This past week has been a little extra special for a few contestants as returning to the arena after horrific injuries or winning an elusive title that was still on a bucket list was all put to rest once this last weekend wound down and the dust settled across the rodeo trail from coast to coast! Two cowboys in particular made their own mark in the history books in two totally different ways but the love and the following they had was all the same which all rodeo fans were waiting to see in person and make the hopes and dreams of these cowboys become reality.
Tim O’Connell Celebrates His CNFR Bareback Riding Championship
Photo Credit: Dalton Kingery
Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bareback riding qualifier Tim O’Connell made history and celebrated a long awaited elusive championship this past weekend. O’Connell who has made quite the name for himself in his young five year professional career as accomplished just about everything that he has set for himself besides winning the College National Finals Rodeo Bareback Riding Championship. That was until this past weekend where he not only took home the championship, buckle and saddle but did it in true super hero fashion by claiming an astonishing three go-round wins to claim his first CNFR Championship title with a total of 331 points for the weekend.
PRCA Team Roper Rich Skelton
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Incredible and exciting news came earlier this week that PRCA and multi-time WNFR team roper Rich Skelton was going to make his much anticipated return to the rodeo arena after recovering from a horrific automobile accident he was in just earlier this year where he had to be lifeflighted to a nearby hospital in his home state of Texas. Skelton joined forces with his teammate Nick Sartain to start right where they left off with a 9.76 second run at the Bob Feist Invitational held in Reno, NV to be well within the average and sitting in very good position to claim his first paycheck after coming back from a very serious injury. We all need to keep an eye on this team as they push hard to make yet another Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification this December in Las Vegas!
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