Sainsbury rides to Badlands Circuit title
Moments before the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo was about to start Oct. 9, winning was the last thing on steer wrestler Forest Sainsbury’s mind.
The Camp Crook, S.D., cowboy was in the midst of a frantic search to find a horse to ride. He found out less than an hour before the rodeo that his horse, Honey, could not go due to a tendon injury in her left leg.
“We found out about 30 minutes before the first round that I couldn’t ride (Honey),” Sainsbury said about his 15-year-old horse. “I was scrambling around, and I ran and looked and asked Jason Reiss if I could ride his horse. He has a real good bulldogging horse (Scooter) and he said I could ride his horse. I know him (Reiss) from rodeoing with him over the years.”
Reiss was in Minot because two other cowboys were also riding his horse and he was hazing.
Although Sainsbury had never ridden Scooter before, the two gelled immediately as he won the average with a time of 16.0 seconds on four head at the State Fair Center.
“I knew he was a pretty good horse,” said Sainsbury, 27. “When you’re backed in the corner, you have to have the mindset you’re going to win first no matter what.”
Heading into the final round, Sainsbury was the last steer wrestler out and he was well aware of his task.
“I knew I just needed a good, solid run,” Sainsbury said. “I didn’t need to do anything special. I knew I needed around a 7-second run. I caught him pretty quick, and I was 4-flat on him. It worked out a lot better than I planned.”
Sainsbury tied his friend Sheldon Portwine for first place in the final round. Sainsbury left Minot with $4,933 in prize money.
That performance also powered Sainsbury to his second RAM Badlands Circuit Finals year-end championship – to go along with the one he won in 2012 while on his PRCA permit.
“This (performance) has to rank right there at the top,” Sainsbury said.
Thanks to winning the average and year-end Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Sainsbury qualified for his second RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, March 25-28 in Kissimmee, Fla.