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Elshere claims bull riding crown in Rapid City

Cole Elshere

RAPID CITY, S.D.- Over the entirety of his career, Cole Elshere has found himself in the spotlight more often than not. Having qualified for three Wrangler National Finals Rodeos since 2010, the 28-year-old is well-versed in what it takes to win.

He cooked up the same recipe at Rodeo Rapid City (S.D.), and he did so in an event that hasn't been his strongest. 

Having added bull riding to his all-around game, Elshere rode out of the Rapid City chutes in his one and only go-round for a score of 88 points. The Faith, S.D., native has earned plenty of accolades as a saddle bronc rider, but he believes this win and a first-place check of $4,456 prove his skills on the back of a bull haven’t deteriorated. 

“To win one of our bigger circuit rodeos in the bull riding is a huge deal for me,” Elshere said. “It’s going to set me up good for this season.”

After his days at Gillette College, Elshere set bull riding aside. However, the bull riding bug bit him once again. 

“I stopped riding bulls for five years after college,” Elshere said. “Just the last couple of years I picked it back up. I’ve kind of been dealing with some injuries so I haven’t had a strong season yet, but I’m hoping this will be the year.”

After analyzing his ride against New Frontier Rodeo's Watermelon Crush, the South Dakota cowboy said that the bull’s assortment of moves fit well in his comfort zone. 

“He was a pretty hot bull,” Elshere said. “You could tell that he was really going to buck that day. He was really amped up. He felt kind of like a bull that I’d been on before, so when I got out there I knew what to do and I was able to stay on him.

“I feel pretty confident. I’m excited to see where the season is going to go in that event.”

Elshere learned of his win on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, he was readying himself for weekly church service. As for the Super Bowl later Sunday? Elshere made his own prediction.

“It’s hard to beat the Patriots,” he said. 

Other winners at the $156,538 rodeo were all-around cowboy Eli Lord ($1,563, steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Tyler Nelson (85.5 points on Burch Rodeo's Bubble Bath), steer wrestler Chason Floyd (3.7 seconds), team ropers Steven Duby/Evan Arnold (5.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Ty Manke (86 points on Sutton Rodeos' South Point), tie-down roper Tyler Milligan (8.5 seconds), and barrel racer Bobbi Grann (12.78 seconds). 

For more coverage of Rodeo Rapid City, check out the Feb. 9 digital edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

 
 
 
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