Grant Denny has celebrated numerous rodeo successes over the years. Even so, the Minden cowboy described his bareback riding triumph last Saturday at the 74th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs as extra special.
“This is, by far, my biggest win,” the 21-year-old Denny said after earning just under $17,000 in prize money.
Denny, a 2011 Douglas High School graduate, came up big in the Super Shootout at the Norris-Penrose Event Center when he posted a score of 90 (aboard Happy Valley) to best veteran Colorado rider Matt Mosher. Earlier on Saturday, Denny and Mosher posted scores of 90 (Denny aboard Painted Coast) in the finals. Two nights before, Denny turned in an 85-point ride to set the stage for his championship.
Denny was coming off a ninth-place finish for Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.) at the recent National College Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Impressive? Rodeo is a sport that requires constant travel, and Denny is no exception. Just consider that after his win Saturday night in Colorado Springs, he drove 17 hours to spend time at home in Carson Valley before returning to the road to ride at the 99th Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, where he and his brother, Wyatt, competed on Friday night (Wyatt scored a 79 and Grant scored a 67). Grant’s next stop is the California Rodeo Salinas, which concludes today.
“This is my most busy time of year,” he said.
Denny is looking forward to competing in his last season at Feather River College in 2015.
“I really want to win college nationals,” he said. “I was close this time — I won the second round — I just wish I had gotten a better draw for the short go. I had one of the toughest draws I could have gotten (score of 70.5).”
Wyatt Denny is also having a successful year, including second-place in bareback at the recent Ute Stampede Rodeo in Nephi, Utah. Wyatt is returning this fall to Panola College (Carthage, Texas) for his sophomore year. The brothers currently rank among the top 20 in the All-American ProRodeo Series bareback standings — Grant is 13th and Wyatt 17th.