By Charlie Coon, Wrangler Network contributor
You can go to a lot of big rodeos over many years and be able to count on two hands the number of record-breaking times and scores witnessed in person. There were 7,400 fans on hand for the finals at Denver’s National Western Stock Show Rodeo on Sunday and they saw history made in the tie-down roping. Choosing rodeo over the Denver Broncos game going on just a couple of miles away was a worthy sacrifice thanks to the work of a 24-year-old Nebraska cowboy.
Riley Pruitt grew up in Gering not far from Wyoming’s eastern border. His dad Troy won a gold buckle calf roping in 1990 and Riley is showing signs of being able to match Troy’s ultimate accomplishment in pro rodeo.
Riley Pruitt has finished second at the first two large events of 2016 in Odessa, TX and Denver. He has risen to the #1 spot in the PRCA world standings. Pruitt won the championship round at the National Western setting a new Denver Coliseum record at 6.9 seconds. We have the call for you from announcer Boyd Polhamus and a chat with Pruitt to boot.