Sul Ross bull rider wins national championship
ALPINE, Texas (KOSA) - Sul Ross State University bull rider Tristen Hutchings nabbed the 2021 College National Finals Rodeo Championship in Casper, Wyoming this past week, after winning the Southwest Region Reserve Championship to qualify.
A Blackfoot, Idaho native, he attended Snake River High School and started his rodeo career back in his middle school days. He spent a year in Odessa before arriving at Sul Ross back in 2019. It’s good news for Coach Aragon and the team that he’s still got time on campus where he’ll graduate in 2022 with a degree in Ag Business.
“It means the world to me, it’s a great starting point to the summer, and the rest of my career. Hope to continue with this success, glad to bring the title back to Alpine,” added Hutchings.
Hutchings rode 3 times up in Casper where he rode four head at the CNFR for scores of 77.5, 74.0, and 90 for a three head total of 241.5 beating out the 2nd place winner by 80 points. No other rider had three qualifying rides and only three other competitors rode twice. Although Hutchings took no score on his first ride, he won the second round with the 77.5 and won the final round with that blistering 90. That was enough to put him far, far out of reach.
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