Endings bring new beginnings in rodeo

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When one thing ends, another begins.

Cowboy Christmas is winding down, and it’s been one whale of a run for many contestants. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have found the “right” bank accounts over the last few days.

Earnings are still being tabulated, with several events concluding tonight and the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., concluding tomorrow.

CalgaryStampede-logoMeanwhile, the first performance of the 101st Calgary Stampede began Friday afternoon, with steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy, bull rider Scott Schiffner and bronc rider Rylan Geiger (who shared the first-round win with two-time world champion Taos Muncy) being the Canadian winners. Others were reigning barrel racing world champion Mary Walker, tie-down roper Shane Hanchey and bareback rider Casey Colletti.

The second round begins at 2:30 p.m. Central today and can be watched via livestream HERE.

Of course, no talk about these tremendous cowboys and cowgirls can go on without a little discussion about possibly the hottest athlete in ProRodeo.

On Friday night in Window Rock, Ariz., George Gillespie rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket for 89 points to win the Navajo Nation’s Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo. Dirty Jacket has performed seven times this year, and six times the 9-year-old bay gelding has carried his cowboy to the round and/or event championship: Ryan Gray shared the short-round victory in Fort Worth, Texas; J.R. Vezain won San Antonio; Jared Keylon shared the final-round win at the Ram National Circuit Finals in Oklahoma City; Bill Tutor won Claremore, Okla.; and Taylor Price won Pecos, Texas.

He’s a phenomenal athlete, and if you get a chance to watch him perform, you should take it. Every bareback rider in ProRodeo wants a chance to ride that horse, because they all know he gives them the best opportunity to win. That’s the truest testament to a great bucking horse.


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