First Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl a success

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— Jeff Miller, Bryan Costner and Lucas Hamilton walked away from Steamboat's first ever Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl as winners last weekend.

The rough stock only event drew good-sized crowds and organizer Trini Riley said she was happy with the event, which is still in its first year.

"It was a very successful event," Riley said. "We had really good riders and we were pretty happy with the size of the crowds."

The two performance events wrapped up Saturday night with the second session of bares, broncs and bull riders. The highest scores for the weekend, both Friday and Saturday night, won the money and the titles for the weekend.

It was Jeff Miller posting the highest score in the bareback event. The local cowboy scored 143 total points on Friday and earned a $570 paycheck and a watchband for his efforts.

Miller posted a ride of 76 in the first round and added a 67- point ride in the short go to win the event. He just edged second-place finisher Brian Runnion, who scored 142 points on rides of 72 and 70 in the event.

The local favorite in the saddle bronc event, Costner, topped the event with rides of 77 points in the first go and 74 points in the second go for a total of 151. He collected $975 and the watchband for his efforts. It was a good warmup for the cowboy who left this week for the College National Finals.

He was followed in Saturday's event by Davis From, who netted 142 points on 74- and 68-point rides. He was awarded $650 for the night.

The highlight of the weekend, however, had to be the bulls.

Local rider Jake Booco posted a 74-point ride on Friday night to take the lead, but Cederedge's Lucas Hamilton wasn't impressed.

Hamilton recorded a 77-point ride on Saturday to steal the show and the $1,340 paycheck for winning. He was also awarded a commemorative watchband.

Booco dropped to second place with his 75-point ride, but still collected a paycheck for $1,005.

"I wasn't really disappointed," Booco, a 16-year-old cowboy from Hayden.

"I went to another rodeo on Saturday and made a $1,000 there, so it was a pretty good weekend."

Booco isn't old enough to have a PRCA card quite yet. This week he will head to Greeley to compete in the state high school rodeo championships.

Booco will compete in bull riding, bareback and team roping in Greeley.

Hayden's John Pinnt came in third in Saturday's bull riding event with a 72-point ride and Tim Thompson was fourth with a 69-point effort. Pinnt collected a check for $670 and Thompson pocketed $335.

"Yes, we are hoping to come back again next year," Riley said. "We would like to keep the same timing."

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