Bull riding action underway at National Western Stock Show

By Susan Kanode

For the National Western Stock Show Rodeo


            DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 11, 2016) --- A 19-year-old from New Plymouth, Idaho, stole the show at the first performance of the Denver Chute-Out at the National Western Stock Show on Monday night.

            Roscoe Jarboe rode a bull named Smoke Wagon owned by Shad Smith/Cervi for 87.5 points to take the lead in the first round of the bull riding which is part of the Professional Bull Rider’s Blue DEF Tour. The event features 90 bull riders competing over three nights for a purse that is in excess of $80,000.

Roscoe Jarboe

            The riders were split into two groups with 45 competing on Monday night. Tuesday night will see 45 more attempting to make an eight-second ride. Then the top 30 from the first round will advance to a semi-final round on Wednesday night. Scores will be added together where the top 15 advance to the final round also held Wednesday, Jan. 13th. At the conclusion of that performance the Denver Chute-Out Champion will be crowned based on his total score on three bulls.

            Two bull riders that will not have the opportunity to advance to Wednesday night’s semi-finals are Cody Campbell from Summerville, Ore., and Neil Holmes from Houston, Texas. The Justin Sportsmedicine Team took both men out of the arena on a backboard. Holmes was slammed into the bucking chutes when he came off early and was knocked unconscious. Campbell also came off early and had a similar result and to add insult to injury, the bull stepped on him. Both men were evaluated by medical staff onsite and are expected to make full recoveries.

            The second performance of the Denver Chute-Out begins Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.