Instant Classic: Atchison Wins One-of-a-Kind Event

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Ty Atchison rode two broncs and tied one of two steers to claim the title at the inaugural Classic Events Championship in Guymon, Okla.

The Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days rodeo committee reached back to rodeo’s past to produce an event unlike any other. Dubbed the Classic Events Championship, cowboys were required to ride two broncs and rope and tie two steers—in honor of what are traditionally called rodeo’s classic events: saddle bronc riding and steer roping.

Each cowboy in the 20-man field had to ride two broncs and rope two steers. The livestock were drawn at random—even the roping horses. Guymon resident Rick Furnish created the exhibition to showcase cowboys who can work both ends of the arena.

Interestingly, Dan Mortensen was a last-minute replacement in the event (he retired in 2008) and scored 157 points on two head to win the saddle bronc riding portion. However, he missed both of his steers.

“I can do it every once in a while,” he said. “But as far as going full time, I still don’t think that is in the cards for me.”

Cort Scheer won the steer roping portion.

Ty Atchison of Jackson, Mo., was the best overall and claimed the Montana Silversmiths buckle, along with $1,200 in prize money.

Atchison enjoyed seeing established bronc riders test their skills in steer roping. Atchison posted qualified rides on both his bucking horses and was able to catch and tie one of his steers to clinch the event title.

“It was an awesome event,” Atchison said. “It really was.”