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At least two more to go

Rider makes commitment to win, and does just that

David Pressgrove

Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series of three covering local World Champion cowboys in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association.

As Dave From arrived at the Senior National Rodeo Final in Reno, Nev. Oct. 28, his task was simple. Survive and he would win his first World Championship in the 40-50 age group of saddle bronc riding.

He did better than just survive. He won three of the four go-arounds but that fourth ride still bothers him.

“I went up against the bronco of the year,” said From, the Nebraska native who moved to Craig two years ago. “They call him Glitter Gulch and I just couldn’t hold on.”

It was rare for From not to hold on during the 2002 rodeo circuit. He won the overall points competition by more than 1,200 points with 2,880.

“Dave was hot, hot, hot this year,” said local rider Jim Holt. “He was really riding well.”

From was satisfied with his championship because it was the first year he had made the commitment to go after the prize.

“I’d won two Canadian and two Nebraska championships but no world titles,” he said. “This year, with the help of Wes (Hertzog) and Jim, I set that goal to go after it and was able to compete enough to get the necessary points.”

The three local cowboys traveled in Canada and the United States to what From estimated were 80 rodeos in search of the perfect ride every time.

“Any time you get that good ride, it makes up for all of the mistakes you’ve made since the last good ride,” he said.

“My best this year was an 86 (out of 100) in San Antonio.”

From, who helps Hertzog at his truck driving company, said he has enjoyed his two years in Craig.

“I enjoy the people and the country,” he said. “I would eventually like to go to Arizona during the winters because I’m not much of a skier and there’s no rodeo here during the winter.”

The cowboy plans to turn the spurs in for a flash and tripod every once in a while in the future.

“I want to get my own rodeo photography company going next year,” he said. “I have a friend in Canada who has a company and I’ll learn from him for a while and then go on my own.”

But he doesn’t plan on stopping the rodeo anytime soon. The 47-year-old said he’s been riding broncos for 32 years and that it had been a family tradition as his brother and father rode. For the moment, he’s unsure how long he’ll keep riding but he knows of at least two more reasons to keep going.

“I have three children so I need to get two more championships so they can each have a saddle,” he said.

“I at least have to defend my title to prove it wasn’t a fluke.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.


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