Colorado Springs’ long-standing tradition of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo continues as the city hosts the third annual NFR Open | Sports
Colorado Springs’ long-standing tradition of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo continues as the city hosts the third annual NFR Open | Sports

Breakaway roper Devan McAdow experienced a long-standing summer tradition in Colorado Springs for the first time on Wednesday.

She placed fourth in her group of competitors on the second night of this year’s NFR Open at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The rodeo has been part of the Springs since 1937, and 2024 will be the third year the rodeo will serve as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s NFR Open, featuring the best competitors from the 12 U.S. circuits of the National Circuit Finals Rodeo, as well as the Canadian Maple Leaf Circuit and champions from Mexico.

McAdow, who hails from a small town in Nebraska but now lives in Littleton, will not advance to the championship round Saturday night but was grateful to be able to participate in the rodeo after her lead horse was injured.

“Honestly, I feel pretty blessed. My good horse got injured and then I took my husband’s horse and we hit it off pretty quickly. That doesn’t usually happen,” she said.

“(I’ve been riding) since I was about five. I didn’t start lassoing until middle school. I fell in love with (horses).”

Astride “Louie,” McAdow skillfully lassoed a calf running in front of her in 3.1 seconds, finishing just behind the top three lasso throwers in her group.

The rodeo takes place Tuesday through Saturday and includes eight events: Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Breakaway Roping.

Seth Peterson of Wellington, Co., jumps from his horse onto a steer during the steer wrestling competition on the second night of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Peterson posted the best score of the night with a time of 3.6 seconds. Jerilee Bennett The Gazette

Each event features nine competitors per group, and competitors compete in their respective events twice a week. The top three competitors in each event in each group advance to the championship round on Saturday night. With over $1 million in prize money, winning the NFR Open is a major step toward qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December, as only the winners with the highest annual winnings participate.

The PCRA has brought the 2022 NFR Open to the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, and last month the association announced a seven-year extension to keep the prestigious rodeo in Colorado Springs for the foreseeable future.

“We are so proud to be associated with the (PRCA), No. 1, to expand our long-standing relationship with them and to carry the tradition into the future. Of course, things can only get better from here,” said PR Director Nikki Wall.

According to Wall, the rodeo has an economic impact of over $11 million.

In addition to the competitions, each rodeo session features performances, comedy sessions and a fan zone that is open even to those who do not have a ticket.

All of this contributes to a family atmosphere where competitors like McAdow feel welcome.

“We all talk about what it would be like if we had our rodeo family, and nothing is truer than that. If any of us need something, we need a horse to ride, people to go with us, people to support us, they’re just always there,” McAdow said. “We all support each other, we all root for the next guy behind us, even if it gets us thrown out.”

Results from Night 2

Bareback: 1. Weston M.Timberman, Columbus, Mont., 87.5 points for cash carry. 2. Nikke Pelke, Mondovi, Wyoming, 86 points. 3. Strawbs Jones, Clermont, Australia, 82.5 points. 4. Donny Proffit, Diamondville, Wyoming, 81.5 points.

Breakaway Roping: 1. (TIED) Jenna Dallyn, Nanton, Alberta, 3.1 seconds and Devan McAdow, Littleton, Colorado, 3.1 seconds. 3. Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 3.3 seconds. 4. Christi Braudrick, Caddo, Oklahoma, 4.0 seconds.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Seth Peterson, Wellington, Colorado, 3.6 seconds. 2. Jacob Talley, Keatchie, LA, 4.4 seconds. 3. Trisyn H Kalawaia, Hilo, Hawaii, 5.2 seconds. 4. Dalton Massey, Hermiston, Oregon, 6.9 seconds.

Team Roping: 1. Manny Egusquiza Jr., Hico, Texas / Evan Arnold, Stephenville, Texas, 6.1 seconds. 2. Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Oregon / Tyler Worley, Berryville, Arkansas, 6.5 seconds. 3. Waylon Cameron, Oxford, Pennsylvania / Scot Brown, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, 7.8 seconds. 4. Clayton Van Aken, Yoder, Wyoming / Cullen Teller, Ault, Colorado, 9.0 seconds.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Ira Dickinson, Rock Springs, Wyoming, 80 points with 94 visible injuries. 2. Tanner Butner, Daniel, Wyoming, 77.5 points. 3. Kody Rinehart, Rienzi, Mississippi, 70 points.

Tie-Down Roping: 1. Zane Kilgus, Pryor, Oklahoma, 8.2 seconds. 2. John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, 8.6 seconds. 3. Stran K Dunham, Souris, Manitoba, 9.5 seconds. 4. Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa, 11.3 seconds.

Barrel Racing: 1. Tayla Moekens, Three Forks, Montana, 16.66 seconds. 2. Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Oklahoma, 16.90 seconds. 3. Erin Wetzel, Plant City, Florida, 17.05 seconds. 4. Ronda Casey, Plymouth, Indiana, 17.06 seconds.

Bull riding: No qualified rides

Cullen Teller of Ault was the only Colorado competitor to advance from the first group of competition to the championship. He and teammate Clayton Van Aken of Yoder, Wyoming, made it to the finals in team roping.

By Everly