Monte Downare is riding in style
Regardless of what happens the rest of this season, Monte Downare will be riding in style. He and his traveling partners – brother Micky Downare and brother-in-law Tim Shirley – recently went to town and bought a new motor home. They will spend the next nine months driving it up and down the highway from one rodeo to another. This purchase was due in large part to the success he and his buddies experienced during a recent run in Texas. The trio left San Antonio alone with close to $30,000 in bareback riding earnings.
Monte joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 2001. In 2004, he won the bareback riding title at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colo., and was then crowned bareback riding champion of the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association (CPRA) in 2006. In 2009, he split second place at the Greeley Stampede Rodeo, in Greeley, Colo. Of last year, Monte said, “I injured my arm last winter and couldn’t ride much. I had a good spring, though, and that really helped.” The “good” spring, anchored by the paycheck in Greeley, turned into a decent summer and has transitioned into a real good winter for the Colorado cowboy.
Following a slow start in Odessa and Denver, Monte moved on to some important wins in Texas. As mentioned earlier, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo went very well for him. (It went well for his younger brother too. Micky won the bareback riding average title and ended with the most winnings among bareback riders). He collected checks in three of five rounds at the rodeo and narrowly missed moving on to the finals of the million dollar event. An 82-point ride on Gorgeous Connie of the Calgary Stampede sting put Downare in a three-way tie for third place in the first round of the rodeo’s bracket No. 4. Round three ended with Monte in second place following an 84 point ride aboard Vold Rodeo’s Little Linda. In the bracket No. 2 semifinal, the elder Downare went off for another second place finish and another 82 point score, this time on Martini of the Calgary Stampede.
From San Antonio, it was on to San Angelo where Monte finished third in round one and qualified for the finals held Feb. 27. He left San Angelo sixth in the average and 35th in the world standings. From San Antonio and San Angelo, it was off to Tucson and Scottsdale, Ariz., and a then back to Texas and Rodeo Houston for Downare. In between though, he was able to returned home to Hartsel, Colo., just long enough to see his wife Lacy and children, Monte (age 6), Gracy (age 4) and Kally (age 1) – and pick up the new home away from home.