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Bull rider Nevada Newman’s career takes flight with NILE triumph

BILLINGS, MT – The most famous person ever to come out of Melstone, MT (population 136) was pioneering aviatrix Evelyn Genevieve Sharp, and while Nevada Newman is majoring in aviation at Casper College, if he is ever going to overshadow Ms. Sharp, it will be for flying by the seat of his pants on a 2,000-pound bull.

Newman, who just turned 19 last month and is starting the second year of his PRCA career, earned his biggest win yet – and biggest payday – on Oct. 22 at the NILE ProRodeo. He scored 89 points on Brookman-Hyland Rodeo Company’s No. 88 to beat runner-up Tater Hins by four points and earn $2,651.

A fourth-generation rodeo contestant, Newman grew up competing in tie-down roping and team roping as well as bull riding, but never felt he was as good at the roping events and found the challenge of bull riding too thrilling to ignore. A little over a year ago, he made the decision to concentrate on bulls alone.

“I started as a kid riding on sheep, then steers, working my way up to bulls,” said Newman. “I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s what I feel I’m best at … it’s a thrill and I like being around it. It takes a lot of technique. You make that ride (for eight seconds), it’s the best feeling in the world.”

It will be awhile before he tops the buzz he got at Rimrock Auto Arena. Melstone is 84.5 miles away, so about a dozen members of the family made it down from the 30,000-acre ranch to witness Newman’s breakthrough moment, including his mom, dad, all three siblings, grandpa, an aunt, an uncle and a few cousins.

Newman’s grandfather, Rodney Newman, was a stock contractor and Nevada reckons he has been to the Rimrock facility 20 times for various competitions and shows, although never for the NILE.

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“We were always busy at the ranch and never made it down for this event,” Newman said. “I know the building real well, but this was the first time I had ever seen this rodeo, let alone competed in it. It was great. I’m very thankful. I definitely feel blessed.”

The other NILE champions were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (88 points), steer wrestler Straws Milan (4.2 seconds), team ropers Travis Tryan and Joel Bach (5.5 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere (85 points), tie-down ropers Logan Hofer and Trevor Thiel (8.9 seconds each) and barrel racer Benette Barrington (13.96 seconds).

BILLINGS, MT – The most famous person ever to come out of Melstone, MT (population 136) was pioneering aviatrix Evelyn Genevieve Sharp, and while Nevada Newman is majoring in aviation at Casper College, if he is ever going to overshadow Ms. Sharp, it will be for flying by the seat of his pants on a 2,000-pound bull.

Newman, who just turned 19 last month and is starting the second year of his PRCA career, earned his biggest win yet – and biggest payday – on Oct. 22 at the NILE ProRodeo. He scored 89 points on Brookman-Hyland Rodeo Company’s No. 88 to beat runner-up Tater Hins by four points and earn $2,651.

A fourth-generation rodeo contestant, Newman grew up competing in tie-down roping and team roping as well as bull riding, but never felt he was as good at the roping events and found the challenge of bull riding too thrilling to ignore. A little over a year ago, he made the decision to concentrate on bulls alone.

“I started as a kid riding on sheep, then steers, working my way up to bulls,” said Newman. “I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s what I feel I’m best at … it’s a thrill and I like being around it. It takes a lot of technique. You make that ride (for eight seconds), it’s the best feeling in the world.”

It will be awhile before he tops the buzz he got at Rimrock Auto Arena. Melstone is 84.5 miles away, so about a dozen members of the family made it down from the 30,000-acre ranch to witness Newman’s breakthrough moment, including his mom, dad, all three siblings, grandpa, an aunt, an uncle and a few cousins.

Newman’s grandfather, Rodney Newman, was a stock contractor and Nevada reckons he has been to the Rimrock facility 20 times for various competitions and shows, although never for the NILE.

“We were always busy at the ranch and never made it down for this event,” Newman said. “I know the building real well, but this was the first time I had ever seen this rodeo, let alone competed in it. It was great. I’m very thankful. I definitely feel blessed.”

The other NILE champions were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (88 points), steer wrestler Straws Milan (4.2 seconds), team ropers Travis Tryan and Joel Bach (5.5 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere (85 points), tie-down ropers Logan Hofer and Trevor Thiel (8.9 seconds each) and barrel racer Benette Barrington (13.96 seconds).

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