Colton Miller carries on family tradition at MSCFR

Courtesy of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)

Courtesy of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)



LOVELAND, Colo. – Colton Miller’s family has a tradition of rodeo success, and he became the latest cowboy from Lance Creek, Wyo., to win big in the Mountain States Circuit.

In winning the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo title Oct. 29, the 23-year-old bronc rider followed in the footsteps of his father, Justin – who won the MSCFR saddle bronc riding title in the early 2000s, and Colton’s uncle, Jason, the 2007 steer wrestling world champion, who was the year-end circuit champ in 1999.

“It’s an honor to win both the year-end and average titles, because this is a great circuit with a lot of talented bronc riders,” Colton Miller said. “This is the biggest win of my career, and I don’t have any sponsors, so this money will help my go down the road.

“My uncle and dad put Lance Creek on the map, and I’m trying to fill their shoes.”

Miller won the first round with an 83-point ride on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Mountain Climber, and finished second in the third round en route to taking the average title with a score of 234 points on three head.

He earned a total of $5,840, and will be making his first trek to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo next April in Kissimmee, Fla.

“It’s very exciting, because that was my biggest goal this year – to do well in circuit rodeos, and then also do well at the finals,” he said. “I broke my leg in 2014 at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, and that’s continued to affect me because I haven’t had the qualifications to be in some of the bigger rodeos the last two years. This win, and going to Kissimmee, will help me in the world standings this season.”

Miller held off Andy Clarys by one point to win the average title, and in the process emerged as the Mountain States Circuit year-end champion as well.

He entered the Oct. 27-29 MSCFR first place in the standings by $1,200, but didn’t lose focus on the task at hand.

“I tried to stay focused on myself, and not care what other guys did,” Miller said. “I was only concerned about what horse I had drawn.

“With this win, I’m going to try to go a lot harder than I usually have, and get down to Texas a lot more this winter, and see how it goes from there. If I do well enough in the winter, I’ll keep going in the summer.”

Miller’s works on the family ranch in Lance Creek, where they run black angus cows. He says having a strong support system there allows him to rodeo without worrying about the work on the ranch getting done.

With a dad and uncle around who have both had rodeo success, Miller never needs to look far for advice in his career.

“I always talk to Uncle Jason about the mental aspect of rodeo, and he’s really good about helping me with that,” Miller said. “Dad just tells me good luck – he’s been my coach my whole life, and taught me how to ride broncs. He was pretty proud of me when I talked to him after the rodeo.”

Other winners at the $161,709 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek ($8,984 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider Kelly Timberman (238.5 points on three head), steer wrestler Nick Guy (14.5 seconds on three head), team ropers Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts (17.6 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Peek (28.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi (44.39 seconds on three head) and bull rider Jess Davison (85 points on one head).

Mountain States Circuit Finals

 

Loveland, Colo., Oct. 27-29

 

