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Rookie Colten Fritzlan wins in Odessa

by JOLEE JORDAN | Jan 11, 2020

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Odessa, Texas – According to rookie bull rider Colten Fritzlan, the “sky’s the limit” for his 2020 rodeo campaign.

Fritzlan has plenty of reason to feel optimistic after picking up his second big ProRodeo victory in less than a month when he clinched the win at the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, with an 88-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Hard & Fast.
Odessa, which is a ProRodeo Tour rodeo, concluded Jan. 11.
Annually the first stop on ProRodeo’s major stock show winter run, Odessa offers a big payout, and Fritzlan’s share of the pie was $4,822, more than doubling his 2020 season earnings.
Already ranked 21st in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and third in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie race before Odessa, Fritzlan moved up to seventh in the world standings and second in the rookie standings after his Odessa performance.
He has several goals on his list in 2020.
“Definitely winning the (Resistol) Rookie of the Year,” said the Rifle, Colo., cowboy, who noted he’ll be traveling with 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo-qualifying bull rider Clayton Sellars this season. “I’m going to buy my Canadian card too, and I want to finish top five in the world standings.”
It’s the next step on the ladder for the cowboy who says he was “born into rodeo.” Growing up in a rodeo family four generations deep, Fritzlan started riding calves at 7 years old, graduating to his family’s roping steers.
“My mom and dad took care of me,” he said. “They bought practice bulls for me, so it was right in my backyard and I didn’t have to go anywhere to work on it.”
Fritzlan progressed through the junior and high school rodeo ranks and now competes for the rodeo team at West Texas College in Snyder, where he is a sophomore.
A welding major, Fritzlan won his region last year and competed at the College National Finals Rodeo. At the same time, he was competing on his PRCA permit and finished fourth in the year-end standings before winning the PRCA Permit Members of the Year Challenge held in Las Vegas during the Wrangler NFR in December.
“I’m feeling pretty blessed between Vegas and now Odessa,” he said. “I was sure glad to get that text tonight that I’d won.”
Fritzlan competed in Odessa on Jan. 9, riding Hard & Fast, a bull he’d seen before but never drawn.
“A buddy of mine got on him the year before and he was really good, and Clay had been on him,” Fritzlan said. “I didn’t try to set a game plan because he doesn’t really have a pattern, but I dang sure knew a guy could win big money on him.
“I was gunner in the first section, and we made it work. He came out to the right and had a little suck back to him. ... He felt awesome.”
Fritzlan hopes the momentum will carry forward as he hits major rodeos in Denver and Fort Worth later this month and San Antonio in February.
“Hopefully we’ll be rolling into San Antonio,” he said. “It’ll be my first year so I’m pretty stoked about that.”
His college rodeo spring semester gets back under way in March, so Fritzlan will be pulling double duty as he gears up for the summer.
“Hopefully I’ll get to do a lot more interviews,” he laughed.
Bareback riders Jayco Roper and Wrangler NFR cowboy Jake Brown tied for the win in Odessa with matching 88-point rides, breaking the arena record formerly held by five competitors at 87 points.
Other winners at the $243,145 rodeo were bareback riders Roper and Brown (88 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s South Suds and Beutler & Son Rodeo’s On Tap With Nutrena, respectively); steer wrestler Shayde Etherton (8.2 seconds on two head); team ropers Jr. Dees and Lane Siggins (8.8 seconds on two head); saddle bronc riders Tanner Butner and Parker Fleet (86.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Foul Motion and Beutler & Son Rodeo’s That’s A Wrap, respectively); tie-down roper Shad Mayfield (7.8 seconds); barrel racer Kassie Mowry (13.94 seconds); and steer roper Billy Good (52.5 seconds on four head). Tuf Cooper won the all-around ($2,631, tie-down roping and steer roping).

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