The Central Wyoming Rodeo was just another stop on a lot of busy schedules, a pit stop on a station-to-station journey involving near constant rodeos.
It was during the same stretch of time as the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and many cowboys jumped around to do both.
One of them, 19-year old bull rider Boudreaux Campbell, made his stop in Casper worth his time.
Campbell and every other bull rider trailed Ty Wallace after his first ride and Wallace was the favorite going into Saturday’s championship short go-round after a 91-point ride on Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Fire And Ice, but Wallace was thrown off in the short go and the door was open.
That’s when Campbell, who placed fifth in the first round, seized his opportunity with an 89.5-point ride on Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Yellow Hair.
“There’s a little bit of pressure there,” Campbell said. “But you got to learn, as a bull rider, there’s pressure there every time you’re getting on. You’ve got to learn to put it in the back of your mind and just take it one blow at a time and do your job.”
Campbell has done his job throughout the season on his way to winning Championship Bull Riding Rookie of the Year honors. He is currently ranked No. 15 in the world and has hopes of making it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
He knew during his ride on Saturday that he was going to be in good standings, but wasn’t sure just how high he would rank.
“It was a really good ride, or at least it felt like to me,” Campbell said. “The judges scored me high so I guess it was pretty good. Everything felt like it went into place and I’m glad it did.”
Campbell finished with a 175 average on two rides to win the bull riding section at the Central Wyoming Rodeo. College National Finals Rodeo champ Cole Melancon was second with a 167.5.
Unlike Campbell, bareback bronc rider David Peebles led the standings after the first go and had all of the pressure on him going into Saturday’s short go.
He won the first go with an 83 and topped it with an 85 aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Rockstar By Vitalix late on the final night to win the average with a 168.
Peebles’ second ride broke a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Former world champ Kelly Timberman from Mills, Justin Miller and Grant Denny all finished tied for second at 161.5 points.
“I knew if I did my job then it should all work out good,” Peebles said. “I just tried, to my best ability, to come out on top.”
Colton Miller, a Lance Creek native, got a welcoming round of applause when his name was announced while he was in the chutes on Saturday night.
The saddle bronc rider watched fellow Wyoming native, Hillsdale’s Brody Cress, win the first go, but seized his chance for a championship on Saturday.
“I just stayed focused on myself,” Miller said. “I wasn’t really paying attention to what other people were doing.”
Miller scored an 84.5 on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Lunatic Street in the finals to win the average with a 166.5. Cress finished third with a 161.
Finally, there was tie-down roper Scott Kormos, who won the first go and stayed on top to win the average.
Kormos started his week with a 7.6-second run and his time of 8.0 tied him with Cade Swor for the short go win and the average title. Swor was second with a 16.2.
“It feels great,” Kormos said. “Anytime you can win at this level it’s a great feeling.”
Cole McNamee and Tom Lewis tied to win the steer wrestling, the team of Nelson Wyatt and Trace Porter won team roping and Taci Bettis won the barrel racing.