Pinnt wins the 22nd Annual Bull Riders Challenge
VERNAL, Utah – This year marks the 22nd Bull Riders Challenge, featuring many talented bull riders who have trained long and hard to compete for this year’s title.
Ty Pinnt, a 21-year-old from Craig, Colorado, with a Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year award under his belt, truly showed up and showed off at this year’s Bull Riders Challenge. This event marked his first competition back after recovering from ankle surgery and rigorous physical therapy. Pinnt started the competition off with a score of 77.5 on Swamp Thing. He completed his second ride on Pour Some Sugar on Me. His short round ride on bull Rapido was given a score of 90 points and was the highest overall score given on a ride at this week’s event, landing him a total score of 251 points. Not only did Pinnt score the highest point ride, he also was the only rider to cover all thee bulls, signifying his 1st place win in 2022’s Bull Riders Challenge, earning him a total of $5,000. What a nice welcome back to bull riding for Pinnt!
On the winner’s podium, Pinnt made a point to thank God and his family for getting him where he is today. And for those beginner bull riders out there wanting to follow in these winners’ footsteps, he had some motivating words of advice to pass along; “Stick to your dreams. Follow your dreams. There’s gonna be ups and downs in the sport but keep pursuing it and see what happens”.
Cody Rouse (Emmett, Idaho) rounded out second place with 158.5 points on two head, earning a total of $3,000. Rouse is a returning rider to the Bull Riders Challenge and has found himself in the top 10 twice over the last few years. Rouse was ecstatic to be a part of the top 3 this year. He said, “Do what you love to do because if you’re doing something you don’t like, you’re going to be miserable”. He shows us how much he loves what he does in every one of his rides.
Payton Nelson (Smithfield, Utah) came in third with 83 points, earning himself a total of $2,000. Nelson is also a returning rider to the Bull Riders Challenge, and has found himself in the top 3 for his third year in a row, 2020 being the year he won 1st place. He has earned almost $13,000 in total winnings at the BRC over the past 6 years. Payton said, “You’re gonna win some and you’re gonna lose some. Keep at it no matter what. There’s always gonna be more bulls to get on”. He believes that a positive attitude and loving what you do is the best way to reach success, and as you can tell, this outlook on bull riding has gotten him far at the Bull Riders Challenge.
We are so grateful to have been able to host such an exciting event with respectful, hardworking bull riders. We wish these three cowboys as well as their competition at this year’s event, great success in their future and hope to see them and all you rodeo fans, next year!