Nearly 90 ProRodeo Cowboys & Cowgirls Competed In World’s Most Unique Ski Rodeo
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-January 21, 2013-Riding took on a whole new meaning for nearly 90 professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from around the United States, Canada, France and Australia as they participated in the 39th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Resort. The daredevils traded in their bulls and broncs for skis and snowboards in the legendary race series at the base of Mt. Werner.
Blake Knowles (Bib #60), a Steer Wrestler from Heppner, OR, took first place in the Dual Slalom event after smoothly navigating the course and completing the finish line tasks in a time of 22.17 seconds. Cort Scheer (Bib #47), a Saddle Bronc rider from Elsmere, NE, took second place with a time of 25.86. Lee Lantz (Bib #28), a Bare back rider from Malalla, OR, finished third just behind Scheer with a time of 26.25 seconds.
39th ANNUAL BUD LIGHT COWBOY DOWNHILL RESULTS
1. Blake Knowles (#60), Heppner, OR 22.17 6. Marc Gill (#39), Laramie, WY 28.20
2. Cort Scheer (#47), Elsmere, NE 25.86 7. Kyle Weides (#57), Laramie, WY 29.07
3. Lee Lantz ((#28), Molalla, OR 26.25 8. Jake Griffin (#9), Powell, WY 29.51
4. Wes Burns (#10), Clayton, NM 26.57 9. Tyrel Nelson (#1), Cheyenne, WY 29.97
5. Evan Jayne (#31), Marseille, France 28.07 10. George Gillespie (#80), Placerpill, CA 30.38
Stampede Winner: Evan Jayne, (#31), Marseille, France
Best Crash: Richmond Champion (#11), The Woodlands, TX
The event began with the dual slalom where side by side courses tested the 86 racers’ speed, agility and rodeo skills. Competitors had to race down the gates, survive the large jump in the middle, lasso an individual, saddle a horse and cross the finish line in the fastest time. Just surviving the course was tough enough as many cowboys were bucked from their equipment on the jump or had to deal with less than cooperative obstacles near the finish line. Everyone finished in one piece and with smiles on their face.
The highlight and fan favorite event of the 39th Bud Light Cowboy Downhill was the Stampede event. With the course cleared and only the jump to master, it was every cowboy for themselves as all the racers stormed down the mountain in the winner-takes-all race. Evan Jayne (#31) earned the designation as the fastest cowboy in the west by taking first place in the chaotic Stampede event. Not to be out done, Richmond Champion (Bib #11), a Bare Back rider from The Woodlands, Texas, was honored as the best wreck of the day on the slalom course when he crashed into a slalom gate, untangled himself and finished the course, missing just a few pieces of equipment.
The Cowboy Downhill was the brainchild of Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, when 39 years ago they decided to invite a few ProRodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing and riding. Nearly four decades later, the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill has become one of the most popular and unique ski rodeos in North America featuring cowboys from ProRodeo World Champions and first-timers on skis and snowboards.
The Bud Light Cowboy Downhill is always scheduled in January to coincide with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. Participants must be entered at the Stock Show and be a member of the ProRodeo Cowboys Association or the Professional Bull Riders to compete in the event.
NOTE: Steamboat will be offering photos of today’s 39th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill via the Associated Press as well as edited b-roll tape of the event via ftp for media outlets. Photos and video for editorial purposes may also be requested directly from the resort.