Cheyenne bull rider enjoys time at Fair rodeo despite rough ride

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Professional Bull Rider PBR Bonnor Bolton getts a nudge from White Russian after the bull bucked the cowboy off at the Mesa County Fair Thursday night.



By PATRICK BAHR
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Jordan Hupp really doesn’t mind the rodeo arena at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Mostly because the 24-year-old bull rider from Cheyenne has had success in both of his trips there. Hupp finished fourth in last year’s Professional Bull Riders event and followed that up with a first-place finish in the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association bull riding event last September.

Thursday night, Hupp was making his third showing in Grand Junction at the PBR event at the Mesa County Fair.

“I’ve had pretty good success in the arena,” Hupp said before his ride. “This year I’m looking to ride both my bulls, and when it comes down to it, that’s all you can do. As long as I ride both of my bulls, I’ve done the best I can do, and if I end in first, cool. If not, I know I did my best.”

Unfortunately, Thursday night didn’t follow suit with Hupp’s previous rides in Grand Junction. In first round, Hupp was bucked off Codeman, and posted a no score.

“He was really quick out there, and I could feel him getting me raised up and I tried to get back down,” Hupp said. “But it was pretty much too late.”

Hupp has been riding professionally since he was 18 and travels around the country on the PBR Challenger series. Hupp began riding rodeos when he was 8 and hasn’t stopped since. While in high school in Cheyenne, he qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Hupp rode in college, and after graduating, he has made bull riding his full-time job.

“I’ve been to the Copenhagen Challenger Tour finals, and it’s the second biggest event behind the PBR World Finals,” Hupp said. “Bull riding hasn’t been as lucrative a career as it’s been for some guys, but I do pretty good with it. I’m able to have fun and make some money.”

At Thursday’s event, Hupp said it was a competitive field with riders from all over the country, and a few from Australia. With Cheyenne having a PBR event earlier in the week, Hupp said a good amount of strong riders made the trip to Grand Junction.

“Cheyenne is one of the biggest challenger events of the year,” Hupp said. “So all the best guys go to it and since this is just a couple days later, a lot will come here. So there are a lot of handy bull riders here, and it’s definitely not an easy event.”

Hupp was disappointed with his run Thursday night, but he didn’t have much time to feel bad about it as he left Grand Junction after the rodeo to drive 14 hours to an event in Guthrie, Okla.

“When you spend a lot of money and time going to an event, it’s real easy to take it hard,” Hupp said. “But I’m not feeling bad about myself. I know I am still riding good and tomorrow will be a better day.”


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