Sully Buttes senior Chase Yellowhawk took first place laurels with a score of 85 in the bareback event at the 111th War Bonnet Round Up at Sandy Downs arena in Idaho Falls, ID.
Chase says he didn’t enter the rodeo, but an hour before it got underway, “I decided to get on.” Chase says that there were three stock contractors, Korkows, Gene King, and Canadian contractor Macza.
“I drew one of Gene King’s horses,” said Chase. The bronc’s reputation was to jam up in front of the chute, but Chase was “right under the whole time. I was skeptical – it was muddy, and some horses don’t like the mud; I thought he’d throw a big fit, but he didn’t.”
On the horse’s fourth jump outside the chute, Chase, who was riding with a torn bicep, says he felt the muscle give way. “I felt all the pain in my bicep, but I kept going at it. I was hurting pretty bad when I got off the horse, but when I heard the score… It relieved a lot of pain to hear a good score.”
Chase was in Idaho assisting with stock for contractor Korkow Rodeos.
According to Idaho Falls newspaper the Post Register, Korkow Rodeos was the featured stock contractor of the event.
The Post Register piece relates, ‘Idaho Falls director of Parks and Recreation P.J. Holm oversees the event and he and his team pick out the stock contractor each year. Holm said, Korkow has supplied stock for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) since the rodeo’s first year in 1959.
“The NFR piece was really what kind of sold me for these guys,” Holm said. “You look at the proximity, how easy they are to work with. That kind of stuff. But really, the biggest thing was having stock in NFR every single year since the 1950s. It just shows a consistent training and breeding system in their company that really guarantees that you’re going to have top quality stock.”
Onion Ring, one of Korkow’s Broncos at the event, won the Saddle Bronc Horse of the year award in the fall. The award is voted on by riders and typically goes to the most consistent horse.’
Chase is slated to ride during the Catfish Stampede on Saturday night.