Bull Riding Clinic graduation held before big audience at Equine Center Sunday; Young riders did well

Hailey Miller scored a 71 on her mini-bull to win third place in today's Ready to Ride bull riding event in Riverton (Ernie Over photo)

Hailey Miller scored a 71 on her mini-bull to win third place in today’s Ready to Ride bull riding event in Riverton (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, County10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The 7th annual Ready To Ride, Rope Your Dreams Bull Riding Clinic drew a large crowd to the Central Wyoming College Equine Center Arena Sunday afternoon for the “graduation” of the three-day event. The graduates rode, some for the first time ever, a steer, a mini-bull or a bull during the culminating event of this popular program.

Not to be outdone by her male counterparts, Hailey Miller scored a 71 on only her second ride on a mini-bull ever, placing third in that event, just two points behind winner Derrick Grant and one point behind Dillon Grant.

Bull fighter Brandon had his hand on the horn of a charging bull during Sunday's graduation rodeo at the CWC Equine Center in Riverton. (Ernie Over photo)

Bull fighter Brandon had his hand on the horn of a charging bull during Sunday’s graduation rodeo at the CWC Equine Center in Riverton. (Ernie Over photo)

There were 40 participants in the three day-long clinic, held annually by Riverton Police Department School Resource Officer Cody Myers. The program started seven years ago with only six participants from the local community, but today had participants from as far as Glendo and Jackson, stock contractors from as far as Jay Em and spectators from surrounding states as parents and grandparents made the drive to see their kids and grandkids Cowboy Up.

T. J. Lemley showed good form coming out of the chute on his junior steer at today's event. (Ernie Over photo)

T. J. Lemley showed good form coming out of the chute on his junior steer at today’s event. (Ernie Over photo)

Three bullfighters assisted in the arena, along with a score of others managing the young cowboys and cowgirls, the livestock, and taking care of the judging.

A banquet was scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday to award the buckles and other awards earned by the participants.

There was some excitement too as the bull named China Boy did not want to leave the arena in favor of chasing bull fighters Kyle (foreground) and Tyler up on the fence. (Ernie Over photo)

There was some excitement too as the bull named China Boy did not want to leave the arena in favor of chasing bull fighters Kyle (foreground) and Tyler up on the fence. (Ernie Over photo)

 

Five-year-old Cooper Hartung, who's family was a stock contractor for the event today, had the honor of being the flag bearer. Here Cody Myers chats with Cooper before he marched into the arena during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. (Ernie Over photo)

Five-year-old Cooper Hartung, who’s family was a stock contractor for the event today, had the honor of being the flag bearer. Here Cody Myers chats with Cooper before he marched into the arena during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. (Ernie Over photo)

One of the steer riders today who shared the same fate as the others was Tristen Lewton, who managed to hang on for a couple of seconds before his blurry ride ended. (Ernie Over photo)

One of the steer riders today who shared the same fate as the others was Tristen Lewton, who managed to hang on for a couple of seconds before his blurry ride ended. (Ernie Over photo)

 

 

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