Casey Colletti knows a good grinder when he eats one and a good horse when he rides one

Jul 04, 2019 625

Casey Colletti’s last name screams Italian. However, the Pueblo cowboy doesn’t have much of a brethren on the PRCA Pro Rodeo circuit. He has plenty of paisans — Italian for friend — in the profession, but none who share his heritage. “None, nobody,” Colletti confirmed after his successful ride in the bareback competition at the Greeley Stampede rodeo on Thursday night. “I’ve never run into another Italian cowboy.”

Colletti’s been riding professionally since 2005 and done his share of winning. His career earnings are listed at $570,799, despite not being able to compete in 2015 when a herniated disc in his neck forced doctors to fuse his fifth and sixth vertebrae to be fused together. That left Colletti plenty of time to stay home in Pueblo — “the east side, where they make all the chilis” — and recuperate, while working in the construction industry.

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