From a press release -- Six cowboys and one cowgirl were invited to be a part of the Indian National Finals Rodeo team at the 108th National Western Stock Show, Rodeo, and Horse Show in Denver, Colorado last month. The Rodeo All-Star contestants were selected by a committee of all the major rodeo associations with the National Western Complex acting as host for the event.
Bareback rider Cameron Bruised Head placed in the first round, but got bucked off in the second round. Steer wrestler Joe Wilson also got bucked off, as did saddle bronc rider Jesse Colliflower. Walt White did not advance in tie-down roping; while team ropers Derrick Begay and James Begay Jr. missed their mark, and ladies barrel racer Brittany Bird also had a bad day.
Despite the INFR contestants’ disappointment, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) sanctioned event went well.
“We have had a long-standing relationship with the National Western [Stock Show and Rodeo], and are proud to be a part of All Star [event],” said PBR spokesman Jay Daugherty. “This event gives riders another opportunity to add to earnings and world standing points.”
Colorado barrel racer Christy Loflin rode Movin to a 15.527-second time in the final round to win in her category as a first-time participant and take home a $5,000 paycheck.
Jordan Hupp earned the buckle in bull riding while Cort Scheer took top honors in saddle bronc riding and Jessy Davis became the RAS bareback cowboy for 2014.
Steer wrestler Nick Guy made winning moves in the head-to-head round. Timber Moore took the top spot in tie-down roping, and the Clay Norell/Cullen Teller duo took the top spot in team roping. The pair took the honors in the semi-final and final rounds before earning first place in the head-to-head round.
All Star Rodeo President Paul Andrews said the event was a success.
“We are home to the world’s premier pen and carload shows along with auctions and our rodeo performances,” Andrews said. “We intend to grow on site and it’s a certainty that we are laser focused on staying in Denver.”
Meanwhile, INFR contestants hope for two things: that their name is drawn for next year’s All Star event, and that 2015 will be better than this year.