92 ProRodeo Competitors Tackle The World’s Most Unique Ski Rodeo
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO – Ski Town, U.S.A® had a whole new look as nearly 100 professional cowboys and cowgirls traded their broncs and horses for skis and snowboards and the unusual obstacle course at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort. Competitors from across the United States, Canada and Australia participated in the 43rd annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill which includes a dual slalom with gates, a large jump, lassoing an individual, saddling a horse and crossing the finish line in the fastest time. After the head to head dual slalom competition, the entire field rushes to the finish line, launching the jump and holding off their fellow competitors in a winner-takes-all stampede.
Grant Denny, a bareback rider from Minden, Nev. took top honors in the dual slalom race for the second year in a row with a time of 27.75 seconds. Joel Schlegel, a bareback rider from Burns, Colo. took second place with 28.48 seconds, and Tim Bingheim a saddle bronc rider from Huntyville, Utah rounded out the top three with 39.16 seconds. Following the dual slalom competition, last year’s Stampede winner Jesse Kirby from Dodge City, Kan. once again crossed the finish line first in the chaotic event. Best Crash was awarded to Ali Mullin from Redcliff, Ala.; the Miss Rodeo Queen Canada proceeded into the splits on her skis before face planting off the jump.
43rd ANNUAL BUD LIGHT COWBOY DOWNHILL RESULTS
1. Grant Denny (#67), Mindin, Nev. 27.75
2. Joel Schlegel (#39), Burns, Colo. 28.46
3. Tim Bingheim (#64), Huntyville, Utah 31.95
4. Richmond Champion (#3), Dublin, Texas 33.98
5. Jordan Corrigan(#13), Toddville, Iowa 39.16
Stampede Winner: Jesse Kirby, (#28), Dodge City, Kan.
Best Crash: Ali Mullin, (#80), Redcliff, Ala.
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 more than 40 years ago they decided to invite a few ProRodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing and riding. 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 to 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.