Western States Ranch Rodeo Association
National Finals Rodeo
The second-annual Western States Ranch Rodeo
Association National Finals was held November 3-6, 2011 at the
Winnemucca Events Complex in Winnemucca, Nevada.
In 2011, WSRRA sanctioned 32 ranch rodeos and
more than 20 ranch-bronc riding events in nine Western States,
including California, Idaho, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The top 30
teams and individual competitors in sanctioned events competed
for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes at the National Finals.
The top 30 four-person
teams competed in two rounds of events resembling everyday ranch
work–branding, doctoring, tie-down steer roping, and trailer
loading. The top 10 teams came back on Sunday for the final
round. Champion team is the Hairpin Ranch Team with members
Jason Ward, Dillon, MT; Casey Brunson, Gooding, ID; Ike Folsom,
Dillon, MT; and Jade Stoddard, Rexburg, ID.
Along with Gist buckles they received prizes including
Carlos Macias of Buckaroo Gear.com.
r the World Champion Ranch Team chinks
The reserve champions are the Jim Ranch
team with members Gene Curtis, Daxton Jim, Dirk Jim, and Ira
Walker, all from Owyhee, Nevada.
Champion Hairpin Ranch team in the
trailer loading event.
Rodeo Top Hand award went to
Around Champion went to Derrick Huffaker from Woodruff, UT.
Derrick was on the Hickey Ranch Team, as well as competing in
the Working Ranch Horse event and the Ranch Saddle Bronc
All Around Ranch Horse is Colonels Gold
Penny ridden by Wyatt Bourdet in the Working Ranch Horse event
and on the 24/7 Livestock ranch team.
Besides the team events, the top 30
contestants from each of the sanctioned events of stock-saddle
bronc riding, women’s steer stopping and ranch-horse
competition, based on points accumulated at WSRRA-sanctioned
events throughout the year, also competed in two rounds.
The top 10 came back for the final short round on the
The WSRRA Finals hosted
the largest stock-saddle bronc riding in the West, bucking over
90 broncs from five top stock contractors.
Stock contractors were Wes Clegg, 7-C
Buckers, Tooele,Utah; Blossom Ranch, Duck Valley, Nevada; Nathan
Pudsey, Circle P Rodeo Company, Yerington, Nevada; Glen Shelley,
Shelley’s Ranch Broncs, Burns, Oregon; and Dave Hoggan,
Hoggan Rodeo Company, Dubois, Idaho.
Top Bronc of the Year is
Broken Box from Shelley’s Ranch Broncs, Burns, Oregon.
Vade Arnzen on "Broken Box"
World Champion Ranch Bronc Rider is Dalton
Jim, Owyhee, NV, and reserve champion is Wyatt Duncan. The
champion bronc rider received a vintage 30-30 rifle donated by
Cowboy Showcase in a custom-carved scabbard from Bud Shaul
Saddlery along with a Gist buckle and other prizes.
Dalton Jim on "Boots"
World Champion Ranch
Horse is CD Hen House, ridden by Brandon Buttars of Snowville,
UT, who received prizes including a Gist buckle and
Rommel Reins by Dan Fowler.
Reserve champion, Fairlea
Steady Betty, was ridden by Darrell Norcutt. World Champion
Women's Steer Stopper is Mindy Goemmer, Battle Mountain, NV and
reserve champion is Kathy Bengoa.
New this year was the WSRRA Ranch Dog
Challenge on Thursday, November 2, which featured some of the
best working dogs in the West.
Ty Openshaw's Zeke
Ranch Dog Results:
Open Class-1. Sharon Edsall and Mocha; 2. Robin Nuffer and
Ranch-Cowboy Class-1. Ty Openshaw and Zeke; 2. Ricarda
Braatz and Annie.
Overall Ranch Dog-1.Ty Openshaw and Zeke; 2. Sharon Edsall
and Mocha; 3. Robin Nuffer and Heidi; 4. Ricarda Braatz and
Dog with Heart Awards: Rosi Stoddart and Dezi; and Lisa
Bedell and Pepper.
The Buckaroo Christmas Gear and Trade Show
offered a wide selection of custom gear and western products
from more than 40 vendors. A silent auction was held to benefit
the “Papa” John Lewis Cowboy Crisis Fund.
Established in 2009, the
Western States Ranch Rodeo
Association is one of the most popular rodeo circuits for
cowboys and cowgirl of all ages, levels, and occupations to
showcase their stock horses and ranch skills. The association
currently boasts over 500 members.
The association was formed to
preserve the ranching traditions of the West, allowing the
full-time and the average day-working cowboys, working men and
women, to have an opportunity to compete in sanctioned
“There are cowboys and cowgirls out there who
don’t make their living on big ranches,” says WSRRA President
Marc Page. “They are small ranchers, day-workers, or people who
have full-time jobs in town, but still enjoy riding, roping and
being part of the ranching lifestyle.”
WSRRA sponsors include Boot Barn, Buckaroo
Country Photos by Mary Williams Hyde,
www.BuckarooGear.com, Bud Shaul Saddlery, Clark
Saddle Co., www.CowboyShowcase.com, Cowboy’s Digest, Dodge Ram
Trucks, Gist Silversmiths, Les Schwab Tires, North Valley Hat
Company, Ranch Life Photography by Victoria Boyd, Ranch World
Ads Magazine, Teague Motor Co., The Winnemucca Inn, The Cowboy
Way Magazine, Western Horseman Magazine and Working Ranch
For more information on
the event and association, visit
Marc Page, WSRRA President, 916-296-2326
P.O. Box 503
Wilton, CA 95693
Photos by Lee Raine