LARAMIE – Brandon Olson made the crowd wait until the third to last ride of the night to put up the best score.
The Franktown, Colorado, bull rider scored an 85 when Grey Denim took him for an 8-second ride during the Laramie Jubilee Days Mr. T Xtreme Bull Riding on Thursday night at the Albany County Fairgrounds rodeo arena.
“I got on a good bull that’s pretty well known by everyone and I was just thinking about him all day,” Olson said. “I was able to stay on him, and I guess I made it count. I’ve been coming up just short my last few rodeos, so it was nice to finally get to knock one out.”
Olson is familiar with the Southeastern Wyom- ing area as he used to be a part of the Laramie County Community College rodeo team in Cheyenne.
“I love this atmosphere around here,” Olson said. “This place is electric.”
Olson will look for another win Sunday afternoon when he comes back to Laramie to compete in the final round of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo.
Ardie Maier placed a close second behind Olson when he earned himself a score of 83.5 early in the evening after an 8-second battle with G Easy, the same bull Maier rode at the 2018 Jubilee Days Xtreme bulls event.
“He was a little bit harder to ride than he was last year because he was kind of staying down,” said Maier, who posted a score of 85 in 2018. “Cowboys win a lot of money on that bull when they ride him, so I was sure happy when I saw I was able to give him another shot.”
Maier resides in Timber Lake, South Dakota, during the winter months and currently ranks 27th in the Xtreme bull riding standings.
“I didn’t start rodeoing until the first of June,” Maier said. “It was a late start to the season, but I’m hungry.”
Twenty-three-year-old Jake Smith finished in third place after he rode Johny Terror for a score of 73. Smith, who is a former member of the University of Wyoming rodeo team, was content with his performance.
“I felt good out there, he was a pretty solid bull,” Smith said. “He changed directions and I picked him back up and was able to get back in the middle, so overall I was pretty happy with it.”
Along with Olson, Smith will compete in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, today and will also be back for the final round of the Jubilee Days PRCA rodeo Sunday.
Chris Bechthold, who is currently ranked 46th in the PRCA world standings, received a score of 72, which allowed him to finish in fourth place.
Lon Daley, Roscoe Jarboe and Brady Portenier, who are all ranked in the top 25 in the PRCA world rankings, were all thrown from their bulls before they could post a final score. Dallee Mason, who sits at 29th in the world rankings and seventh in the Xtreme bull riding standings, was also unable to complete an 8 second ride.
The 79th annual Laramie Jubilee Days rodeo continues with PRCA action at 7 p.m. today at the Albany County Fairgrounds rodeo arena.