Last week, thousands of fans crowded the scenic Norris-Penrose Event Center to watch the 78th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

Thirty-two champion cowboys and cowgirls from across the country were invited to showcase their talents in seven official events including bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing.

The event consisted of four performances and the thrilling Gold Buckle Championship Round on Saturday night. Contenders with the top eight scores and eight fastest times from the qualifying performances laid it all on the line for a piece of the $200,000 prize finale; these cowboys and cowgirls walked away with the honors.

Bareback Riding
Ty Fast Taypotat of Regina, SK., handled 250 Saguaro for 84.5 points, earning the bareback riding title and $17,733. Zach Brown of Red Bluff, CA., took second with a 69 point effort on Pow Wow Nights, and Jamie Howlett of Weatherford, TX., rounded out the top three.

Steer Wrestling
Will Lummus of West Point, MS., clocked a 3.8 second time earning the top spot in the steer wrestling, which resulted in a $16,462 payday. In second was Aaron Vosler of Cheyenne, WY., with a time of 4.0, and Josh Garner of Live Oak, CA., slid into the top three.  

Team Roping
 Aaron Tsinigine of Tuba City, AZ., and Blaine Vick of Dublin, TX., turned in a 14.7 second run in the team roping, clinching the No. 1 spot and earning $26,535. Tyler Waters and Cody Hogan stopped the clock at 21.8 to claim the second place spot; followed by third-place contenders, Erich Rogers and Clint Summers.

Saddle Bronc Riding
Nat Stratton of Potter Valley, CA., rode 702 Mountain Climber to the top with 87.5 points in the saddle bronc riding, for a $15,593 check.  Joey Sonnier of New Iberia, LA., claimed the second place spot with an 85.5 atop 423 Matterhorn. Finishing the final three was Joe Lufkin of Sallisaw, OK.

Tie-Down Roping
Reese Riemer of Stinnett, TX.,  was victorious in the tie-down roping with an 8.2-second run, for $18,824 in earnings. Cody Craig took the second place position with a 9.2; Trevor Brazile rounded out the top three.

Barrel Racing
Stevi Hillman of Weatherford, TX., claimed the gold and $15,000 in the barrel racing with a time of 16.74 seconds. Fellow Texan Tammy Fischer of Ledbetter followed closely with a 16.88. Lori Todd secured the top three spot.

Bull Riding
None of the top three bull riders covered their bulls in the Gold Buckle Championship, but based on overall performance, Jeff Askey of Athens, TX., won the title and $15,715. In second was Roscoe Jarboe, and Jeston Mead finished the top three.

The Pikes Peak or Bust is a longstanding legendary rodeo in Colorado Springs, CO. The event prides itself on best-of-the-best rodeo entertainment, and the event has a reputation for supporting local military and their families. The 79th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is scheduled for July 10-13, 2019.

Results are courtesy of Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.