Mosher takes Mantle title
Steamboat Springs — Chad Mosher has won a lot in his rodeo career.
He has more than 10 saddles and hundreds of belt buckles.
But on Saturday night, he won his most special prize to date.
As the winner of the 15th annual Pat Mantle Memorial Bronc Riding title, he took home a custom Henry .44-caliber Magnum rifle and $2,000.
“This is really special,” said Mosher, who lives just outside of Colorado Springs. “This is the first rifle I’ve won. It’s been a goal I’ve tried to achieve since I’ve been doing pro rodeo. This is such a unique prize. I only know of one other rodeo that gives away a rifle.”
When Mosher arrived at the rodeo Saturday, he said he felt like this could be his year to win the Pat Mantle competition.
After he drew a horse he’d already seen twice this year – and got a late draw that saw him riding fifth out of six riders, he knew all he had to do was stay on the bronc and the title would be his.
“Once I got my draw as next-to-last to go, I wished the other guys luck and knew this could be my night,” he said.
After two of the first four riders fell off, Mosher entered the chute. His bronc jutted out, turned once and hopped forward. With his ride in the books, Mosher scored a 74 to take the overall lead. The last rider scored a 68, leaving the title to Mosher.
Mosher, who was married last month, said the prize money would be used to pay off his wedding and other bills. But Mosher said the rifle is the prize every competitor wants.
“They’re both important,” he said. “The money will help, but I’ll have this forever. That’s a lot more valuable.”
The Pat Mantle event started 15 years ago and has become a rite of passage for saddle bronc riders in the Mountain States Circuit.
Donald Broom, who was raised by Pat Mantle’s sister, Queeda Broom, said the competition always brings up good memories of Pat and the way he lived.
“Tonight means to me what Pat Mantle would want it to be,” he said. “Pat Mantle would want it to be good bronc riding. This keeps the Western atmosphere in Steamboat, and to me, this is what Steamboat was started on and what it needs to end on.”
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