Cowboy with autism inspires others

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) -- More than 200 students from all over Nebraska competed in the High School Rodeo, but Wyatt Kunkee stood out from the crowd.

Horses at the High School Rodeo

The cowboy has autism and he's using it to his advantage. He's teaching people along the way, including his own family.

"Letting things happen (when) they're ready to happen. That not to get in a rush and persistence. That never give up attitude that he has is huge," said Dean Kunkee, Wyatt's dad.

The rodeo isn't just helping Wyatt become a better bronco bucker; it's even helping him in everyday life.

"It's helped him socially. He's kind of came out of his shell and it has given him a whole new outlook on life," said Angie Kunkee, Wyatt's mom.

His mom said that the rodeo also helped him get better grades in school.

Wyatt said his autism helps him become a better individual and competitor.

"It helps me become a good person and a talented athlete and a good cowboy," said Wyatt.

And if you think you can't do something because of a disability, the rodeo coordinator said to think again.

"It's all about inclusion. It doesn't matter how you are, what you are or what you have. If you have an interest and you're willing to do it and you put forth the effort, do it," said Trish Hinrichs, the coordinator of the High School Rodeo.