Steven Dent didn’t let a little lost luggage hamper his focus on the task at hand this Cowboys Christmas.
Dent, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Mullin, Neb., and traveling partner Ryan Gray made their way to west Texas for the West of the Pecos Rodeo last week. Their rigging bags failed to make the same flight from Denver to Midland.
Once gear was secured – Gray’s older bareback riding rigging and five gloves were transported from Lubbock, Texas, in time for the two cowboys to ride – Dent matched moves with Carr Pro Rodeo’s MGM Deuces Night for 91 points to win the rodeo.
He then won the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede and placed at several other events over the lucrative Fourth of July run. So far, Dent has earned $17,473.
Oh, and he’s not done, yet. Heading into the final two performances of the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo, Dent leads that big-money rodeo with an 88-point ride he posted on the horse Gold Dust, from Big Stone, Moreno & Growney. He’s in a great position to win that rodeo, but even if he doesn’t, Dent should collect a big check – last year’s winner, Cody DeMers, earned more than $9,500.
Prior to Cowboy Christmas, Dent had earned just shy of $33,000. Now he’s shot past the $50,000 mark.
It’s been one hell of a ride already.