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Badlands Professional Bull Riders Association

Rocky Mountain Extreme

Bulls & Broncs

July 20 & 21, 2012

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Tyler McBade, Kalispell, MT

Clayton Enzminger, Steele, ND

Casey Stoner, Columbia Falls, MT

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Seth Fenner, Browning, MT

Hiatt Balch, Bonners Ferry, ID

Allen Goldberg, Browning, MT

Clayton Algren, Lodge Grass, MT

Tom Riser, Columbia Falls, MT

Levi Rockhill, Kalispell, MT

Taryl Smith, Litchville, ND

Jake Narducci, Hungry Horse, MT

Bronc Rider / Hometown 1st Round 2nd Round

Seth Fenner, Browning, MT

Allen Goldberg, Browning, MT

Robert Wagner, Browning, MT

Doug Hall, Heart Butte, MT

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Bull Fighters

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Bull Riders

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Eric Underhill, Libby, MT

Cody Brewer, Kalispell, MT

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Tyler McBade, Kalispell, MT

Clayton Enzminger,

Steele, ND

Casey Stoner,

Columbia Falls, MT

Hunter Zigler, Kalispell, MT

Seth Fenner, Browning, MT

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Hiatt Balch, Bonners Ferry, ID

Allen Goldberg, Browning, MT

Clayton Algren,

Lodge Grass, MT

Tom Riser, Columbia Falls, MT

Levi Rockhill, Kalispell, MT

Taryl Smith Litchville, ND

Jake Narducci,

Hungry Horse, MT

Bronc Riders

Seth Fenner, Browning, MT

Allen Goldberg, Browning MT

Robert Wagner, Browning, MT

Doug Hall, Heart Butte, MT

Brent Vigen, Bismarck, ND

Rob McGilbray, Havre, MT

Guy Simonton, Malta, MT

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One wild ride

There's more to bronc riding than just staying on

Eight seconds may not seem like a

long time, but when you're on the back

of 1,000-plus pounds of pure muscle

whose only goal is to get you off his

back, it can be an eternity.

But for the riders taking part in bull

and bronc riding competitions, that's

just what they have to do if they want a

chance to advance to the next round.

Oh, and there's a few other things they

need to do in addition to staying on,

and avoiding the flying hooves or horns

Both the horse and the rider receive scores based on their performance.

when they get off.

Bronc riding is divided into two main

categories, bareback and saddle, but

both are scored in similar manners.

Saddle bronc riders use a special

saddle based on the traditional

western saddle. The saddle includes

free-swinging stirrups, no horn and a

simple rein. The rider lifts the rein and

attempts to get into a rhythm with the


A bareback bronc rider has no

saddle or rein, but rather a handle on

a surcingle-style rigging. The surcingle

is a simple strap that fits around the

horse's withers.

On the first jump out of the chute, the

rider must "mark out" the horse. This

means the rider's spurs must be above

the horse's shoulder. His feet must

remain in this position until the horse's

front hooves hit the ground outside the


If this doesn't happen, the rider will

receive no score for the ride, even if he

manages to stick on for the eight seconds.

This rule can be waived by the judges

if the horse refuses to leave the chute,

and the rider will be told to "go on" or "go

to the belly."

Once the horse clears the chute, the

rider's goal is to stay on for eight seconds,

holding on with just one hand. If his

other hand contacts the horse or any of

the equipment, he is disqualified.

Assuming everything has gone well

for the rider and he has a qualifying

ride, a score is given by two judges.

Both the horse and the rider are scored

based on their performance, with each

judge awarding a maximum of 25

points each to the horse and rider.

Qualifying rides are any ride that

lasted for eight seconds, included the

rider marking the horse and maintaining

a free hand. At the end of the event,

the highest score wins.

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Didja know?

A little bit of western trivia


The term "maverick" is believed to

have originated when a Texas rancher

and lawyer, Samuel Maverick, failed

to brand his cattle, allowing them to

freely run the wide open range. When a

rancher ran across an unbranded cow,

he would yell out "must be a maverick."

The term spread across America.

