Sutton Rodeo sweeps livestock awards at 2010 Badlands Circuit FInals
October 25, 2010
ONIDA, SD – Sutton Rodeo Co. of Onida, SD has made a clean sweep of the livestock awards given at the 2010 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, ND, October 7-10.
Their horse, Chuckulator, won both the Bareback and Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year awards and their bull, Devil’s Dust, won Bull of the Year, for the circuit.
Chuckulator, a six-year-old stud raised by the Suttons, is the first horse to ever win both awards. He was selected by both the bareback riders and saddle bronc riders at the Badlands Circuit to compete in Minot, a testament to his bucking ability, and Steve Sutton has high praise for him. “Usually a horse will dominate in one or the other event, and stay there all summer. But he’s one of those young superstars who is making a name for himself.”
Very few of the cowboys who got on him this summer made the eight second buzzer. The bay stocking-legged horse got his unique name from a cowboy. Bareback riders Joe Gunderson and Chuck Schmidt spent last year’s winter break from college riding broncs to prepare for winter rodeos. The horse bucked Schmidt off so frequently that the family combined the words “Chuck” and “Eliminator” for the horse’s name.
Devil’s Dust, a four-year-old bull purchased by the Suttons, has only been ridden twice in twenty attempts. The brown Brahma-cross is average sized and very athletic. “All summer long, when the crowds saw him, you could hear the oohs and aahs. He bails in the air,” Sutton said. Devil’s Dust was also selected to buck at the Badlands Circuit Finals, where he bucked off Clay Hindman and Shawn Coleman.
The Dodge Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo is held every October in Minot, ND. It is the regional championship for pro rodeos in North and South Dakota, and champion cowboys and cowgirls from the event go on to represent the Badlands Circuit at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in March, 2011. The rodeo is sponsored by Touchstone Energy Electric Cooperatives and 4-Bears Casino & Lodge.