Idaho bull rider Kody DeShon hangs on to his beast Sunday during the PBR Rocky Mountain Bull Bash in Steamboat Springs. DeShon made the eight seconds to win the event.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Idaho bull rider Kody DeShon hangs on to his beast Sunday during the PBR Rocky Mountain Bull Bash in Steamboat Springs. DeShon made the eight seconds to win the event.

Bulls, cowboys clash at Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Bull Bash

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— Time and time again Sunday, the bulls won, tossing the field of contestants in the PBR Rocky Mountain Bull Bash every which way.

So many cowboys hit the dirt before the required eight seconds that officials had to include riders who didn’t last that long to get 10 into the finals.

There, the day’s best cowboys took over, and the fans who packed Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at the base of Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs roared. Riders started mastering their beasts, and Kody DeShon emerged from the cloud of dust. The Idaho cowboy bested the bull Jr. Jacket, clinging to the yellow beast for as long as possible.

That turned out to be so close to eight seconds that Deshon wasn’t sure he’d qualified.

“I didn’t think it made it,” DeShon said. “I never had a good seat. I was digging and working, but right at the whistle, he got me to the outside, and I didn’t get off where I wanted to. I didn’t think it made it, but the watch said otherwise.”

DeShon greeted the news with a smile wide enough to make fans forget the rough day his fellow riders had. His 88-point ride was enough to win, besting other top rides from Zack Brown, who scored 84 twice and was fine after one of his bulls pinned him up against the fence; Matt Triplett, who erupted and tossed his helmet in the air celebrating his ride; and Jory Markiss, the Longmont rider who came the closest, scoring 87.5.

“Those last 10 bulls in that championship round, those bulls are top tier,” event announcer Matt West said. “The guys were having a hard time staying on them. Kody’s extremely talented. He’s on a roll right now.

“Mechanically, he did everything you’re supposed to do perfectly. He didn’t take any big chances. He just rode a ranked bull and did it correctly.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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