All-around cowboy: Josh Peek, $8,984, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Craig Wisehart, 84 points on Summit Pro Rodeo's Morning Dove, $1,797; 2. J.R. Vezain, 82, $1,348; 3. Casey Colletti, 81.5, $898; 4. Joel Schlegel, 81, $449. Second round: 1. Kelly Timberman, 79 points on D&H Cattle's 99 Problems, $1,797; 2. Orin Larsen, 77, $1,348; 3. Devan Reilly, 76.5, $898; 4. (tie) Joel Schlegel and Tyler Scales, 73, $225 each. Third round: 1. Kelly Timberman, 83.5 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Hard Times, $1,797; 2. Dylan Wahlert, 82, $1,348; 3. Craig Wisehart, 80.5, $898; 4. Devan Reilly, 80, $449. Average: 1. Kelly Timberman, 238.5 points on three head, $2,695; 2. (tie) Devan Reilly and Craig Wisehart, 236.5, $1,684 each; 4. (tie) Dylan Wahlert and Joel Schlegel, 233, $337 each. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Nick Guy, 4.3 seconds, $1,797; 2. John Franzen, 4.9, $1,348; 3. (tie) Cole McNamee and Aaron Vosler, 5.1, $674 each. Second round: 1. Seth Brockman, 4.0 seconds, $1,797; 2. (tie) Kyle Broce and John Franzen, 4.4, $1,123 each; 4. Aaron Vosler, 4.7, $449. Third round: 1. Seth Brockman, 3.8 seconds, $1,797; 2. Nick Guy, 4.4, $1,348; 3. Josh Peek, 4.9, $898; 4. (tie) Riley Krassin and Kyle Broce, 5.0, $225 each. Average: 1. Nick Guy, 14.5 seconds on three head, $2,695; 2. Kyle Broce, 15.6, $2,021; 3. Josh Peek, 19.4, $1,348; 4. Brian Snell, 19.9, $674. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. (tie) Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts and Travis Bounds/Jesse Sheffield, 5.8 seconds, $1,572 each; 3. Paul Beckett/Chad Wahlert, 6.0, $898; 4. Jay Tittel/J.W. Borrego, 6.3, $449. Second round: 1. Ty Blasingame/Josh Fillmore, 5.2 seconds, $1,797 each; 2. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 5.4, $1,348; 3. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 5.9, $898; 4. (tie) Casey Adams/Riley Pedro and Travis Bounds/Jesse Sheffield, 6.4, $225 each. Third round: 1. Jay Tittel/J.W. Borrego, 4.9 seconds, $1,797 each; 2. (tie) Casey Adams/Riley Pedro and Travis Bounds/Jesse Sheffield, 6.1, $1,123 each; 4. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 6.4, $449. Average: 1. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 17.6 seconds on three head, $2,695 each; 2. Travis Bounds/Jesse Sheffield, 18.3, $2,021; 3. Jay Tittel/J.W. Borrego, 19.7, $1,348; 4. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 20.2, $674. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Colton Miller, 83 points on Harry Vold Rodeo's Mountain Climber, $1,797; 2. Andy Clarys, 80, $1,348; 3. Blazer Hamaker, 79, $898; 4. (tie) Cody Peterson and Eric Gewecke, 71, $225 each. Second round: 1. Blazer Hamaker, 85 points on D&H Cattle's After Party, $1,797; 2. Chanse Darling, 76, $1,348; 3. Andy Clarys, 73, $898; 4. Whit Peterson, 70, $449. Third round: 1. J.W. Meiers, 84 points on Burch Rodeo's Lunatic From Hell, $1,797; 2. Colton Miller, 82, $1,348; 3. Andy Clarys, 80, $898; 4. Whit Peterson, 75, $449. Average: 1. Colton Miller, 234 points on three head, $2,695; 2. Andy Clarys, 233, $2,021; 3. Blazer Hamaker, 164 on two head, $1,348; 4. J.W. Meiers, 152.5, $674. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Josh Peek, 8.8 seconds, $1,797; 2. Darnell Johnson, 10.2, $1,348; 3. Ryan Belew, 10.8, $898; 4. Trevor Thiel, 12.5, $449. Second round: 1. Josh Peek, 8.9 seconds, $1,797; 2. Brice Ingo, 9.3, $1,348; 3. Darnell Johnson, 9.5, $898; 4. Stetson Stowe-Corman, 11.0, $449. Third round: 1. Trevor Thiel, 9.3 seconds, $1,797; 2. Dean Geesen, 9.4, $1,348; 3. Joe James, 9.8, $898; 4. Josh Peek, 10.3, $449. Average: 1. Josh Peek, 28.0 seconds on three head, $2,695; 2. Trevor Thiel, 46.3, $2,021; 3. Darnell Johnson, 19.7 on two head, $1,348; 4. Brice Ingo, 20.0, $674. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 14.85 seconds, $1,797; 2. Kelly Yates, 14.86, $1,348; 3. Kelly Kennedy-Joseph, 14.91, $898; 4. Amy Jo Farella, 14.95, $449. Second round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 14.60 seconds, $1,797; 2. (tie) Amy Jo Farella and Kathy Korell-Rach, 14.91, $1,123 each; 4. Kim Schulze, 14.97, $449. Third round: 1. CJ Vondette, 14.68 seconds, $1,797; 2. Kathy Korell-Rach, 14.79, $1,348; 3. Ivy Conrado, 14.83, $898; 4. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 14.94, $449. Average: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 44.39 seconds on three head, $2,695; 2. Kathy Korell-Rach, 44.79, $2,021; 3. Amy Jo Farella, 44.81, $1,348; 4. Kim Schulze, 45.08, $674. 

 

Bull riding: * First round: 1. Garrett Norby, 74 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Seeing Smoke, $2,471; 2. Jacob Smith, 64, $2,021; no other qualified rides. Second round: 1. Jess Davison, 85 points on Summit Pro Rodeo's Custer, $1,797; 2. Cordell Curtis, 84.5, $1,348; 3. Clayton Savage, 82.5, $898; 4. Garrett Uptain, 76, $449. * Third round: 1. Brian Larson, 77 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Bomb Pop, $4,492; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Jess Davison, 85 points on one head, $2,695; 2. Cordell Curtis, 84.5, $2,021; 3. Clayton Savage, 82.5, $1,348; 4. Brian Larson, 77, $674. *(all totals include ground money).

 

Total payoff: $161,709. Stock contractors: Burch Rodeo, The Cervi Brothers Rodeo Company, Harry Vold Rodeo, Rocky Mountain Rodeo and Summit Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Amanda Corley-Sanders. Officials: Steve Knowles, Bruce Keller and Gordie Kesler. Timers: Toby Dunlavy and `Marlo Ward. Announcers: Bob Edmonds and Hadley Barrett. Bullfighters: Garrett Kissack and Dustin Konig. Clown/barrelman: Hig Higley. Flankmen: John Franzen, Darin Boots, Jim Brown and Jesse Hill. Pickup men: Scott McClain and Chase Cervi. Photographer: Greg Westfall. Music director: Brandy Edmonds.