41-year-old Ardie Maier of South Dakota arrived at the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede and promptly earned second place overall with an electric 82-point ride aboard a Summit Pro Rodeo Company bull named Jam Session during Sunday afternoon’s “Red, White and Blue Rodeo” in Elizabeth, CO.
That’s right. You read it correctly. 41 years old and still riding bulls. And doing it successfully! John Wayne famously said “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway,” but there is no way. I can’t even imagine getting on a bull after the age of 40. But he could. Chase your dreams, people!!!
A little 13-second reminder to never get on the back of an ornery bull. What is that famous country-western tune? “Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” Click on the link or the image to go to the video clip!
Probably not what Colorado bareback cowboy Casey Colletti did this past Saturday (April 13, 2019)…
Casey Colletti wasn’t in the lineup of competitors for the 2019 Rodeo All Star event held in Denver, CO over the weekend of April 12-13, 2019. But when one of the contestants couldn’t make it, rodeo organizers called Colletti at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday to see if he could drive up from Pueblo, CO and ride some bucking broncs against some of the best competition in the sport.
Forget chores and spring cleaning, Colletti grabbed his gear and arrived in time for the 2:30 p.m. afternoon rodeo. Not content to just show up, Colletti won the afternoon round with an 84-point ride to advance to Saturday night’s championship round where, you guessed it, he rode another bronc for 87 points to win the Saturday night round and move into a head to head match-up against three-time PRCA world champion Will Lowe for a chance at an extra $5,000.00 and the 2019 Rodeo All Star title.
“I’m just happy to be here,” said a smiling Colletti after winning the round on Saturday night and getting ready to ride against Will Lowe for the title. “Being able to go against three time world champion Will Lowe in a shoot out, head to head format. This is the kind of stuff we live for, you know what I mean?”
In the head to head round, Colletti beat his earlier scores with an 88-point ride on his third bucking bronc of the day. That’s right. Not one bucking bronc, which would send most people crawling to their chiropractor, but three bucking broncs in a single afternoon and evening. Even though his impressive 88 points in the head to head round fell short of Will Lowe’s stunning 90-point ride for the Rodeo All Star title, it is safe to say Colletti’s planned day off was a bit more productive than any of ours.
The championship round of rodeo at the 2014 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado was full of action and enthusiastic fans in the stands (a near capacity crowd of 8,279). Here is my story and some photos from the event that have been published in The Fence Post magazine.
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