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Colorado favorite takes home the Professional Bull Rider title

Bert Entwistle
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bert EntwistleKody Lostroh marks an 88 in his first ride.

Colorado native Kody Lostroh claimed the buckle and the money in the PBR’s Denver Chute-Out event held January 11-13 at the 104th National Western Stock Show. Lostroh, the reigning PBR World Champion, scored 88 points, 81 points and 91 points respectively on his three bulls.

On Tuesday, Lostroh rode a bull, owned by Jeff Robinson, called Relentless Warrior. On Wednesday, he covered his second round bull, Black Smoke, owned by Local stock contractor Ty Rinaldo from Larkspur, Colo. Rinaldo also provided the short-go bull, Tower, that carried Lostroh to the 91 point ride and nailed down the average for the win.

In Monday’s round, Rubin Yutzy, out of Dundee, Ohio, covered the D&H bull, Rock Face, for 90 points and in a twist all too common to the PBR, landed bad and fractured his C-6 vertebra. Tuesday, he was there but had to settle for watching from the sidelines. The first round check for $4,257 may have helped soften his disappointment a bit. As a brand new member of the PBR, he will certainly be one of the cowboys to watch in the future.

The Denver event features 90 different riders in two rounds. The top 35 riders return Wednesday for one long round and the top 15 scores return for a short-go to determine the average winner. Along with Yutzy, another young rider, Stormy Wing, out of Dalhart, Texas, showed his stuff by winning the second round with an 89 on Chad Berger’s bull called The Breeze. This year’s Chute-Out win was good for a check for $16,391 in Lostrohs bank account.

After last year’s world finals were done, Lostroh needed to have his elbow repaired before he returned to competition. When asked if the injuries ever get him frustrated, he says it’s just part of the deal. “That’s just part of the game, every guy that’s ever got on a bull knows about the danger part of it. You just have to ride through it,” says Lostroh. “That’s one of the prerequisites if you want to be a bull rider.” He says that he now considers himself at 100 percent physically after his surgery and rehab.

Lostroh calls Colorado his home and winning in Denver is a thrill for him. “I live in LaSalle (Colorado). I grew up watching bullriding and thought I’d give it a shot. At seven, I got on a steer, fell off, and loved it and just kept doing it.”

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His traveling partner, is fellow Colorado rider, Josh Koshel, and they have been riding together “since we were little guys,” says Lostroh with a chuckle.

As for the Denver show, it means a lot to him to ride and win here. “It means a lot to me, I’ve come close to winning this bullriding a bunch of times and to finally get it done – it was a really great bullriding.”

For all his early success, Lostroh still struggles with the celebrity part of the deal, he modestly defers from being called a “Star.”

“I don’t really like it that much,” he says. “I’d rather just come in and do my deal. It’s nice to win, and accomplish goals but as far as the ‘Star’ part of it I’m not really too hot on that part.”

However, with wins as impressive as this one, it looks like Lostroh won’t be losing his “Star” status anytime soon.

Colorado native Kody Lostroh claimed the buckle and the money in the PBR’s Denver Chute-Out event held January 11-13 at the 104th National Western Stock Show. Lostroh, the reigning PBR World Champion, scored 88 points, 81 points and 91 points respectively on his three bulls.

On Tuesday, Lostroh rode a bull, owned by Jeff Robinson, called Relentless Warrior. On Wednesday, he covered his second round bull, Black Smoke, owned by Local stock contractor Ty Rinaldo from Larkspur, Colo. Rinaldo also provided the short-go bull, Tower, that carried Lostroh to the 91 point ride and nailed down the average for the win.

In Monday’s round, Rubin Yutzy, out of Dundee, Ohio, covered the D&H bull, Rock Face, for 90 points and in a twist all too common to the PBR, landed bad and fractured his C-6 vertebra. Tuesday, he was there but had to settle for watching from the sidelines. The first round check for $4,257 may have helped soften his disappointment a bit. As a brand new member of the PBR, he will certainly be one of the cowboys to watch in the future.

The Denver event features 90 different riders in two rounds. The top 35 riders return Wednesday for one long round and the top 15 scores return for a short-go to determine the average winner. Along with Yutzy, another young rider, Stormy Wing, out of Dalhart, Texas, showed his stuff by winning the second round with an 89 on Chad Berger’s bull called The Breeze. This year’s Chute-Out win was good for a check for $16,391 in Lostrohs bank account.

After last year’s world finals were done, Lostroh needed to have his elbow repaired before he returned to competition. When asked if the injuries ever get him frustrated, he says it’s just part of the deal. “That’s just part of the game, every guy that’s ever got on a bull knows about the danger part of it. You just have to ride through it,” says Lostroh. “That’s one of the prerequisites if you want to be a bull rider.” He says that he now considers himself at 100 percent physically after his surgery and rehab.

Lostroh calls Colorado his home and winning in Denver is a thrill for him. “I live in LaSalle (Colorado). I grew up watching bullriding and thought I’d give it a shot. At seven, I got on a steer, fell off, and loved it and just kept doing it.”

His traveling partner, is fellow Colorado rider, Josh Koshel, and they have been riding together “since we were little guys,” says Lostroh with a chuckle.

As for the Denver show, it means a lot to him to ride and win here. “It means a lot to me, I’ve come close to winning this bullriding a bunch of times and to finally get it done – it was a really great bullriding.”

For all his early success, Lostroh still struggles with the celebrity part of the deal, he modestly defers from being called a “Star.”

“I don’t really like it that much,” he says. “I’d rather just come in and do my deal. It’s nice to win, and accomplish goals but as far as the ‘Star’ part of it I’m not really too hot on that part.”

However, with wins as impressive as this one, it looks like Lostroh won’t be losing his “Star” status anytime soon.