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Snow Pros: Blaine Mathews

Living the dream -- riding sleds and bucking broncs
RELATED TOPICS: RMSHA | HILLCLIMB | RACING
Blaine Mathews snowmobile hillclimb racing competition
Yes, Blaine Mathews loves to compete in hillclimbs, but he enjoys all competition, including rodeos during the summer.
Blaine Mathews snowmobile hillclimb racing competition
World-Champion Hillclimber. Rancher. Rodeo Cowboy. Professional Hunting Guide. When you link all the occupations of Blaine Mathews together it’s easy to paint a picture of a rugged outdoorsman and accomplished athlete. And, while Mathews is a hardworking mountain man, many people might not realize he is also a big dreamer.

■ Riding is in his DNA

Growing up the oldest of three kids in Pinedale, Wyo., at 7,175 feet above sea level and the gateway to the Wind River Mountains, Mathews was riding a snowmobile nearly before he could walk. His first snowmobile was a Ski-Doo Mini Z, and while putting miles on that sled his love of snowmobiling was born.

He spent his younger years watching his mom and several men in his life ride and race snowmobiles and dreamed of becoming a professional hillclimber. Not even a childhood injury of a burst spleen after he was run over by a snowmobile would deter him from what he loved.

As he got older, racing became a passion for Mathews. With his family cheering him on, he has found many successes including a 2016 World Championship, 23 career Pro wins and 10 career Kings. In 2016 he was named RMSHA (Rocky Mountain States Hillclimb Assn.) Racer of the Year and has continued to be an influential athlete on the hillclimb circuit.
Blaine Mathews rodeo competition bronco riding
Blaine Mathews snowmobile hillclimb racing competition
■ Other competitive outlets
His competitive nature also found outlets when the snow melted. One is in the rodeo arena. Some might say rodeo also runs in his blood. “My family and their ancestors have always been involved in rodeo,” Mathews says. With many career wins, making the college national finals, and placing 13th in the nation, Mathews has seen success on this stage as well, although he was not without his naysayers.

“Lots of people used to think I was crazy at times when I would say I wanted to do this or that, then I made it happen and I was successful,” Mathews says.

While he has had injuries in both sports, including a broken shoulder blade in a hillclimb crash, and many injuries on the rodeo circuit, he considers himself lucky to be healthy most of the time. 

“Knock on wood!” he jokes.

Having big dreams and the persistence and passion to pursue them drives Mathews. He’s also naturally curious, with a desire to see how far he can go. 
Blaine Mathews rodeo competition calf roping
“I always want to know what is on the other side, I am a huge explorer of the unknown,” Mathews says.

This tenacity to see what he can do, and run down his dreams even when he is not sure what is on the other side, has allowed him to fill his life with the activities he loves, where even work is something he enjoys.

The future? “I just plan on doing what I love most and never giving up on my dreams — I may look to settle down for good one day here at home, but for now I’m going to keep chasing rodeos in the summer and snow in the winter!”

One can argue that the world could use more idealists like Blaine Mathews with the grit it takes to reach their goals.

“I never want to feel like I have left anything on the table at the end of the day,” Mathews adds. “We are not here on this earth for that long, so I want to make the best of it while I am here!”

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