Seth Glause just can't decide if he prefers bucking horses or ornery bulls.
"I've done it all my life," he said after finishing second in the bullriding competition at Tuesday's Days of '47 Rodeo with a score of 82 points. "I like both of them."
And at barely 20 years old, he won't have to specialize in one or the other for quite some time.
"I don't plan to choose," he said with a smile. "When I get older, I'll probably have to give up bull riding because it's so much harder on your body."
Right now, however, sitting on the backs of bulls is paying a little better for the Rock Springs, Wyo., cowboy.
"This year I've been pretty fortunate in the bull riding," he said. Glause is ranked 15th in the world, and if he stays there, he'll make his first trip to the National Finals Rodeo in December.
The two events may seem pretty similar trying to stay on a bucking horse and trying to ride a bucking bull for eight seconds but he says there not.
"They're very different," he said. "You've just got to be prepared mentally and focus on what you're doing."
It also helps that cowboys and cowgirls trying to make a living on rodeo circuits are in the midst of their busiest month.
"All this month we've been gone," he said. "I had a couple days of when I got here, but it's one of the busiest months of the year."
While the drawback is sore bodies, there is one advantage to competing nearly everyday.
"I like getting on everyday," Glause said. "It seems you react better when you're getting on all the time."
And there are plenty of rodeos within a few hours drive of Salt Lake City, including Ogden, Spanish Fork, Nampa, Idaho, Salinas, Calif., just to name a few of the ones cowboys say are among the best.
West Jordan's Terri Wood Gates earned Tuesday night's fastest time in the barrel racing with 13.77 seconds. Her traveling companion took up barrel racing on a dare.
"I was telling the kids how to ride and someone said, 'If you think it's that easy, you should try it,'" said Norma Woods, Terri's mom, who started riding when her older daughters were competing in high school rodeo. "They sort of dared me to do it, and I did."
Wood said she and her daughter raise the horses they ride themselves and continue to compete because they love it, and well, they're good at it.
"It's a ball," said Norma Woods, who was riding a young horse in its first season of rodeo and scored 14.37 seconds. "I love to travel with (Terri)."
Terri and Norma laugh when asked how old they are.
"I always say I'm 29," said Terri, "and my mom is 39. And until I can outwork her, I'm not going to argue about it."
Terri said her mom is self-conscious about her age, but the third of four of Norma's daughters said she's proud of her mom.
"People admire her," Gates said. "They look up to her. I always tell her that the people who want her to quit are the people she's beating."
David Motes and Richard Durham won the team roping with a time of 4.7 seconds. Dusty Hausuer and Shaun Stroh tied in the saddle bronc competition with scores of 80 points each. Wes Stevenson earned the night's best score in bareback riding with 75 points, while Curtis Cassidy earned the night's fastest time in steer wrestling with 3.5 seconds.Jerome Schneeberger won Tuesday's tie-down roping with a time of 7.5 seconds.
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