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Payden McIntyre wrestles his steer to the ground in 4.3 seconds to win the bulldogging title at this year's Cattlemen's Days PRCA Rodeo. (PHOTO BY ROBBY FREEMAN)

Payden McIntyre wrestles his steer to the ground in 4.3 seconds to win the bulldogging title at this year’s Cattlemen’s Days PRCA Rodeo. (PHOTO BY ROBBY FREEMAN)

GUNNISON, Colo. – Like any rodeo cowboy, Peydon McIntyre would love to take his shot at making the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

For now, though, other priorities don’t make that possible. He operates an information technology business in Douglas, Wyo., and he must take care of his clients before he can focus on his side job, a steer wrestler in ProRodeo.

“I’m in a position in life where rodeoing full time isn’t really an option for me,” said McIntyre, a five-time qualifier to the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo. “The circuit system has been great for us cowboys that maybe want to rodeo hard for one month out of the year. If you win the circuit finals, you could go to Florida for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and maybe be able to ride for the National Finals next year.”

That’s why Saturday night’s 4.3-second run on the final performance of the Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days PRCA Rodeo. He won the steer wrestling title, $1,745 and a $200 bonus from the rodeo committee.

“It’s pretty awesome for a committee to go above and beyond for us cowboys,” he said. “It’s been a real slow seek, so it’s real nice to come down here and have a lot of people appreciate when you do well.”

McIntyre has been to Cattlemen’s Days a handful of times in his rodeo career, but 2018 marks his first championship.

“This is an awesome community, and it’s a good place to relax and hang out,” he said. “The hospitality has been great, and they’ve taken care of us. We haven’t won a lot of money the last few weeks, so if somebody will feed you for free, you can’t complain about that.”

He travels with Coltin Hill and Stetson Jorgensen of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Coltin Hill of Browning, Mont., and they share expenses to make sure the rodeo trail pays off as much as possible. They also work with one another, and Jorgensen helps by hazing for McIntyre, helping keep the steer running straight to give the bulldogger the best chance to win.

“He’s hazed for me all winter and quite a bit this summer,” McIntyre said. “You get a guy on a good horse that knows what he’s doing, and you get in sync together. It’s like a quarterback and a receiver working together.

“This is a circuit rodeo for me, so it will make competing in the circuit a little easier for me.”

Cattlemen’s Days
Gunnison, Colo.
July 12-14
All-around cowboy:
Wyatt Imus, $1,130 in tie-down roping and team roping.

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Craig Wisehart, 85 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Kicking Feathers, $1,480; 2. Casey Colletti, 83, $1,121; 3. Jake Springer, 78.5, $807; 4. (tie) Tyler Ferguson and J.C. Hester, 77, $426; 6. Hunter Brasfield, 73, $224.

Steer wrestling: 1. Payden McIntyre, 4.3 seconds, $1,745; 2. Tom Littell, 4.6, $1,444; 3. Riley Krassin, 5.2, $1,143; 4. Trevion Fox, 5.7, $842; 5. Chisum Docheff, 6.4, $541; 6. (tie) Trey Jackson and Laine Herl, 7.7, $150 each.

Team roping: 1. Brye Crites/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.9 seconds, $2,162; 2. Bubba Buckaloo/Tyler Worley, 5.0, $1,880; 3. Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 5.2, $1,598; 4. Brit Ellerman/Marcus Banister, 5.6, $1,316; 5. Tyler Shnaufer/Trevor Schnaufer, 5.7, $1,034; 6. (tie) Kelsey Parchman/Dustin Davis and Lee Kiehne/Tyler Getzwiller, 5.8, $611 each; 8. (tie) Wyatt Imus/Reno Gonzalez and Wade Kreutzer/Clancey Kruetzer, 5.9, $94 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Mitch Pollock, 84 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Jet Trails, $1,718; 2. Joaquin Real, 81.5, $1,302; 3. Lefty Holman, 79, $937; 4. Trayson Antonick, 78, $625; 5. Parker Kempfer, 75.5, $365; 6. (tie) Dean Wadsworth and Tyler Turco, 73.5, $130 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Bo Pickett, 10.9 seconds, $1,581; 2. Ryan Belew, 12.7, $1,308; 3. Wyatt Imus, 20.1, $1,036; 4. Reno Gonzales, 20.6, $763; 5. Colton Farquer, 21.0, $491; 6. Wes Mack, 21.4, $273.

Barrel racing: 1. Nicole Waggoner, 17.64 seconds, $1,518; 2. Brittany Fellows, 17.90, $1,301; 3. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.91, $1,084; 4. Taryn Boxleitner, 17.97, $940; 5. Kelly Yates, 17.98, $723; 6. Chris Gibson, 18.03, $434; 7. Dolli Lautaret, 18.08, $434; 8. Kari Boxleitner, 18.09; 9. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, 18.17, $217; 10. Ronnie Will, 18.20, $145.

Bull riding: 1. Brody Yeary, 82 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Little Party, $4,474; 2. Jimy Marten, 79.5, $3,691; 3. Eli Vastbinder, 73, $3,021; no other qualified rides.

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