Ranchers believed that they had a right

to keep any mavericks they found out

on the range. They would then mark

them with their own brand.


Before cattle were kept fenced in by

barbed wire, they roamed freely over the

open range. Cattlemen found it necessary

to burn an identifying mark on the

hides of their cattle. Using a hot branding

iron in the shape of numbers, letters or

symbols, the rancher would then register

the brand in the official county brand

book. When a rancher found unbranded

cattle on his land they were known as

mavericks and the rancher had a right to

mark it with his own brand.


The name cowboy as we know it

today was not used until around the

1860s and was used to describe what

a man did on the back of a horse to

control cattle. After the Civil War, there

was a big demand for meat in the North

and East.

The cowboy drove large herds of

cattle from Texas to rail towns such

as Abilene, Dodge City, Wichita and

Newton. Cattle were eventually driven

to Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, New

Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

The cowboy was also responsible

for branding the cattle with the owners

identifying mark. They wore chaps over

their pants to protect their legs from the

bush. He carried a lariat (rope), which

he used to catch the cattle. Cowboys

were paid about $10 a week. After long

cattle drives they would often spend

their money on drinking and gambling

in the cow towns.

It is estimated that about a quarter

of the approximately 35,000 cowboys

in the United States were black. One

famous black cowboy was Nat Love,

who published his autobiography, "The

Life and Adventures of Nat Love," in

1907. Other famous – and infamous –

cowboys included Billy the Kid, Perry

Owens, Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid,

Ben Kilpatrick, Clay Allison, Dick Brewer,

Bill Longley, Jeff Milton, George

Scarborough, Jack Omohundro, William

Carver and John Wesley Hardin.

Many events in today's modern

rodeos got their start from the daily

activities of these cowboys.


Horses were originally brought to

North America in the 16th century

by the Spanish. Some escaped and

soon increased in number. These wild

horses became

the property of

the Native Americans,

who quickly

became aware

of how intelligent

the horse was

and discovered

that they could be

tamed and trained

to ride. The Native

Americans also

used them to hitch

their travois to

transport wood

and other items.

Horses also came

with European

settlers. They

were used to

pull wagons and

stagecoaches and

were important to

the cowboy.

The saddle

The saddle

known as the

western saddle is a version of the

Spanish Vaquero's saddle used by

cowboys in Mexico. Up until about the

19th century, the western saddle was

known as the Spanish saddle.

As working cowboys used the earlier

saddles, they needed changes in the

styles and strengths to withstand the

hard work of the Old West. The saddles

needed to be strong enough to hold a

roped calf and be comfortable for the

long hours a cowboy had to spend in

the saddle. Modifications have led over

the years to more comfortable and

different models for different groups of

riders using western saddles.

The side saddle

Throughout history, women have

been portrayed as riding "side saddle."

The first side saddle was brought to

England by Anne of Bohemia, wife of

Richard II in the 12th century. It was

constructed much like a chair with a

planchette and a hand hold for her right

hand. By the 15th century a back had

been developed and a horn in the front

and a side rail were added. By the 16th

century, Catherine De Medici, Queen

of France, made improvements to the

side saddle. An avid hunter and rider,

she moved the horn to the center of the

saddle, which enabled her to wrap her

leg around the horn for better security.

By this time, the planchette changed to

a slipper stirrup.

The saddle styles changed little

through the 1700s. By the 1800s the

side saddle went through some major

changes making it more safe and secure

for the female rider. The first was

a strap which ran from the back to the

girth on the off side. This strap eventually

would reach diagonally from the

left front to the right rear and became

known as the balance.

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For those spectators unfamiliar with

bull riding terminology, the following

definitions explain phrases you may

hear while attending a bull riding event.

Biting the dust: Being thrown from a

horse or a bull.

Blooper: An animal with very little

bucking ability that jumps and kicks or

just runs around the arena.

Blows-up: An animal that runs out

away from the chute before starting to


Boot the bull: Means a particular

bull can be spurred.

