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Dan Mortensen, Scott Breding on hand in Cody as ‘Legends of the Stampede’

CODY, Wyo. — Among dozens of rodeos across the West this week, you’d be hard pressed to find a better stop than the Cody Stampede. And the world’s richest one-head rodeo is even bigger this year on its 100th anniversary.

The Stampede is pulling out all the stops for its centennial, including bringing Legends of Rodeo to the arena.
Six-time world saddle bronc champion Dan Mortensen is one of them.

“I got on Schizo here in 1994,” recalled the Billings cowboy who’d competed countless times in this arena. “I won the world first time in ’93, and she was Bucking Horse of the Year in 1993, and we matched here the next year. It was the first year this was a televised rodeo, and they had a short round, so that was probably one of my biggest memories from this rodeo.”

Seven-time world champion cowboy Dan Mortensen visits with friends at the 100th anniversary of the Cody Stampede. (CASEY CONLON/MTN Sports)

Monday night, meanwhile, was Tristan Hansen’s first trip to Cody. The Dillon bareback rider is competing for PRCA Rookie of the Year and scored 79 points which didn’t win him any money, but we’ll see him in Livingston this week to try again.

Monday’s early bareback leader was Louisiana’s Taylor Broussard with 85 points aboard Pip Squeak. As NFR announcer and PRCA vice president of business development Boyd Polhamous put it, “He’s little – but he bucks!”

MTN Sports also caught up with Parker Breding Monday night, the world’s third-ranked bull rider. He commanded the lead with 92.5 points as his dad Scott looked on in attendance as a Legend of the Stampede.

Please click here for Monday’s results.

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