Team WYO Lights up Vegas
Anyone who watched the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on television – just about any night from Dec. 6-15 – would have come away thinking “jeez, those cowboys from Wyoming sure are tough!” They were stepped on, hooked, rammed and tossed by very large bucking bulls and steers yet Team Wyoming came back strong and never gave up. One bull rider was hospitalized in Las Vegas for treatment of an infection before the rodeo even started. Another was stepped on numerous times during the ten-day “Super Bowl” of professional rodeo. A third bull rider sustained a broken nose and abrasions inflicted by a bull’s horn. A few rides later that same man, Seth Glause from Cheyenne, dislocated a shoulder. Glause finished the event by scoring on five of ten bulls. Only one of rider was that successful at the finals and Glause finished third in the world standings earning more than $192,000 in 2012.
Collectively, the Wyoming contestants brought back to Wyoming nearly $360,000 in national finals rodeo earnings.
Les Shepperson from Midwest, WY was crowned national finals rodeo champ in steer wrestling winning the average – fastest total time on ten steers. Shepperson’s horse, Dillon, was named pro rodeo steer wrestling’s “Horse of the Year” for 2012.
Team Wyoming cowboys also performed admirably in front of television cameras in Vegas. Les Shepperson was subject of two live interviews for local stations broadcasting from Thomas & Mack Center property on opening morning. That same day, best friends Kanin Asay – a bull rider from Powell – and bullfighter Dusty Tuckness were interviewed for a national cable television segment on CMT (Country Music Television) to be aired in January.
Tuckness, based in Meeteetse, WY, was once again stellar in the Vegas arena protecting cowboys and taking hits for them. He’s been chosen pro rodeo’s “Bullfighter of the Year” for 2012.