LAS VEGAS – Being a bull rider is tough business, but it’s a job Seth Glause takes to heart.
Of course, it helps when you’re one of the best. Glause, of Rock Springs, Wyo., just finished his run at the Wrangler
National Finals Rodeo for the third time in four years, and he had the best 10 days in Las Vegas in his career.
Glause, who attended Central Wyoming College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University on rodeo scholarships, rode three bulls, placing in the first, sixth and 10th go-rounds of ProRodeo’s championship event – actually, he won the first round with an 86.5-point ride, collecting the winner’s payday of $17,885 and securing a coveted Montana Silversmiths Go-Round Buckle.
“I think I’m riding better at the finals than I have before,” he said. “I’m more comfortable.”
It’s showed. In his previous two trips to the Nevada desert – in 2008 and 2010 – Glause rode just one bull. He tripled those figures this December and collected his greatest earnings, $30,000.
But as one of the elite, qualifying for Vegas means intense challenges. Not only are the other cowboys part of the top 15 in the world standings, they’re going to be matched against the greatest bulls in ProRodeo for 10 nights. Even for the best in the world, it’s hard to stay atop 1,800 pounds of twisting muscle.
L.J. Jenkins of Porum, Okla., won the NFR average with a cumulative score of 501 points on six qualified rides. Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., is the only other bull rider to hang onto six for the qualifying eight seconds, and he finished second in the aggregate. Only three cowboys in the history of the game have ridden all 10 bulls at the NFR, and it’s been 17 years since it happened the last time – Adriano Moraes won the average in 1994.
Glause’s finals ride came Saturday night during the 10th round of the marathon event at the Thomas & Mack Center, when he matched moves with Burns Rodeo’s Kids Twist for 85.5 points. That was good enough for fourth place in the round, worth $7,500.
“I think it went pretty good,” he said. “I think I could’ve ridden more bulls, but I’m pretty happy.”