Shane Proctor is a talented bull rider. During his run at the National Western Stock Show rodeo in Denver, he was dominating, winning all three go-rounds and the average championship.
It all added up to $17,350 for the Mooresville, N.C., cowboy, who won the 2008 Toughest Cowboy competition. The No. 2 money-earner was Bo Casper of Fort Scott, Kan., whose 254 points earned him a split of the bareback riding title with three-time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas. Casper also split the opening go-round victory and collected $12,728.
There were plenty of big payoffs in Denver, which is the case every January. It’s just another example of why it’s such an important event in ProRodeo.
National Western Stock Show rodeo champions
Bareback Riding: (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 254 points, $8,964, Bo Casper, Fort Scott, Kan., 254 points, $12,728
Steer Wrestling: Darrell Petry, Beaumont, Texas, 13.4 seconds, $8,264
Team Roping: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 15.6, seconds, $8,458.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 252 points, $12,310
Tie-Down Roping Justin Macha, Needville, Texas, 24.1, $11,073
Barrel Racing: Susan Kay Smith, Hodgen, Okla., 45.66, $9,081
Bull Riding: Shane Proctor, Moorseville, N.C., 264 points, $17,350
All-Around: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, $7,304 won in tie-down and team roping