Ok, just wanted to make sure. I would suggest planning for one year of rodeo, and entry into college after. By forgoing college entirely, you're not only going to miss out on a wonderful experience, you're going to end up missing out on opportunities that are only available to those with higher education.
If nothing else, go for a business degree - possibly one of the more useful programs for teaching life skills. No matter what avenue you choose in life, having a strong background in management, finances, etc will never let you down. It makes your application to any form of employment stronger. Even if you were to successfully pursue rodeo, do you think those girls make their entire paycheck from their winnings? Most of them also have breeding and training operations, all of which are businesses. The rodeo wins allow them to make their name, and perhaps some money - although with rodeo winnings, it's easy come easy go. The money comes after they've established both their talent and skill, and only then if they have the knowledge and ability to form strong, healthy businesses.
So yes, go ahead and take a year, but don't give up on college. Use the success you're planning on achieving to put together a strong application to a school with a rodeo team. If you're as good as you think you'll be, and have good high school grades, maybe you could even get yourself a scholarship.
Last edited by bubbleslove; 12-09-2011 at 08:01 PM.