Not many eighth graders are returning from the Christmas holidays after riding a bunch of bulls and doing so in winning fashion. River Mossberg from Cheyenne, Wyoming was also a qualifier at the Junior National Finals in Las Vegas in December. Mom’s support is at the heart of River’s success along with schools put on by Jed Moore – a retired pro bull rider – now head rodeo coach at Colorado Northwestern College. Moore grew up in Cheyenne and his Champion’s Choice Rough Stock Camps have become a January staple in the University of Wyoming Teaching Arena just outside of Laramie. The rigorous three-day schools are chock full of classroom sessions, video reviews and many opportunities to ride. Rather than sitting in front of movie cartoons throughout childhood, River spent countless hours watching ‘8 Seconds’ which was a film based on the life of world champion bull rider Lane Frost from Oklahoma who died in the Cheyenne Frontier Days arena thirty years ago, this year. Mossberg showed top form on Saturday having attended Champion’s Choice camps since he was ten years old.