PINEDALE – Two cowboys are representing Sublette County in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Rock Springs, which started yesterday morning and continues through Saturday. Chance Ames, of Big Piney, and Tanner Butner, of Pinedale, roared into the competition, riding a string of victories in regional rodeos before heading to the NHSFR.
Butner, who is heading into his junior year at Pinedale High School, entered nearly every rodeo he could find between finishing the high school season and entering the NHSFR. A saddle bronc rider, Butner returned to the rodeo ring just weeks after life-threatening emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
Butner’s fortitude and determination to return to the rodeo after his surgery earned him the nickname “the toughest cowboy of them all” at the Idaho High School Rodeo Association state finals in Pocatello, Idaho. Though it was his first rodeo after the surgery, Butner walked away the saddle bronc champion.
With about a month between the state finals and the national finals, Butner could have laid back and rested up for the big show – but that just isn’t how he does things. Instead, he entered rodeos in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah to stay in top form.
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