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Rocky Mountain Bronc Riders Association works to make saddle bronc riding great again

Courtesy photoJohn Gershner competes on a saddle bronc at one of the Rocky Mountain Bronc Riders Association events.

With the gaining popularity of bull riding and the cost involved for equipment to ride a saddle bronc, the sport seems to be dying off. Jon Suttee, along with friend and business partner Joe Middleton, have watched what is happening to their favorite sport and decided to do something about it. The pair has started the Rocky Mountain Bronc Rider Association (RMBRA) with the goal of “Making Bronc Riding Great Again.”

“We formed the RMBRA last summer, informally,” said Heidi Suttee, Jon’s wife. “It happened when Jon was reacquainted with Joe Middleton at a rodeo in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. Joe is a long-time stock contractor and bucking horse guy who Jon knew from riding broncs and trading horses in high school. We all decided to partner up and start hosting bronc riding events together. From that point, the idea of forming an association specially dedicated to the sport of bronc riding was born, and it has grown from there.”

The first event was held on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds Equine Facility in Douglas, WY. They were pleased with the initial response. “We had over 50 contestants, and even though there were blizzard-like conditions and it was minus 30 (degrees), many spectators came to watch our event,” Heidi explained. Contestants came from all across the country, and as far away as Canada, Florida and Nevada. “We were very pleased with the initial turnout, and it gave us the confidence to continue to grow and expand this group,” she added.



With the gaining popularity of bull riding and the cost involved for equipment to ride a saddle bronc, the sport seems to be dying off. Jon Suttee, along with friend and business partner Joe Middleton, have watched what is happening to their favorite sport and decided to do something about it. The pair has started the Rocky Mountain Bronc Rider Association (RMBRA) with the goal of “Making Bronc Riding Great Again.”

“We formed the RMBRA last summer, informally,” said Heidi Suttee, Jon’s wife. “It happened when Jon was reacquainted with Joe Middleton at a rodeo in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. Joe is a long-time stock contractor and bucking horse guy who Jon knew from riding broncs and trading horses in high school. We all decided to partner up and start hosting bronc riding events together. From that point, the idea of forming an association specially dedicated to the sport of bronc riding was born, and it has grown from there.”



The first event was held on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds Equine Facility in Douglas, WY. They were pleased with the initial response. “We had over 50 contestants, and even though there were blizzard-like conditions and it was minus 30 (degrees), many spectators came to watch our event,” Heidi explained. Contestants came from all across the country, and as far away as Canada, Florida and Nevada. “We were very pleased with the initial turnout, and it gave us the confidence to continue to grow and expand this group,” she added.

With the gaining popularity of bull riding and the cost involved for equipment to ride a saddle bronc, the sport seems to be dying off. Jon Suttee, along with friend and business partner Joe Middleton, have watched what is happening to their favorite sport and decided to do something about it. The pair has started the Rocky Mountain Bronc Rider Association (RMBRA) with the goal of “Making Bronc Riding Great Again.”

“We formed the RMBRA last summer, informally,” said Heidi Suttee, Jon’s wife. “It happened when Jon was reacquainted with Joe Middleton at a rodeo in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. Joe is a long-time stock contractor and bucking horse guy who Jon knew from riding broncs and trading horses in high school. We all decided to partner up and start hosting bronc riding events together. From that point, the idea of forming an association specially dedicated to the sport of bronc riding was born, and it has grown from there.”

The first event was held on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds Equine Facility in Douglas, WY. They were pleased with the initial response. “We had over 50 contestants, and even though there were blizzard-like conditions and it was minus 30 (degrees), many spectators came to watch our event,” Heidi explained. Contestants came from all across the country, and as far away as Canada, Florida and Nevada. “We were very pleased with the initial turnout, and it gave us the confidence to continue to grow and expand this group,” she added.

With the gaining popularity of bull riding and the cost involved for equipment to ride a saddle bronc, the sport seems to be dying off. Jon Suttee, along with friend and business partner Joe Middleton, have watched what is happening to their favorite sport and decided to do something about it. The pair has started the Rocky Mountain Bronc Rider Association (RMBRA) with the goal of “Making Bronc Riding Great Again.”

“We formed the RMBRA last summer, informally,” said Heidi Suttee, Jon’s wife. “It happened when Jon was reacquainted with Joe Middleton at a rodeo in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. Joe is a long-time stock contractor and bucking horse guy who Jon knew from riding broncs and trading horses in high school. We all decided to partner up and start hosting bronc riding events together. From that point, the idea of forming an association specially dedicated to the sport of bronc riding was born, and it has grown from there.”

The first event was held on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds Equine Facility in Douglas, WY. They were pleased with the initial response. “We had over 50 contestants, and even though there were blizzard-like conditions and it was minus 30 (degrees), many spectators came to watch our event,” Heidi explained. Contestants came from all across the country, and as far away as Canada, Florida and Nevada. “We were very pleased with the initial turnout, and it gave us the confidence to continue to grow and expand this group,” she added.


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