Dustin Bowl­ing’s WRCA buckle

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Departments - with Dustin Bowl­ing by G.R. Schi­avino

Among his 2014 WRCA World Cham­pion buckle, his 2015 WRCA Team Brand­ing Cham­pion buckle, and his 2016 WRCA World Cham­pion buckle, team roper Dustin Bowl­ing of the Jolly Ranch and S&L Cat­tle team prefers to wear his 2015 buckle.

“I just think it’s a cool buckle,” Bowl­ing of­fered. “Our World Cham­pi­onship buck­les, I don’t know. I’m just su­per­sti­tious about stuff like that.”

The buck­les are awarded in Novem­ber, fol­low­ing the an­nual World Cham­pi­onship Ranch Rodeo held in Amar­illo, Tex- as, head­quar­ters of the Work­ing Ranch Cow­boy As­so­ci­a­tion. Through­out the year, work­ing cow­boy teams must qual­ify for the Cham­pi­onships by com­pet­ing in events that mimic the tasks re­quired on the ranch, such as team pen­ning, bronc rid­ing, and the al­ways-event­ful wild cow milk­ing.

The Jolly Ranch is a cow-calf op­er­a­tion in Agate, Colorado, with a his­tory dat­ing back to 1932, while S&L Cat­tle is a La­mar, Colorado, year­ling and feed­lot op­er­a­tion. The lat­ter is owned by team mem­bers Phy Lord and Kyle Spitz, while Bowl­ing’s brother-in-law and team cap­tain, Jesse Jolly, com­pleted the 2015 team, heavy with team ropers.

“Jesse roped in the team brand­ing,” Bowl­ing re­layed of their cham­pi­onship event. “We kind of ro­tate, and I ei­ther rope in the stray gather­ing or in the cow milk­ing.”

Be­yond be­ing the go-to ropers, Bowl­ing and Jolly also lead the charge in terms of arena fash­ion by don­ning ar­gyle sweater vests through­out each com­pe­ti­tion, just in case there’s not al­ready enough ac­tion in the arena.

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