Bull fighter: Protects the cowboy by

placing himself between the fallen rider

and the bull to allow the rider to get to


Bull rope: A braided rope with a

cowbell attached which is wrapped

around the bull's midsection for the

rider to hang on to.

Chute: Holds the stock to be used

prior to the event.

Chute fighter: A rough stock animal

that will not stand still and tries to fight

the cowboy before it leaves the chute.

Cowbell: A bell on the end of the

rope used to safely remove the rope

from the bull. It adds weight to the

rope so it falls away when the cowboy


Double kicker: A bull that kicks up

with its hind legs, walks on its front legs

and then kicks again with the hind legs

before the hind legs touch the ground.

Fading: A bull that spins and slowly

gains ground in the direction that it's


Fire in the hole: A bull that is still

loose in the arena.

Flagger: The official who signals the

end of elapsed time in timed events.

Flank strap: A wool-lined strap with

a self-holding buckle that is passed

around the flank of a bull. As the bull

leaves the chute, the strap is pulled

tight, causing the animal to buck in an

effort to get rid of the strap.

Free hand: this term only pertains

to roughstock, in which one hand must

stay free of the animal, rider or equipment

at all times.

Freight-trained: A rider or bullfighter

that gets run over by a bull traveling at

top speed.

Go round: The part of the rodeo that

is required to allow each contestant to

compete on one head of stock.

Head Hunter: A bull that is constantly

looking for a two-legged target to hit.

Head thrower: A bull that tries to

hit the cowboy with his head or horns

while the rider is on his back.

Hooker: A bull who, when he bucks,

throws the rider forward so that he can

hook the rider with his horns.

Hung up/Hang up: A rider that is off

the animal but is still stuck in the rigging

or bull rope.

Hog: An expression bull riders use

to describe a large, uncoordinated bull

that is not considered a good draw.

Luck of the draw: The animal most

likely to give a rider a good score or


Pickup men: A mounted man in

the arena who protects the cowboy by

coming between him and the horse

or collects the rider after a successful

ride. Pickup men also collect the

broncs after a ride.

Qualified ride: Rider must be mounted

on bull or bronc for eight seconds

with free hand.

Rank: A very hard animal to ride.

Re-ride: When a rider is given an-

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Talk the talk with bull and bronc riding lingo

other chance to ride in the same event

due to the bull being a chute fighter,

falling down or the bull fails to buck.

Run away: A bull that does not buck

and just runs around.

Scoring: A perfect score for bull riding

would be 100 points; bronc riding

would be 50 points. The judges scores

are combined giving the rider his score.

Stock is also scored on bucking ability.

Set you up: A bull that drops a

shoulder like they are going to turn or

spin in one direction, and then immediately

does the opposite.

Slinger: A bull that tries to hit the

cowboy with his head or horns while

the rider is on his back.

Snorty: A bull that blows air at a

bullfighter or downed cowboy.

Spinner: A bull that spins or turns as

if chasing its tail. Scores high, especially

if it spins both left and right.

Spurring: A motion of the cowboy's


Stock contractor: The person or

organization that provides the livestock

used in the rodeo events.

Trash: A bucking animal with no set


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'Chute'ing the breeze

What we heard at the last Rocky

Mountain Bull Riding Challenge

I've been riding since

I can't remember when.

I started on sheep when

I was a kid. It's just in

my blood, and I love it.

– Derek Kolbaba,

bull rider

I used to play baseball

in college and wanted

something more. This is

a real adrenaline rush.

Sure I get a little nervous,

but after the first

gate, it's pretty natural.

I put my body on the

line for them, but I'm

the only protection they

have. – Trent Ochsner,

bull fighter

I've been riding for more than 24 years

now, and I'm 36. I'd sell my wife for a

ride, I love it that much. All joking aside,

I'm a free spirit and where else can I do

something like this? The bull's not mean

'cause he doesn't like you, he just doesn't

want you on his back.

– Bill Mcleskey, bull rider

It's the most exhilerating thing I've

done. Five minutes before your ride,

you're scared and nervous. Thirty seconds

before, you're so focused, there's

no room for fear.

– Paul Reimer, bull rider

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