riely’s family owns 3barJ Ranch and Rodeo in Union City, Indiana. He is obviously no stranger to rodeo life and has been riding horses since he was just a few years old. 

He has traveled across Indiana and the country with his family’s business. He described himself as fortunate to be working the rodeos.

“I wouldn’t trade this sport for anything in the world,” said Riely. “What gets me is the little kids. You ride by one and it brings joy to their face.”

That joy is a familiar one. Riely himself was a kid wanting to be a cowboy not too long ago. Now that dream has come true, and he plans to keep “picking up broncs” and team roping in his future. 

—Kyra Howard

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