Knox Dunn is in the process of building a legacy, a reputation, his career, and fulfilling what his grandpa started. Originally from Alabama, he moved to Louisiana in 2015 at the age of 16 and that’s roughly when he started fighting bulls. His grandad had started a successful rodeo company when he was just 16 years old himself and his dad rode bulls growing up so Knox was no stranger to the world of bucking stock.
Knox’s brother is 15 months older than him and by that time, had already stepped off and started riding bulls as well as owned a few bucking and fighting bulls. After watching his brother for about two years, Knox finally decided to give things a try around the age of 15.
His learning experience consisted of setting up an arena at the house with his brother and practicing fighting bulls at home. People would stop in from time to time and Knox just did what he could to pick up different tips and tricks here and there. A friend of his, Brian Pierce, got him in contact with the right people and that’s when things really kicked off.
Knox ended up meeting DJ Domingue at a backyard bull riding and that’s where he got the recommendation to go to the Riding On Faith Camp in New Mexico. That’s when the bar was raised for Knox and he started thinking things more seriously. That’s actually where Knox received his very first Vexil cap since they were a sponsor of the camp. Four years later, he still has the cap and wears it from time to time.
Dusty Tuckness, Chuck Swisher, and Weston Rutkowski were all present at the camp and helped Knox to up his game. From there on, practice, traveling, and developing his craft into a career was a priority right up there with running his grandpa’s rodeo company along with his brother.
Fast forward four years after the camp, Knox says, “Sage Seay and Justin Josey came around. Sage lived with me for a while and Justin still lives here. It always helps having people around to learn from.” Iron sharpens iron. Knox continued, “I know any time I’m passing through Oklahoma, I can stop at Cody Webster’s house to work out, rope the dummy, and get in a little practice.”
That’s one thing about the rodeo world that not everyone realizes unless they are immediately involved and personally invested. This is an industry where the person that you need to beat will be the exact same person that’s helping you to get better. Your competition will also be your teammate and not think twice about it. The western industry is a place where the competition is stiff, but community over competition is still the mindset. Surround yourself with those that inspire you and that want the best for you. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
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Article by Katie Armstrong @thekatielynn