Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl debuts at Romick Arena
Steamboat Springs — The main grandstands at Romick Rodeo Arena were packed with people and event organizer Trini Riley couldn’t have asked for better matchups in the short go than she got on Friday night.
Two top local cowboys going head to head with two of the Broken Arrow Rodeo Co.’s best young bulls in Steamboat’s first Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl.
For Hayden cowboy John Pinnt, who drew Skoals Panda, it was deja vu.
“This is the fourth time this year I’ve gotten on top of Panda,” Pinnt said. “He got me this time.”
Just a few seconds into the ride, the big black bull tossed the local cowboy to the ground and out of contention for winning. Maybe Panda wanted to get a little revenge for Pinnt’s showing at the Dodge National Circuit Finals the only time the Hayden cowboy has beaten the bull. Pinnt rode the bull to the title on that day.
It was the type of drama Riley was hoping for in the opening session of Steamboat’s first-ever Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl at Romick arena. The second session took place at Romick arena Saturday night, but results were not available at press time.
The event also featured a top showing from another local cowboy, Jake Booco. Booco, who will be a senior at Hayden High School next fall, recorded the top score in first go, making 74 the mark to beat in Saturday’s second session. Headed into Saturday night’s round, Pinnt was sitting in second at 72.
“I don’t know if my score will hold up or not,” Booco said after Friday’s event. “They expect to have about the same number of riders in the next session and they will have to go up against the same bulls in the short go.”
Booco was bucked off Hard Copy in the short go on Friday night.
“I felt pretty good after the first bull,” Booco said. “But it was pretty tough in the short go.”
In fact, Hard Copy and Panda made short work of both Booco and Pinnt.
“These bulls really buck,” Pinnt said.
The event featured the first session on Friday night and a second on Saturday evening. The cowboys with the top score at the end of the final event would pocket most of the cash.
Riley said she was happy with the way things had gone; however, she had hoped for a few more people on Friday night. She estimated that about 800 people attended the event but expected things to pick up for the second session at the gate as well.
Friday night’s event also featured a bareback section with three riders. Jeff Miller was the only one to ride in the short go and posted a 67 on Pay Dirt to lead the first session.
Pinnt said he was glad to see this event come to Steamboat and is happy anytime he gets to ride this close to home.
“Anytime something like this happens in your own backyard, it’s a treat,” Pinnt said of the event.
There is no doubt he will be back in Steamboat hoping to face Panda at least one more time during this summer’s Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series, which kicks off June 22.
“He (Panda) beat me around the corner this time,” Pinnt said of his ride. “I know what’s he’s going to do, but he just bucks so hard.”
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