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CWC cowboy wins saddle bronc title
Aug 1, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Incoming Rustler sophomore Colton Miller won $1,060.20 when he rode a hose named Bad Company.
Central Wyoming College sophomore cowboy Colton Miller cashed in $1,060.20 after he won the saddle bronc title on Tuesday night at the PRCA Ram rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
The performance was held before a packed crowd in the annual rodeo during county fair week. Miller had a 76 on a horse named Bad Company.
"It feels really good to win at a pro level like this," Miller said. "I just held my feet for two jumps. I just kept trying. I had been on that horse one time before in high school when I was a senior at the state finals."
Former CWC rodeo cowboy Seth Glause tied for second with California cowboy Michael Maher with a pair of 74s to each win $662.62.
Glause is currently ranked No. 10 in the world standings in bull riding. Glause was bucked off his bull later on in the evening.
"It feels pretty good to go against guys that were there before me that I didn't get to compete against in college," said Miller about having a number of CWC guys in the field."
Miller said winning the Riverton rodeo has been the highlight of the summer.
"The summer has been going off and on," Miller said.
Miller expects to have another strong season in the saddle bronc competition for CWC this fall under new coach Drew Schrock, who was just hired last week to replace former CWC coach Rick Smith.
"I'm going to go out there and try hard and try and improve," said Miller. "We have a new coach.
"I think that he will do great for us. I will just try to top my freshman season if I can."
Miller won the Central Rocky Mountain regional saddle bronc title in his freshman season to qualify for the College Nationals Finals Rodeo.
Les Shepperson of Midwest started the week ranked No. 2 in the PRCA world standings in steer wrestling.
Shepperson showed Fremont County rodeo fans on Tuesday night why he is near the top when he put down a time of 4.3 seconds to win the title.
"That is pretty quick, but it's pretty quick setup," Shepperson said. "I was real happy when I heard how fast it was."
Lander's Riley Krassin finished second at 5.1 seconds and won $812.25.
Theo Federer of Cheyenne was third in 5.4 to win $541.50.
The top 15 in the world advance to the National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas. Shepperson believes he has a top-15 spot locked up with his fast start in the summer. Then Thouvenell from Napa, Calif., is first in the word standings at $61,487.
Shepperson is second at $54, 779 and will move up after his win at the Riverton rodeo.
Australian cowboy Roy Dunn took the bull riding title when he delivered an 84 on Tuesday night.
Dunn won $984.29. Only two cowboys lasted the required eight seconds in two nights of competition.
Dane Candiotto from Independence, La., was second with the 80 he scored on Monday night.
Tyler Scales from Severance, Colo., finished in the top spot in bareback riding with a score of 86 to bring home $706.17.
Casper's Justin Johnson and C.J.. Scheller from Ault, Colo., won the team roping competition in 5.5 seconds for a $978.50 payout.
Texas cowboy Reese Riemer had a winning score of 7.9 seconds in tie-down roping to win $1,121.
Pinedale's Julie James-Black won the barrel racing in 17.66 seconds for $706.85.
Final results from PRCA rodeo held Monday and Tuesday, with score and money
Bareback riding -- 1. Tyler Scales, Severance, Colo., 86, $918,02; 2. Weston Garrett, Douglas, 73, $706.17; 3. Zach Curran, Laramie, 55, $423.70.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Les Shepperson, Midwest, 4.3, $1,083; 2. Riley Krassin, Lander, 5.1, $812.25; 3. Theo Federer, Cheyenne, 5.4, $541.50.
Team roping -- 1. C.J. Scheller, Ault, Colo/Justin Johnson, Casper, 5.5, $978,50; 2. Quincy Kueckelhan, Bonham, Texas/Jake Pianalto, Rose, Okla., 6.1, $733,88; 3. Willow Raley, Baggs/Gary Rodarmel, Steamboat Springs, 7.3, $489.25; 4. Dustin Smith, Burns/Jason Furnival, Casper, 7.5, $244.63.
Saddle bronc riding -- 1. Colton Miller, Lance Creek, 76, 1,060.20; 2. (tie) Michael Maher, Brentwood, Calif., 74, $662.62 and Seth Glause, Cheyenne, 74, $662.62; 4. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 73, and $132.52 and Ray Tom Meiers, Mills, 73, $132.52.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 7.9, $1,121; 2. Mitch McAdow, Littleton, Colo., 8.1, $840.75; 3. George Allen Rowland, Cypress, Texas, 8.3, $560.50; 4. Roger Jones, Farson, 9.5, $280.25.,
Barrel racing -- 1. Julie James-Black, Pinedale, 17.66, $706.85; 2. (tie) Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 17,86, $568.55 and Brenda Seely, Lander, 17.86, $568.55; 4. Pat Spratt, Lysite, 17.97, $430.25; 5. Sami Jo Sweeney, Fort Lupton, Colo, 18.03, $338,06; 6. Iiene Choal, Laramie, 18.06, $245.86; 7. WIllow Raley, Bags, 18.18, $153.66; 8. Rachel Primm, Washaoe Valley, 18.19, $61.46.
Bull riding -- 1. Roy Dunn, North Queensland, Australia, 84, $984.20; 2. Dane Candiotto, Independence, La, 80, $738.15.