by Jim Bainbridge | Aug 27, 2014
PUEBLO, Colo. – Aaron Vosler has a Bachelor of Science in history from the University of Wyoming and certification to teach the subject at the high school level. Every once in a while he doesn’t even mind making a little history as a rodeo cowboy.
Going against a field that had 18 veterans of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Vosler put on a dominating show at the Aug. 22-26 Colorado State Fair & Rodeo, winning the second round in 3.8 seconds and the two-head average in 8.2 for total money of $3,849.
“The day after I made my two runs, I had to haul some hay for my dad (in Cheyenne, Wyo.), and it was tough to get motivated knowing I had a big check coming from the rodeo,” Vosler said with a chuckle. “But a promise is a promise.”
Rodeo is almost always more fun than hauling hay or even working as a substitute teacher at three Cheyenne high schools – Central, South and Vosler’s alma mater, East, which he does each winter – so Vosler, 34, is still out there on the rodeo road, competing and laughing and making his way to 70 or so rodeos a year.
The win at the Budweiser Arena, aboard his primary bulldogging horse Flamer and with Billy Claunch hazing for him, pushed Vosler’s season earnings to a career-best $22,937 and a ranking inside the world top 50, perhaps allowing him to qualify into more of the big winter rodeos in 2015.
“That’s the plan, anyhow,” Vosler said. “It would be great to get into some of the big ones. This win helped with that and gives me a fighting chance to catch Josh Peek (for the Mountain States Circuit title) with a month to go in the season.
“I had two really good steers at Pueblo, I scored well and bulldogged well. Those things don’t fall into place like that very often. You’ve got to use ’em when you get ’em. I’ve earned more money at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, but this ranks as one of the biggest wins I’ve had in my career, especially since it came in my circuit.”
The other champions at this $137,653 rodeo were all-around cowboy Cole Dorenkamp ($1,421 in steer wrestling and team roping), bareback riders Caine Riddle (87 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Angel Face) and Kaycee Field (87 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Hypnotic), team ropers Charly Crawford and Shay Carroll (15.0 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Brady Nicholes (85 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Vanilla Valley), tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (18.4 seconds on two head), bull rider Trey Benton III (87 points on JK Rodeo’s Salty Dog) and barrel racer Rebecca Hughes (17.39 seconds).
Courtesy of PRCA