SHERIDAN — Sheridan College bull rider Taygen Schuelke competed at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo October 10-13 in Minot, N.D.
The finals average champion and the year end champion in every event earn their spot to compete in the Ram National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Competing in the Circuit Finals rodeo has been a dream of Schuelke’s since he was a little boy. Schuelke’s father, Darin Schuelke won the Badlands Circuit Finals in the Bronc Riding in 1997, and his uncle, Reggie Keil, also won the bull riding title twice in the Badlands Circuit.
“Taygen went to N.D. with a job to do,” according to a release from SC assistant rodeo coach Lacey Hewitt. “Just competing at the Circuit Finals wasn’t enough, he wanted his chance to compete in Oklahoma.”
“With a goal in mind and confidence, Taygen started out his finals getting on a bull that had bucked him off previously in the year,” the release said.
He rode for 76 points and third place in the round. The second round he was 79 points, placing second. The third round, Taygen got on a good bull and was 83 points to split second and third place in the round.
“With only one more rodeo to go, Taygen was sitting second in the average,” Hewitt said. “He knew he needed to ride this last bull for a chance to go to the Ram Finals. Taygen was one of three guys who had rode all three bulls, and all of them had a good chance. Focusing only on himself, he did what he needed to do and rode his last bull for 80 points.”
Taygen ended up winning the year-end title and placing second in the average at the Finals, accomplishing a goal many cowboys only dream about, Hewitt said.
He will be competing at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo with the top cowboys in each of their respective circuits in April at Oklahoma City.