The Greeley Stampede, Rooftop Rodeo Estes Park, and Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo have partnered for the third year to recognize one contestant from the combined rodeo series that earned the most points for the Rodeo 34 Award.
The alliance, named after the highway that connects the three rodeos, was created to help promote the sport of rodeo. Members from the three rodeo committees meet throughout the year to share information, cross promote and build stronger alliances.
Points were given to the top ten contestants of each rodeo event at all three rodeos. The points were determined on placing, with first place earning ten points through tenth place earning one point. To be qualified for the award, contestants were required to compete in all three rodeos.
The recipient of the Rodeo 34 Award will receive a $3,000 gift card and a championship pure beaver custom cowboy hat, courtesy of Greeley Hat Works, valued at $1,650.
This year, the winner of the Rodeo 34 Award is bareback rider Blaine Kaufman of Pretty Prairie, KS. Blaine will be recognized during the Mountain States Circuit Finals in Loveland on Friday, October 25.
The top ten contestants from the 2019 series include:
- Blaine Kaufman, Bareback Riding - 15.5 points
- Nathan Hatchel, Bull Riding - 15 points
- Kody Lamb, Bareback Riding - 13.5 points
- Craig Wisehart, Bareback Riding - 12 points
- Sara Cheeney, Barrel Racing - 12 points
- Jake Orman, Team Roping - 11 points
- Tyler McKnight, Team Roping - 11 points
- Tanner Baldwin, Team Roping - 10 points
- Nano Garza, Team Roping - 10 points
- Shali Lord, Barrel Racing - 10 points