Cowboy wearing T-Rex costume wins first “Spook and Swoop bronc riding contest |

Cowboy wearing T-Rex costume wins first “Spook and Swoop bronc riding contest

Bronc Pippert of Sidney, Mont., makes his ride on Selle Rodeo bronc, P7 Kiptyns Girl, for 72 points during the third section of the Spook and Swoop at Hansen Arena in Laramie, Wyo.
Photo by Jennifer Blanke |

Selle Rodeo Productions of Laramie, Wyo. held their first annual “Spook and Swoop” ranch bronc costume wild ride Oct. 28 at Hansen Arena in Laramie, Wyo.

The “Spook and Swoop” was the first event of Selle Rodeo Productions new winter series that will feature rough stock events every month over the next four months.

Thirty ranch bronc riders gathered at Hansen Arena to put on their greatest and most unique costumes to compete to be the winner of the Spook and Swoop. Bronc riders dressed in an array of outrageous costumes, such as a gorilla, Yosemite Sam, Woody from “Toy Story” and even Clark Kent. They all gathered by the bucking chutes, waiting for their turn to get on the bronc each of them drew.

The most notable costume of the night was New Plymouth, Idaho’s cowboy, Zalin Arritola, who decided to dress as a T-Rex. Arritola’s ride as “Donny the Dino” was videoed by several spectators in the crowd and his ride quickly went viral on social media, boasting more than four million views and still climbing. Arritola said he was surprised that his ride went viral so quickly.

“It skyrocketed overnight. I woke up the next morning and one video already had two million views,” he said.

The video can be viewed by searching for “T-Rex Cowboy at Halloween Rodeo” on YouTube.

Arritola, 20, has been riding broncs for seven years now but Spook and Swoop was his first costume bronc riding.

“I couldn’t see most of my ride,” he said, “It was actually a little scary.”

All fear aside, Arritola’s ride was just what the judges were looking for as he scored 87 points on Selle Rodeo bronc, 99 Bronc, to go and win the Spook and Swoop.

Justin Harvey from McFadden, Wyo., was second with 82 points on Selle Rodeo bronc, S11 Spur Dog. Jd Slagowski from Eden, Wyo., was third with 81 points on Selle Rodeo bronc, S61 Show Girl. Cheyenne Seymour from Rozet, Wyo., was fourth with 80 points, on Summitt Pro Rodeo bronc.

The owner of Selle Rodeo Productions, Rand Selle, had great gratitude for all those who helped him put on his first Spook and Swoop, his contestants and all those that came to support the event and the riders.

This was Selle’s second year putting together his own rodeo productions, and said he was very pleased with how things went at the Spook and Swoop and hopes he gets the same interest and support at his next event, Veteran’s Day Rough Stock Rodeo, at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Hansen Arena in Laramie, Wyo., to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country. ❖

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