I reported last month that a respected Western Slope ranch bronc rider had passed away in a tragic accident. In honor of Hunter Norman, the young cowboy that the world lost too soon, the Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Broncs event was established.
The 1st Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Broncs event occurred on June 23rd, 2018, and attracted many people. The official press release stated that there were 500 spectators and 51 competitors in attendance, as well as Hunter’s loved ones.
“The highly attended event is just a testament of the profound impact that 20-year old Fruita Monument High School graduate Hunter Norman had on the Western Slope community and beyond. With competitors coming in from Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and throughout Colorado, and premier bucking stock from Ty Farris, Lonny Lancaster, Bryan Flynn, and Wes Clegg of 7C Buckers, the event showcased fierce competition, big payouts, and prizes in one of the best rodeo events to hit the Western Slope. 9-time PBR World Finals qualifier Tony Mendes made his return to bull riding at the event after a two-year hiatus to honor the memory and spirit of the beloved cowboy.” – Official Press Release
There were many emotional moments during the event, but none more so than the young cowboy’s last ride, “One of the special moments from the evening featured ‘Hunter’s Last Ride’ where a horse wearing just Hunter’s saddle was sent out from the bucking chute just before the short round. As the horse ran across the arena, fellow competitors and friends threw out their cowboy hats to show their respect for Hunter Norman.”
The family and friends of Hunter have plans to turn the memorial rodeo into an even larger event next year, “The annual memorial event will continue to celebrate the young cowboy’s life through his love and passion for ranch bronc riding and plans are already underway for next year’s event to potentially include a concert, raffle, and silent auction.”
If you would like more information on next year’s event, or would like to become involved, contact Scott Norman at 970-471-5900.