SD horse top PRCA saddle bronc
The PRCA Top Bucking Stock has been announced, rewarding the best bull and pair of bucking horses for the 2012 season.
In the saddle bronc, Onida, SD, contractor Sutton Rodeos’ “Chuckulator” received top honors.
The eight-year-old Chuckulator has put together an impressive resume in a short amount of time and finally is getting his due.
“He’s not a real old horse and he made the top ten vote the last two years at the NFR,” stock contractor Steve Sutton said. “He’s just kept getting better all the time, and then this year we ventured out to a few more places that had short gos and he drew good cowboys and they all did well on him.”
Chuckulator is a product of Sutton Rodeos’ “Born to Buck” program in which they raise 98 percent of the bucking horses they use. His Sire Justin Boots, Dam Midnight Star and Dam’s Sire Mr. T all were all selected to compete in the National Finals Rodeo.
Other Sutton Rodeo stock honored by the PRCA include 1961 Bull of the NFR in Dallas – Baldy owned by Korkow/Sutton, Reserve Bareback of the NFR – Snake River, 1964 Reserve Bareback of the NFR – Yellow Jacket in Los Angeles, 1979 Saddle Bronc of the Year – Deep Water, 1985 Bareback Horse of the Year – Tombstone.
The 2011 Bareback Horse of the Year, Full Baggage, was nudged into second place in 2012 by Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Night.
The cowboys who rode the seven-year-old mare averaged almost 86 points per ride, making her a dream draw for any bareback rider.
“Deuces Night is just an exceptional young mare and I knew from the time that she was about three years old that she was going to be special,” stock contractor Pete Carr said. “We didn’t think things were going to come together so quickly for her, but she’s been pretty outstanding the last year-and-a-half.”
For the second consecutive year, 4L & Diamond S Rodeo stands atop the bull riding world.
A year after Palm Springs took home the honors as the best bull in the PRCA, Cat Ballou is the top bull of 2012.
“We pride ourselves on trying to bring the very best stock we can to the PRCA rodeos each year,” 4L & Diamond S pen supervisor Scott Pickens said. “Cat Ballou fits into the old-school type of bull that used to be in those famous NFR eliminator pens; he is just so strong.”
In the 16 times that bull riders mounted Cat Ballou in 2012, only one rider was able to ride for the full eight seconds.
Corey Rickard managed a 93-point ride on the beast at the Cave Creek (AZ) Fiesta Days Rodeo in March. The only other qualified ride in the last two years – or 34 attempts – was when Bobby Welsh rode for 89 points at Laughlin, NV, in 2011.
The awards were voted on by the top 20 cowboys in the world standings in each event as of Sept. 18, 2012.
–compiled from releases from PRCA and Sutton Rodeos
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