SHERIDAN, Wyo. – After a two-year absence from competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough is making a strong push to return to Las Vegas. Winning the Sheridan WYO Rodeo definitely helped his cause.
The Australian cowboy registered an 88-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Tango to win the saddle bronc riding title at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.
“This is a pretty good feeling,” said Spreadborough, 33, who won in Sheridan for the first time. “My Fourth (of July) didn’t go so well, and I knew that Tango was good. I had some little doubts in my riding until then, and everything went great. I’m not complaining one bit.”
Spreadborough collected $4,399 for his winning ride, which should give him a much-needed jolt. He entered the weekend 13th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and his Sheridan crown should move him into the top 10.
“I knew about Tango, but I’ve never had the opportunity to ride him,” said Spreadborough, who resides in Snyder, Texas. “I had a good horse underneath me, and things just happened right. It was nice to get a big paycheck like that to keep me going.”
Spreadborough recorded his score in Sheridan on Friday, and then he had to wait and see how things unfolded Saturday.
The Tamworth, New South Wales, native will return to action Tuesday, when he will ride at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho.
“My mindset is to win the gold buckle; that’s the plan, that’s why we do this,” said Spreadborough, who finished a career-best 14th in 2011. “I’m just going to keep things going the way they are.”
Other winners at the $255,950 rodeo were bareback rider Will Lowe (90 points on Sankey Rodeo’s 9 Moons), steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge (10.9 seconds on two head), team ropers Chad Masters and Clay Cooper, and Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves (9.7 seconds on two head each), tie-down roper Scott Kormos (17.7 seconds on two head), steer roper J.B. Whatley (55.1 seconds on four head), barrel racer Shelley Morgan (16.85 seconds) and bull rider Trey Benton III (89 points on Robinson Pro Rodeo’s No. 139).
Courtesy of PRCA