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Kolbaba’s Bid for Rookie Award Off to Great Start

FORT WORTH, Texas – Teenager Derek Kolbaba has gotten his bid for the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award off to the best possible start.

At the final performance of Bulls’ Night Out at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Jan. 20, Kolbaba rode Smith, Harper and Morgan Rodeo’s Ironman for 83.5 points. That was a good ride, but on a night when nine of 40 cowboys earned scores of 82 points or better, Kolbaba knew his only chance of getting a big check was to ride his bull in the short round when the top 10 scorers from the first round had a second chance to compete.

Kolbaba scored 86.5 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Rondo for the highest score in Wednesday’s short round. That gave him 169 total points which put him second overall. That second ride earned him a total of $6,213.

“I was lucky to draw two bulls that kinda fit me,” said Kolbaba, 19, a second-generation bull rider whose father competed in the 1990s.

But Kolbaba wasn’t the biggest bull riding winner at this PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour event. That honor went to 2006 Xtreme Bulls Champion Zeb Lanham of Sweet, Idaho who totaled 173 points Tuesday night. Lanham’s total winnings were $9,258.

Other big winners were Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., who earned $5,108 and John Young of Orient, Iowa, with $4,680. Corey Atwell of Moravian Falls, N.C., had the highest-marked ride of the event, scoring 88 points to win the long round and a total of $4,670.

Ladies’ Steer Riding was a new event at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo this year. Eight women competed Wednesday night with three of them making qualified six-second rides. Jordan Halvorsen of Clayton, N.C., scored 75 points for first place and $1,000. Amber Toledo of Goodwell, Okla., scored 74 and Arizona cowgirl Karli Livingston rode her second bull in a row, scoring 67 points Wednesday after having the only qualified ride Tuesday.

The World’s Original Indoor Rodeo takes to the arena at Will Rogers Coliseum beginning Friday, January 22, and continues for 29 performances over 16 days.

Courtesy of PRCA