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Rookie Bull Rider Impresses Fans at Cheyenne

by Justin Shaw | Jul 25, 2016
By Susan Kanode

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – July 24, 2016 – A big arena, notorious bucking bulls and a legendary rodeo didn’t intimidate bull rider Roscoe Jarboe.

Jarboe is competing at his very first Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and has become the first and only man to ride two bulls, and he did it with style. The New Plymouth, Idaho, resident is currently in his rookie year of competition in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, where he is second in those standings. He is also 14th in the world standings.

He had his first bull here July 23, and is currently tied for third. He had an 80-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s Yesterday’s Wine. Then he came back July 24 with an 85 on another bull from Dakota Rodeo, Crossfire. Jarboe has a total score of 165, which nearly assures him a spot in the finals in one week. In fact, Jarboe’s total is one point less than what last year’s leader, Aaron Pass, had going into the finals. It’s all important for Jarboe to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and accomplish his goals, but a win here would be especially gratifying as he lists Cheyenne Frontier Days as being his favorite rodeo.

Orin Larsen continued to dominate the bareback riding competition. He was 87 points on July 23 and followed that up with an 82 the next day. He leads the overall standings here with 169 points on two head. Three more sets of bareback riders are still to compete at Frontier Park and will have the opportunity to better his scores, but he is also looking good to be back next Sunday.

Reigning college champion steer wrestler J.D. Struxness from Appleton, Minn., is the most consistent competitor in that event so far. He had a time of 8.9 seconds in the first performance, then came back with an 8.7 July 24. A total time of 17.6 seconds wouldn’t qualify for most finals, but here it has a good chance. Last year, any steer wrestler who had a total of 23.4 seconds or better got to nod their head a third time and hope for success. In fact, Struxness’s total time would have been fast enough to qualify for the finals in third place at last year’s rodeo.

Courtesy of PRCA