Bryant Osborne of Rifle came up the big winner Friday night in the eighth annual North Fork Challenge Bull Ride. Osborne, currently ranked fifth in state bull riding standings by the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association, walked off with $1,260 in prize money and a custom belt buckle after scoring 226 points in three rides.
Osborne won $480 after placing third in rounds 1 and 2 and claimed the $780 purse in the winner-take-all short round with a 73-point ride.
Dallas Rohring, also of Rifle, won $360 and was the only other rider to make the short round in this rodeo.
Last Thursday, Rohrig won the Collbran Pro Rodeo and is this year's state high school champion.
A total of 18 riders competed for more than $3,100 in cash prizes. Several top young riders from the area, including Clayton Dutton of Delta, Victor Sundquist, Brendon Beck and Jake Edwards of Hotchkiss, and Gunnar Chesnik and Adrian Lopez of Paonia joined cowboys from as far away as Roosevelt, Vernal, Utah, and Albuquerque, N.M., to ride bulls with names like Black Mamba, Red Widow, Double Down and Black Tang.
None of the local riders took home any cash prizes, said organizer Eddy Lang of Delta. But considering that they were up against some of the best riders in the state, they put on a good show. These young riders, some still in high school, "are stepping their way up the ranks" on their way to earning some of the prize money.
Riders will have another shot at cash and prizes on July 20 at the Rattle the Rockies Bull Ride, part of the annual Deltarado Days celebration.
This year's Rattle the Rockies Bull Ride is being moved to the Round Up Club Arena and will begin at 7:30 p.m. "We would like to see a decent crowd come out," said Lang.
Points earned at both bull rides will go toward the Lane Frost Challenge Tour Series, which will conclude with the tour championship on Aug. 24 at Moab.blog comments powered by Disqus