CNFR qualifer wins on 4x WNFR bronc at Cherokee, Iowa

CNFR qualifer wins on 4x WNFR bronc at Cherokee, Iowa

Red Horse Crossin, the 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year, took cowboy Nick Shenold from Weatherfod, Okla. to the pay window. The 22-year-old made enough money to fill his Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) permit in Cherokee, Iowa on June 3, 2017. He also received a custom made trophy buckle to commemorate the occasion, experienced cowboy hospitality at its best and redefined June 3.

"Sure makes me feel like I'm doing something right," replied Shenold when asked about winning on a 4x Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) selected Red Horse Crossin'.

Westin Barnes, third generation Barnes PRCA Rodeo stock contractor and flank man said, "you sure got the pick of the litter." Shenold remembers just agreeing with Barnes as he climbed into the chutes.

Exactly one year to the date Shenold had broken his shoulder rodeoing on June 3, 2016. This year when Cherokee Rodeo Chairman Val Cedar presented him with a buckle following his winning ride it redefined the date in his mind.

While mentally preparing behind the bucking chutes Shenold was informed he could score 88 points on his draw. "It was a situation I had never faced before...being told I was going to win by a journalist," replied Shenold.

Shenold had seen Red Horse Crossin' buck at the WNFR from television footage. He knew the caliber of his draw and two fellow saddle bronc riders reminded him of it too. Red Horse Crossin' has thrown off both DeMoss brothers Cody and Heith in recent years at the WNFR. In April at the RAM National Circuit Finals she threw off Chuck Schmidt in the final round.

"After looking at the stock stats on prorodeo I called my friend Roper Kisner. I told him I drew Red Horse Crossin' and he said you should be a lot more excited, that is a great horse. Roper said when he'd got on her, he'd given her X and 2 on the rein," replied Shenold.

Shenold then placed a second phone call to Curtis Garton. "I told him I'd seen where he did great on her (Barnes PRCA Rodeo in Perry, Georgia) and I asked if he could tell me about the horse," continued Shenold.

Garton who recently tied the arena record on Red Horse Crossin' with his own 88 point ride back in February said, "that it is a very good horse and I had a lot of fun."

His advice matched what Kisner said - take X and 2 on the rein. Reflecting where Shenold should place his hand on the bronc rein.

Eight seconds later Shenold received tremendous applause from the crowd when his score was announced. The manufacturing engineering major now heads to the College National Finals Rodeo representing the Central Plains region in saddle bronc representing Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

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Gretchen Kirchmann
Kirchmann Media Group

Photo caption: Nick Shenold on Red Horse Crossin during the 3rd Perf of the Cherokee Rodeo by Kirchmann Media Group.

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