BUCKLE UP: Brit Ellerman masters Pikes Peak or Bust
With Brit Ellerman
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.