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PRCA For The Record: Sheridan

by Matt Naber | Jul 10, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

Although the Sheridan rodeo has been going strong since 1931, its ProRodeo records log back to 1967 – the year it became a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo. For the first 20 years, the Sheridan rodeo was known as the Bots Sots Stampede, a phrase that means “very good” in the Crow tribe’s language and intended to stir up memories of a series of rodeos in 1914-16 called the Sheridan Stampede. 

A milestone event occurred at the Sheridan rodeo in 1951 when Crow Indian Lucy Yellow Mule was elected rodeo queen by popular applause. That moment led to two national human relations awards for the rodeo as well as the formation of the annual All-American Indian Days. 

Many of Sheridan’s past champions were among the original petitioners to help form the Cowboys’ Turtle Association at Boston Garden in 1936, such as:

• Dick Truitt – All-around 1931, 1932; steer roping 1931, 1933; steer wrestling 1932, 1933 and 1938; tie-down roping 1937
Everett Bowman – steer wrestling 1935
• Ralph Bennett – team roping 1936
• Hub Whiteman – saddle bronc riding 1932 and steer wrestling 1937
Jake McClure – tie-down roping 1931 and 1933
Burel Mulkey – saddle bronc riding 1938

Nearly a 100 years later, all of Sheridan’s records were set in the 21st century. Saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter set the Sheridan record of 91 points in 2004 and returned the following year to match it. 

Harter is a 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2005-06, 2008-15) with $1.41 million earned since his rookie year in 2002. The Texas cowboy hasn’t slowed down. At 37, he’s ranked 10th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $59,044. 

Cowboys will have a shot at breaking Harter’s record, and the rest, while collecting valuable ProRodeo Tour points, July 10-13. 

Rodeo records

Total payout: $267,376, 2018
All-around: $12,648 Trevor Brazile, 2018
Bareback riding: 90 points, Will Lowe, 2014
Steer wrestling: 3.5 seconds, Dean Gorsuch, 2016 (7.2/2, Dean Gorsuch, 2016)
Team roping: 3.8 seconds, Cory Clark/Coleby Payne, 2017 (8.9/2, Frank Graves/Brad Culpepper, 2004)
Saddle bronc riding: 91 points, Bradley Harter, 2004; Bradley Harter, 2005
Tie-down roping: 7.2 seconds, Scott Kormos, 2013 (16.6/2, Trevor Brazile, 2018)
Barrel racing: 16.63 seconds, Terra Bynum, 2007
Steer roping: 8.7 seconds, Lawson Plemons, 2005 (44.6/4, Rocky Patterson, 2013)
Bull riding: 91 points, Mike Moore, 2006

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