High school bull rider wins in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onship

The Drumheller Mail - - Sports - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A young bull rider took on his first in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and brought home a buckle.

Matt Howard en­tered the Sil­ver State In­ter­na­tional Rodeo. This is the fi­nal High School com­pe­ti­tion and he, along with his travel buddy Dixon Tat­trie from Canada, went down to Win­nimucca Ne­vada for the event June 29 to July 6.

Matt was in a field of 13 bull rid­ers. He scored 70 on each of his two clean rides to win the com­pe­ti­tion.

“There were some pretty good rid­ers,” he tells the Mail. While he was one of the only Canadian rid­ers, and he won the pre­mier event, Howard said the com­pe­ti­tion was friendly.

“It was pretty cool. All the Amer­i­cans were pretty friendly,” he said.

For his ef­forts, he won a buckle and a sad­dle. He is spon­sored by Bass Pro Shop and To­tal Con­trol Se­cu­rity. He is also grate­ful to his fa­ther for get­ting him to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Next week he is head­ing to Mil­larville, and he is head­ing to the Canadian Fi­nals for high school rodeo at the end of the month in Mer­ritt B.C.

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