WACO (October 10, 2013) -- Becoming a professional saddle bronc rider was in 31 year old, Bradley Harter's blood.
He grew up on a ranch in Weatherford, Texas where his father also road bucking horses.
"I thought I was going to be a bull rider my whole life but always loved riding broncs and my dad had rode broncs," says Harter.
He says his dad gave him a 1984 National Finals Rodeo tape when he was a kid and from then on, he always knew what he wanted to be.
Harter recalls, "everybody grew up wanting to be in football and baseball, I just concentrated on riding bucking horses."
He's been riding bucking horses for 15 years and has been doing it professionally for 11.
"2002 was my rookie year. So now it's my job and how my family eats and it's not only something I love to do but it's a job for me which is probably the best job in the world," says Harter.
Growing up, not only did he have help from his father but he also was mentored by an older well-known bronc rider, Tom Reeves.
Harter says with Weatherford being so close to Central Texas, right outside of Fort Worth, the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo feels like his hometown rodeo.
"It's special to me. I've been coming here my whole life from youth rodeo and then this professional rodeo every year so it's something that's in my heart," says Harter.
After winning his first two rounds this week, he will move on to compete for the big purse on Saturday.
The top nine contestants will ride and then the top four from that nine will advance to the finals for the championship.
He says he's excited to ride and for a lot of his family members to come down and see him.