by Chris Dize
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Dustin Boquet saved the best for last at the 2021 Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo.

The veteran bull rider already had the rodeo title secured before even stepping foot on his final bull. All six cowboys before him were bucked off in the final round, and with Boquet having the top score entering the round he was named the winner, but that’s not how he wanted to leave the Sunflower State.

Instead, he put together a 91.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Gladiator’s Hammer to leave no doubt he was the champ with 177.5 points on two head at the ProRodeo Tour stop.

“I climbed over the bucking chutes and at that point they announced me as the winner no matter what happened, but I didn’t want to go out like that,” said Boquet, 27. “I didn’t want to win it like that, I just stayed focused. I knew the bull I had, I was really pumped to have him. I’ve been wanting to get on him for a long time. I nodded my head and let my body do what it knows how to do. Shoot, 91.5 points later I was pretty pumped up about it.”

The championship in Dodge City was beneficial for Boquet, as he earned $12,356 toward the PRCA | RAM World Standings.

“It’s always a ton more fun when you’re finding a way to stay on these bulls,” Boquet said. “I think this roll really started for me in Spanish Fork (Utah). I told myself there, we’re just going to try to keep that rolling and keep taking these blessings as they come and keep having fun doing what I love to do.”

The ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 23-26, is just over a month away, and Boquet is in a prime position to qualify for his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, sitting eighth in the world standings.

“For me to get there I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing the past couple weeks,” Boquet said. “Just stay focused and don’t think about it too much. I’m going to take it one bull at a time, don’t get ahead of myself and just stay confident in what I know how to do while staying humble.”

Bareback rider Cole Franks had a record-setting performance in Dodge City on two fronts. He set the rodeo record with a 93-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire in the finals and the two-head average rodeo record with 183 points.

Franks broke the marks set by Orin Larsen in 2020. Larsen had a  92.5-point ride on Pickett Rodeo’s Uncapped and 179.5 points on two head.

Other winners at the $388,092 rodeo were all-around cowboy Paden Bray ($7,071, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Cole Franks (183 points on two head); steer wrestler Tucker Allen (12.2 seconds on three head); team ropers Clay Smith/Jade Corkill (17.2 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Lefty Holman (172 points on two head); tie-down roper Travis Rogers (27.2 seconds on three head); barrel racer Jordon Briggs (51.36 seconds on three runs); and steer roper Scott Snedecor (34.6 seconds on three head).

Article Courtesy of http://www.prorodeo.com

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