The stock contractor told Zach Hutchison he could earn some money on Sattelite.
In the end, the College of Southern Idaho bareback rider may just take home top dollar.
Hutchison rode the Harry Vold bucking horse to the tune of 82.5 points, the highest ride thus far in the College National Finals Rodeo, during Monday's slack portion of the competition.
"They said he was a pretty good horse and I'd maybe place on him in the round," Hutchison said. "They didn't know he was going to be that good."
The two-event cowboy needed a pick-me-up after scoring just 66.5 points on his first-round bareback ride.
His second-round score was enough to move him into third place in the average race halfway through the second round.
"My first [bronc] was real rank and hard to get by, but this one was just nice and didn't jerk on me or anything," Hutchison said. "She was good to spur and make you look good.
"It eases my conscience a little bit, and makes me feel a little bit better about the week. I'm up again [tonight]. It'll be nice to just sit back, relax and watch and see how it all plays out."
Central Wyoming College bareback rider Ty Breuer is dominating the average race at this point, though half the field will make its second ride today.
Breuer followed up an 80.5 score and a share of the first-round lead with 78.5 points on a re-ride.
"I'm just having fun," Breuer said. "The first one just laid down and I thought that one was going to be a good one. I really didn't know much about the second horse until he ran in. But I got on that horse as a re-ride here last year as well. She was good last year, but she was better this year."
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
Chancy Miller isn't letting his short stature get in the way.
At 5-foot-3, he knows he's at a disadvantage from the time he slides into the saddle and nods his head.
It didn't appear he was behind the eight-ball on Monday, surviving an early strong move from Mosbrucker's War Chick to post 78.5 points during the second round of saddle bronc riding.
"It's a challenge for me, I'll admit," Miller said. "Some of them longer-legged guys can get around the corner of the shoulder and get ahold better and it's easier to mark them out. It's been a challenge for me ever since I started.
"I pretty much had to scratch and jump out of my saddle to stay with her [on Monday]."
Miller is sitting third in the second round with the other half of the cowboys slated to take their rides today. Texas A&M's Jacobs Crawley leads it with a 79.5.
Tarleton State's Isaac Diaz leads the average with 157.5 points on two.
Riding one out of two bulls will always be considered at least a mild success.
For Justin Thomas, going 1-for-2 to start the CNFR has been a thrill.
The Laramie County Community College bull rider will have a chance to make his second consecutive short go-round appearance despite riding opposite-handed.
"I broke my riding hand last Sunday … but I made it this far so I wanted to come and try my best," Thomas said. "[Sunday] I got on the first bull I've ever been on left-handed and this was the second.
"It worked out. I couldn't ask for much better."
Thomas' 82.5-point spin on Twister has him sitting third in the ongoing second round.
Tarleton State's Harve Stewart is the only cowboy to cover two bulls with 160.5 points.
Four others will try to cover their second bulls today.
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