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Weekend schedule proves friendly to Casper

After two rides in two days that would hold up for second place at their respective rodeos, bareback rider Bo Casper drove to Claremore, OK not knowing exactly what he was in for.

Casper had drawn Western Trails Rodeo’s Smokers Moment, a horse whom nobody had a book on – not even Western Trails Rodeo.

“The contractors had just bought him, but they bought him without seeing him,” Casper said. “I didn’t know if I was just getting on one to be getting on one, or if I had a chance. But, it was only two hours from the house, so I figured I’d go try him.”



As it turned out, Casper made the right choice. The Fort Scott, KS cowboy handled a tough ride to earn 83 points and first place at the Will Rogers Stampede, wrapping up a weekend that brought him $2,447 and a ton of confidence.

“I nodded for a bucker, because if you got your mind set for a bucking rascal, you can always rip up a hopper,” Casper said of his mystery matchup. “Sure enough, he came out and hit me in the back, and I thought, ‘Man, he’s kind of mean.’ I set back and bowed my chest out, ready to take the fight to him, and he turned back and started not really spinning, but making really tight circles right around in front of the bucking chutes. He was kicking and kind of whipping me around. I had to bear down, but we just let him roll and gave the glory to the Lord, and it worked out well.”



The weekend was particularly satisfying for Casper because he had the chance to bring his wife, Katie, and daughters, 4-year-old Mesa and 11-month-old Kodi, to see him compete in Claremore and in Tonganoxie, KS, where he started his run. (He also finished second at Braham, MN.)

“My goal was to win one and place at the others; I wasn’t thinking that high on the totem pole, but it worked out,” Casper said. “I got to bring the family with, too, so maybe they’re my good-luck charm.”

After two rides in two days that would hold up for second place at their respective rodeos, bareback rider Bo Casper drove to Claremore, OK not knowing exactly what he was in for.

Casper had drawn Western Trails Rodeo’s Smokers Moment, a horse whom nobody had a book on – not even Western Trails Rodeo.

“The contractors had just bought him, but they bought him without seeing him,” Casper said. “I didn’t know if I was just getting on one to be getting on one, or if I had a chance. But, it was only two hours from the house, so I figured I’d go try him.”

As it turned out, Casper made the right choice. The Fort Scott, KS cowboy handled a tough ride to earn 83 points and first place at the Will Rogers Stampede, wrapping up a weekend that brought him $2,447 and a ton of confidence.

“I nodded for a bucker, because if you got your mind set for a bucking rascal, you can always rip up a hopper,” Casper said of his mystery matchup. “Sure enough, he came out and hit me in the back, and I thought, ‘Man, he’s kind of mean.’ I set back and bowed my chest out, ready to take the fight to him, and he turned back and started not really spinning, but making really tight circles right around in front of the bucking chutes. He was kicking and kind of whipping me around. I had to bear down, but we just let him roll and gave the glory to the Lord, and it worked out well.”

The weekend was particularly satisfying for Casper because he had the chance to bring his wife, Katie, and daughters, 4-year-old Mesa and 11-month-old Kodi, to see him compete in Claremore and in Tonganoxie, KS, where he started his run. (He also finished second at Braham, MN.)

“My goal was to win one and place at the others; I wasn’t thinking that high on the totem pole, but it worked out,” Casper said. “I got to bring the family with, too, so maybe they’re my good-luck charm.”


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