LAS VEGAS – There’s a different kind of toughness in the sport of rodeo.
Seth Glause is showing that during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On Friday night during the second round of the 2012 championship, Glause rode Classic Pro Rodeo’s Medicine Show for 86.5 points to finish fourth.
Then as he got off, Glause stumbled and went down; Medicine Show’s horn smacked the Rock Springs, Wyo., cowboy square in the nose. It was insult and injury to an otherwise outstanding showing.
“I had a wreck happen, but that’s just part of the sport,” said Glause, who attended Central Wyoming College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University on rodeo scholarships. “My nose is pretty much just shattered. The Justin Sportsmedicine people got it all put back together in the right spot. Luckily it didn’t break anything else in my face.”
That’s good, because 24 hours later, Glause arrived at the Thomas and Mack Center ready to ride again. He had drawn one of the top bulls in the sport, Lancaster & Pickett’s Cowboy Coffee, and he was going to take the best shot he could to make significant money while in Las Vegas. He also was sporting a new piece of equipment: A helmet.
“The first bull was runner-up bull of the hear, and he just slipped in the back in,” said Glause, who was awarded a re-ride on Flying U Rodeo’s Curveball, which he rode for 82 points for his second straight fourth-place finish and a check worth $7,656. “He was just really good, kind of making me work a little bit. He went back right, and I got around there and just got by him.”
It worked. He has ridden two of three bulls and has earned $15,313. Will he continue to ride with a helmet the remainder of the NFR?
“That was the first time I’d ever put a helmet on, much less rode with one,” he said. “I’ll do it again tonight, but I don’t know. I don’t really want to take another shot in the face this week.”