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Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Finals held in Grand Junction, Colo.

Shirley Kelly
Glade Park, Colo.

Shirley Kelly

The Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Finals were held a the Fair Grounds in Grand Junction, Colo., on September the 16-18. There was great excitement for all the cowboys who rode so hard all year round to make it into the finals and go home with a few bucks in their pockets!

The entry was spectacular this year with the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard riding their mustangs. The wild mustangs were first used by the guards in 1988 and these are the last four riders remaining in the country.

There were some surprises, especially in the Bull Riding event where the crowd was rooting for Ty Wallace, top earnings cowboy from Colbran, Colo., unfortunately, he was the last to ride and was bucked off very shortly after he came out of the gate. Elijah Mora who has been chasing Ty all season was the winner with 235 points and Josh Hupp came in second with 160 points.

The Bareback riding was won again by Larry Carter. This was the second year in a row to be the Champion.

Larry lives in Nucla, Colo. He is the CPRA Year-End Champion for two years in a row and WRA Year end Champion in 2010. He travels a lot of miles to get all this done and that doesn’t count the PRCA rodeos he attends too.

Larry’s family lives in Ellsinore, Mo., where he also has two older brothers and one younger one. He got his start rodeoing at the age of eight after watching his older brothers rodeo.

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He moved to Colorado about three years ago and currently rodeos for a living and also does guided hunts for Bookcliff Outfitters.

Rodeos oldest event, Saddle Bronc riding. This is a combination of style and finesse which demands precise timing. Modern day competition evolved from the need to break or tame wild horses to be used on a ranch or for range work.

Britt Jessop All-Around Saddle Bronc Champion in 2010 and again this year, was born and raised in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. His parents Randy and Nancy and his sister Trystin and her family have been active supporters in fulfilling his dreams. Britts wife Teresa is his number one fan and enjoys traveling with Britt and competing in barrel racing.

Not forgetting the girls, Sami Sweeney won the barrel racing with a time of 16.41, with Barrie Smith coming in second with 16.44.

The lifestyle of the cowboy today has evolved from that of the men who helped tame the Wild West in the 1800s. Nevertheless, the mystique of the cowboy remains. Over 100 years later, the excitement of the competition and the spirit of the west lives on in the CPRA. And continues to intrigue the vast number of individuals who watch rodeos.

The Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Finals were held a the Fair Grounds in Grand Junction, Colo., on September the 16-18. There was great excitement for all the cowboys who rode so hard all year round to make it into the finals and go home with a few bucks in their pockets!

The entry was spectacular this year with the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard riding their mustangs. The wild mustangs were first used by the guards in 1988 and these are the last four riders remaining in the country.

There were some surprises, especially in the Bull Riding event where the crowd was rooting for Ty Wallace, top earnings cowboy from Colbran, Colo., unfortunately, he was the last to ride and was bucked off very shortly after he came out of the gate. Elijah Mora who has been chasing Ty all season was the winner with 235 points and Josh Hupp came in second with 160 points.

The Bareback riding was won again by Larry Carter. This was the second year in a row to be the Champion.

Larry lives in Nucla, Colo. He is the CPRA Year-End Champion for two years in a row and WRA Year end Champion in 2010. He travels a lot of miles to get all this done and that doesn’t count the PRCA rodeos he attends too.

Larry’s family lives in Ellsinore, Mo., where he also has two older brothers and one younger one. He got his start rodeoing at the age of eight after watching his older brothers rodeo.

He moved to Colorado about three years ago and currently rodeos for a living and also does guided hunts for Bookcliff Outfitters.

Rodeos oldest event, Saddle Bronc riding. This is a combination of style and finesse which demands precise timing. Modern day competition evolved from the need to break or tame wild horses to be used on a ranch or for range work.

Britt Jessop All-Around Saddle Bronc Champion in 2010 and again this year, was born and raised in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. His parents Randy and Nancy and his sister Trystin and her family have been active supporters in fulfilling his dreams. Britts wife Teresa is his number one fan and enjoys traveling with Britt and competing in barrel racing.

Not forgetting the girls, Sami Sweeney won the barrel racing with a time of 16.41, with Barrie Smith coming in second with 16.44.

The lifestyle of the cowboy today has evolved from that of the men who helped tame the Wild West in the 1800s. Nevertheless, the mystique of the cowboy remains. Over 100 years later, the excitement of the competition and the spirit of the west lives on in the CPRA. And continues to intrigue the vast number of individuals who watch rodeos.