Area competitors headed to Ellensburg
The professional rodeo trail is hot right now with the focus on some of the bigger rodeos coming up as well as any PRCA sanctioned events along the way. The fall run has begun with guys and gals who are “on the bubble” traveling as though their hair is on fire to gather as much money as possible going into the race for Las Vegas. The big show in Ellensburg, WA will kick off this Labor Day weekend with added money of $20,000 for rough stock events, calf roping, barrels and steer wrestling. They will offer added money amounts of $34,500 in the team roping and $6,000 in the steer roping as well.
The 2006 World Champion steer wrestler, Dean Gorsuch of Gering, NE, has kept up his winning streak following his big win in Cheyenne and was on his way to Ellensburg with traveling partners Spud DuVall and others. Gorsuch earned over $8,000 last weekend, claiming the dogging titles in both San Juan Capistrano and Kennewick.
“I took third in the average in Pueblo,” Gorsuch said. “I just plan to keep going as hard as I can.”
Newell, SD saddle bronc rider Cody Taton made a haul over the weekend as well, scoring 86 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting to take the title in Kennewick. Taton traveled on down the road to Bremerton and ended up tying for first place there as well which earned him a total of nearly $10,000 for the weekend. Taton currently holds down the eleventh hole in the Crusher world standings.
“We’re heading to Armstrong, BC right now,” Taton said from the road. “I drew Bonus Alley there and I’m excited about that. I drew dinks in San Juan Capistrano and Pueblo but I was happy with the two in Kennewick and Bremerton.”
Western South Dakota bareback rider Scott Montague hit the season hard but decided the price was too high to travel and plans to stop for the season and continue with his fencing business.
“I kind of quit going for this season,” he said. “It got to be about a thousand dollars a week just to stay on the road and I was a thousand dollars out so I’m working on my fencing business here at home and plan to crack out again next year.”
Montague reported that he is in good health and rooting for the other local rodeo athletes in the area as they go down the road.
It’s interesting the songs rodeo cowboys use as “call back music” these days. Some are heart jumpin’ songs that make even the prudish want to dance and others are old country favorites or rock and roll classics.
It’s true, the world of professional rodeo has certainly changed but the heart and competitive spirit have not. The Tri-State area certainly has some top notch competitors with dreams of a gold buckle in Vegas and probably the most dedicated set of rodeo fans on the face of the earth supporting them.
Our cowboys and cowgirls can travel down the road with the knowledge that they have support from back home as move on to Ellensburg, Puyallup and the rest of the fall rodeos. With huge shows such and Pendleton and Dallas yet ahead, the rodeo family we know from the Tri-State area will be there and will be ready to compete to the end on the road to Las Vegas.