Shaun Stroh had just finished riding Friday at the American Royal PRCA Rodeo, spurring for an 85 for the night’s best score in saddle bronc riding, yet he wasn’t done.
On the cement floor of a makeshift locker room near small restrooms, Stroh sat in his bronc saddle and shuffled his feet, all the while taking in the advice Bobby Griswold had to offer about the elaborate piece of equipment and the best way to make it work. Forty-five minutes early, Dusty Hausauer did the same thing, working on the mechanics of the saddle, intently focused on Griswold’s words.
All three men are among the elite in saddle bronc riding, and they’ve all played on the grandest stage in the sport, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. But if there is a way to make things better, they’re all interested in learning.
Besides making a living on the rodeo trail, Griswold is also an equine dentist. When I witnessed his educating, I said jokingly, “Heck, I thought all Bobby did was fix teeth.”
Stroh said, “He fixes bronc riders, too.”