High school bull riding is intense. Tough young men taking on massive bulls. When Bountiful High's Carston Smith watched a few guys ride bulls, he had to do it.
Carston Smith said, "That's something I want to try one day, why do it once when you can do it as many times as you want to."
For the parent's watching their kids ride, it's scary.
Carston's Dad Steve said, "They risk life and limb every time they go out there."
Carston explained, "She didn't want me to do it, it was a battle."
Carston's Mom was nervous when he decided he wanted to ride bulls, but that quickly changed and she was his number one fan.
She wore green, carried good luck charms and fans, supporting her son until Pioneer Day of last year. Carston's Mom Julie passed away.
Steve explained, "It's like taking most of the meaning of life away."
The Smith family was obviously devastated, but Carston's Mom's memory has lived on through his rodeo competitions.
Carston said, "You could definitely feel a presence, she was there cheering me and some of my traveling partners."
Carston and his Dad bring the green gear Julie would wear, to every event. The way he has carried on his mom's legacy and helped to keep their family together.
Steve explained, "It has helped us feel closer without her being here."