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Sheer in position to win Estes cash

ESTES PARK, Colo. – For Cort Scheer, there is nothing better than being on the rodeo trail.

“I’m having fun again,” said Scheer of Elsmere, Neb. “We’re back in the old traveling group again. We’re laughing, we’re golfing, we’re fishing. I give God all the glory; I got a lot closer to God this year.

“I’m really excited, and I’m having a blast.”

It showed July 9 during the fifth performance of the Rooftop Rodeo, where he rode Cervi Rodeo’s Shot Glass for 82.5 points to move into fifth place in saddle bronc riding. With one performance remaining in this year’s event, he stands a good chance to add to his season earnings in Estes Park.

“When you draw good horses like that, it’s just fun,” he said. “Half the battle is drawing good horses; the rest of it is just getting lucky and staying on.”

He’s more than lucky. Scheer is good. He’s a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier who has finished No. 2 in the world standings twice. He’s an established veteran of the game, and so is Shot Glass.

“He’s been a good horse for a long time,” he said. “I was really happy to get on him. My job was just to take care of business.”

If he remains in that same position when the rodeo concludes July 10, Scheer will add about $1,300 to his pocket. He can use every dollar possible; he is No. 25 in the July 6 world standings with $27,629, but only the top 15 in the standings in each event at the conclusion of the regular season advance to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, ProRodeo’s grand championship that takes place each December in Las Vegas.

“We’ve been going up and down the road hoping we know where we’re going and hoping the family can find us,” he said with a laugh. “

Scheer and several other cowboys took the 2016 season away from rodeo, but now he’s back with a vengeance. He realized while he was away from the game, he still had a great opportunity to hone his skills.

“Last year all I did was get on good horses everywhere I went, and it helped with my confidence,” he said. “Now I don’t have to worry about anything. It makes a guy ride good when all he gets on is good horses.”

That included June 9 in Estes Park.

“I’ve only been here maybe five times,” Scheer said. “I love this place. This is one of the prettiest places in the world. We golfed two miles north of here, and it’s one of the nicest courses I’ve ever hit.

“The committee around here bends over backwards for you. It’s great.” 

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