JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Two young Wyoming cowboys are taking home trophy buckles in bull riding after competing in the Junior NFR in Las Vegas, Nevada last weekend.
Dylan Grant was recognized as the No. 3 bull rider in the world in the age 16-18 division. Brother Derek finished 7th in the 14-15 year-old’s division. Both young men grew up in Jackson and moved to Pavillion a couple of years ago.
Dylan started the weekend’s card as the man to beat, topping his bull Thursday with an 85.5-point ride to lead the field. Dylan coaxed a 73.5 score out of his bull Saturday but failed to cover in the final round on Monday.
Derek managed a 68.5 ride in the first go ‘round on Thursday to sit 5th overall. His 71 was tied for 3rd on Saturday. He bucked off in Monday’s finals as well.
The event draws hundreds of contestants from around the world competing at the same time the National Finals Rodeo is taking place. To finish anywhere in the standings is a noteworthy accomplishment.
Eian Smith, of Pinedale, managed to secure a tie for 2nd place in junior bareback. Smith was the model of consistency—scoring rides of 78, 81, and 78 for a cumulative score of 237.
Wyatt Phelps and Zack Winer, both of Pinedale, also competed in the 16-18 age bull riding event.