A pair of Grantsville bareback riders are at the top of the money list in the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association.
Ethan McNeill has won $1,492 and Dillon Rydalch $998.40 so far at RMPRA events with the rodeo season heating up for the Fourth of July weekend.
Rydalch will compete tonight at the Tooele Bit and Spur Rodeo while McNeill may miss out on the local rodeo with his commitments with the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s Wilderness Circuit.
McNeill is second in bareback riding on the Wilderness Circuit with earnings of $2,355.43.
Rydalch is behind slightly because he missed the four-rodeo winter series in Ogden this year.
“I had a pretty major knee injury about 18 months ago, and I wasn’t able to compete at those rodeos. I’m feeling like an old man, but I want to get going again. Everything has been going pretty well lately, though,” Rydalch said.
The Grantsville bareback rider won big last weekend with a first-place finish at the Riverton Rodeo and a third-place finish at the Hyrum Rodeo.
Rydalch won a state title in steer wrestling and qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo twice.
He will also compete in team roping at the Bit and Spur Rodeo with his brother Dalton.
McNeill cleaned up at the winter series at Ogden this year, but then moved on Wilderness Circuit rodeos.
Last weekend he was back in action and won $216 at the Hyrum Rodeo.
Braydin Evans, who just won the breakaway championship at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo, will compete in team roping at the Bit and Spur Rodeo with his cousin Brody Jones.
An estimated 400 cowboys and cowgirls will compete in eight traditional rodeo events at the Bit and Spur Rodeo.
Slack was held this morning with the main performances tonight and Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Deseret Peak Complex.
Mutton bustin’ will be held both nights at 6:30 p.m. tonight, and again during intermissions.
“We’ve had mutton bustin’ at every rodeo I can remember, and its popularity continues to climb,” said rodeo chairman Jim Harrell. “It’s a crowd favorite and provides a way to introduce young children to the adult rodeo “rough stock” riding events.”
Once again, the rough stock contractor and rodeo producer is the Broken Heart Rodeo Company, of West Point, Utah. The company will provide more than 80 bucking horses and 100 head of bulls. For more 21 years, the Broken Heart Rodeo Company has been providing livestock to rodeos all over the State of Utah and Nevada and also for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.