BUCKLE UP: Brit Eller­man mas­ters Pikes Peak or Bust

With Brit Eller­man

Spin to Win Rodeo - - News - as told to Chelsea Toy

Colorado Springs’ Pikes Peak or Bust is Brit Eller­man’s bread and but­ter. In 2014, he and cousin Chad Wahlert won se­cond in the Nor­ris Pen­rose Arena, and in 2015 he brought home the ba­con with long-time friend Mar­cus Banis­ter.

Eller­man, who is rop­ing with fel­low Coloradan TJ Watts in 2017, was on his per­mit when he won nearly $8,000 at Cinch’s Pikes Peak or Bust in 2015 aboard his then 9-year-old bay geld­ing, Duke. Eller­man and Banis­ter won their set, the semi­fi­nals and then got to choose their steer in the shoot-out round.

“It came down to the Fi­nals be­tween Blaster (Ty Blasingame) and JW (Bor­rego) and Trice Watts and Chad (Wahlert),” Eller­man said. “I picked the steer that tried a lit­tle bit. The other two were a lit­tle slow. I picked the more hon­est one. Blaster and J.W. went first and they were 5.3 or 5.4, so we had to be faster than that and we ended up be­ing 5.2.”

That win got Eller­man and Banis­ter into RFD-TV’s The Amer­i­can Semi­fi­nals and Rodeo Hous­ton.

Eller­man and Banis­ter grew up less than 15 miles apart in Fort Lup­ton and Brighton, Colo., and they won the Na­tional High School Fi­nals Rodeo to­gether in 2011.

“When we were younger, he’d come over ev­ery day after school and in the sum­mer,” Eller­man said. “It’s about a toss-up be­tween him and Trey (Yates) who I’ve roped more steers with.”

Eller­man and Watts won the av­er­age at the Moun­tain States Cir­cuit Fi­nals Rodeo in 2016, pro­pelling them to the Ram Na­tional Cir­cuit Fi­nals Rodeo, where they placed in a round and the av­er­age, worth $4,360. At press time, Eller­man was 32nd in the PRCA world stand­ings after plac­ing third in the av­er­age at the Guy­mon (Okla.) Pi­o­neer Days.

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