Utah cowboy Allen Boore claims HOTR championship
HOTR Bronc Riders 2017
1. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, South Dakota
2. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, South Dakota
3. Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah
4. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
5. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Neb.
6. Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
7. Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
8. Troy Crowser, Whitewood, South Dakota
9. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, Louisiana
10. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, Louisiana
11. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
12. Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta
13. JJ Elshere, Hereford, South Dakota
14. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, South Dakota
15. Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand
16. Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta
17. Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyoming
18. Ty Manke, Hermosa, South Dakota
19. Taos Muncy, Corona, New Mexico
20. Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas
21. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, South Dakota
22. Taygen Schuelke, Newell, South Dakota
23. Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Montana
24. Joe Sonnier III, New Iberia, Louisiana
25. Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
26. Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, British Columbia
27. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah
28. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
29. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah
30. Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah
31. Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
32. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah
Sentinel Butte, N.D. — The Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match celebrated its 61st anniversary this year. Utah cowboy Allen Boore claimed the championship during the Aug. 5 event near Sentinel Butte, N.D.
These 12 cowboys made the short round and were auctioned off in the calcutta before making their second ride:
Last year was the first year HOTR Champion Allen Boore qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
This year, besides the HOTR bronc match, he also won the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup in Great Falls and was named co-champion of the Clovis, California rodeo.
Boore twice qualified for the CNFR in saddle bronc and was the NIRA Central Plains Region saddle bronc riding champion in 2013, riding for Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
For six decades, the HOTR Match has been a premier saddle bronc competition. This event has a history of promoting the top-rated cowboys and broncs. Past champions are a ‘who’s who’ in saddle bronc riding, including Jim Tescher, Alvin Nelson, Larry Mahan, Butch Small, Lewis Field, Brad Gjermundson, Robert Etbauer, Dan Mortensen, Ty Murray, Rod Hay, Cody Wright and Wade Sundell. Last year, Zeke Thurston won the Champions Ride. He went on to win the World Championship at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas.
The Match is celebrating its third year as a sanctioned “extreme bronc riding” event by the PRCA. Thirty-two cowboys ride a bronc and compete in the long-go round. The top 12 scores advance to the short-round to compete for the title and money. The prize money that a cowboy wins counts towards their earnings to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals.
The Champions Ride not only has a rich history of cowboys but also as a major fundraiser for the organization Home On The Range. HOTR is a nonprofit organization which helps abused, neglected and traumatized teenage boys and girls. In 1957, the fledging HOTR relied heavily upon donations to care for the children. A group of cowboys got together to create the Match of Champions to raise money for Home On The Range. 61 years later, this is still the main intent of the Champions Ride. F
–Home on the Range
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