Most of the action at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series takes place in front of the roaring crowd at Brent Romick Arena, but some of the most memorable moments from the 2003 season happened a few hours after the final performance at the Ore House at Pine Grove Restaurant.
That's where the organizers of the 10-week series handed out buckles to last year's champions.
Eric Pickering stepped onto the stage at the Ore House at Pine Grove Restaurant to accept his belt buckle for winning the steer wrestling title in the Steamboat series.
"I'm going to give this one to my son," Pickering said of his newest belt buckle. "I don't go (to rodeos) that hard anymore, but this is a great series and we always try to come here if we can. It's nice to win."
Pickering said the key to winning this year's title was taking the Fourth of July rodeo and managing to place in a couple of other events over the course of the season.
Since 1992, the Parshall cowboy has made a habit of winning in Steamboat -- he now has four buckles from the rodeo series and you can bet he will be back in 2004 looking for his fifth.
"As long as I feel good I'm going to keep coming back," Pickering said. "This series is well run and it's just a lot of fun to compete."
Other top cowboys and cowgirls taking home the hand-made buckles from last year's series included Luke Lancaster of Bennett and Jason Gilchrist of Parker in team roping; Colorado Springs' Ryan Rodewald in saddle bronc; Zach Curran in bareback; Josh Koschel of Loveland in bull riding; J.G Marshall of Elizabeth in tie-down roping and Kiowa's Rannette Taylor in barrel racing.
Lancaster, the team-roping series winner, also won the award as the top all-around cowboy.
Kody May ran away with the No. 7 roping title and Casey Barnes earned the Peewee barrel racing title for the third time.
Nineteeen-year-old Britt Trumbull left last year's party with $2,000 and a commemorative Winchester Rifle after winning the Pat Mantle Memorial Saddle Bronc Riding.