Nov 10, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSeth Glause felt like he was back home over the weekend.
The former Central Wyoming College cowboy was in Riverton giving a three-day bull riding clinic Friday through Sunday at the CWC Equine Center.
Glause is now a four-time Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association national qualifier.
"It's kind of an honor being able to compete here and then come back and give back to the school after all the opportunities they gave me," Glause said. "It sure feels like my old stomping grounds. It's pretty fun to be back here. I haven't been back here for awhile."
The clinic drew a good number of current CWC bull riders and some high school riders from around the state.
"I just go over the basics and give some tips to help them further their careers and just help them to be at the level that they want to be at," Glause said.
From the expert
Glause offered tips for keeping on a massive bull, such as staying square, being aggressive, and riding jump for jump.
The young cowboy was a standout college rodeo star for CWC in both saddle bronc and bull riding.
He finished third in the all-around at the College National Finals Rodeo in 2007 at the Casper Events.
Glause placed fourth in bull riding and fifth in saddle bronc.
Glause grew up right across the street in Rock Springs from current CWC head coach Drew Schrock.
Glause now lives in Cheyenne.
"Their house was right behind ours," Glause said. "To come back and help Drew is pretty awesome."
Schrock was teaching teaching when Glause was a student athlete at CWC under former coach Rick Smith.
"Drew is a good role model," Glause said.
"He always does things right. I think that he is doing a good job with the program. Hopefully, they can get back to where they want to be."
Glause's best finish in the PRCA world bull riding standings was third in 2012.
He pocketed $192,000 during the year.
"It was just an honor to be in the running with Cody Teel and J.D. Harris," Glause said.
"They are two of the best bull riders in the world. To be in contention with them for a bull riding title is pretty awesome."
This year Glause has been bothered by injuries.
"This year was pretty tough," Glause said.
"I had two shoulder surgeries so I didn't get to compete very much."
Glause started having problems at the national finals in Las Vegas in December, then had surgery in January.
"I came back for about a month and started having problems again," Glause said.
He had his second surgery in July.
"I'm just getting ready to get back into shape and get ready for the start of next year in January," Glause said.
Glause had hoped he would recover quickly from his first surgery.
"I was pretty excited to come back riding again," Glause said. "To get hurt again, I just realized the season was done. It was nice to able to spend time with family and the people in my life that I needed to spend time with."
The game plan for Glause is to make a return trip to the NFR for 2014 in Las Vegas.
"I will go to try and make as much money as possible during the year," Glause said.
The NFR invites the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
The NFR goes for 10 days in Las Vegas.
"It's an accomplishment to have been there four times," Glause said.
"It was my dream to make it as a kid. To go back that many times is pretty surreal."
Glause has a goal of going to at least 100 rodeos in the upcoming year.
"I will just do whatever it takes," Glause said.
Rustler bull riders
CWC's Jeb Richie was one of the current bull riders who was at the clinic put on by Glause.
"I want to control my free hand a little bit better," Richie said.
"I would like to see the different styles that Seth has. It's pretty cool that he comes here to come and coach us."
Richie says he has a lot of respect for what Glause does in the rodeo arena.
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