For every ride inside a rodeo arena, cowboys spend hours on the road.
Saddle bronc riders Cody Taton and Casey Sisk put that measure to the test last weekend. The traveling partners from Corona, N.M., had ridden Friday night in Canby, Ore., with their buddy, 2007 world champion Taos Muncy, also of Corona.
They left the western Oregon community and drove through the night, dropping Taos off in Caldwell, Idaho, for Saturday night’s short go-round at the final event of the 2011 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour. Sisk and Taton then continued on to the Boise, Idaho, airport. The 445-mile venture took more than seven hours and got them on a flight for Denver that left at 6:30 a.m. Mountain time.
Upon arriving in Denver, the cowboys boarded another plane for Albuquerque, N.M., then they hustled to their vehicle for the 360-mile drive to Silverton, Texas, where they had drawn a couple of Carr Pro Rodeo broncs.
In all, they spent a few hours in the air and more than 12 hours on the highways in an effort to get from the Northwest to the Texas Panhandle.
“We wanted to get on Pete’s horses,” Sisk said of Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm.
Taton, who still lists Mud Butte, S.D., as his hometown through the PRCA, rode Carr’s Miss Revolver for 76 points to finish third at the Buck Wild Days Rodeo. Sisk stuggled with Carr’s Sugar Daddy and placed out of the money.
“Anytime we’re entered, we like to come get on,” said Taton, who won the saddle bronc riding average championship at the 2007 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It doesn’t hurt that the Texas Circuit rodeo was co-sanctioned with the Prairie and Turquoise circuits, meaning dollars earned in Silverton counted toward standings for contestants in all three circuits.
Taton and Sisk are sitting second and third in the Turquoise Circuit, made up of rodeos and contestants primarily from New Mexico and Arizona. The top 12 in each event at the end of the regular season qualify for the circuit finals, so it was important in the region. But there was so much more.
“Pete Carr’s one of the few, if not the only, stock contractor we’d do this for, because we know we have a chance to win on anything he has out,” Sisk said.