By MARLYS GOOD
Dean Schlattmann has earned his bragging rights. The Riverside High School graduate turned rodeo pro won the world championship bronc riding championship title at the Senor National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas last weekend.
With the win he brought home not only cash, but a beautiful World Champion belt buckle, two “go-round” buckles, new saddle, new boots and various other gear.
Schlattmann won the first and third go-rounds at the finals, scoring a 71 and earning 63 points in both rounds, but was bucked off in the second round for a “no ride.”
Schlattmann qualified for the SNFR with top finishes at rodeos in Douglas and Wheatland this summer, along with several other criteria. At the Douglas event, Schlattmann took first in both the first and third go-rounds and second in the third go-round. The finishes gave him a total of 184 points.
At Wheatland he took first in all three rounds, earning a total of 177 points.
Schlattmann’s bronc riding days go back to the Ten Sleep rodeos when he was just a young kid.
They continued through high school, when he won the High School National Finals bareback title in 1990, and beyond, as he qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in saddle bronc in 1999.
The rodeo season is over for 2012. Whether he will compete in 2013 is still up in the air. Right now he is enjoying what’s left of the hunting season.
Schlattmann was accompanied to Las Vegas by his wife Sara, parents, Speed and Cindy Schlattmann of Basin and his aunt, Betsy Fenwick of Brunswick, Maine.
The Schlattmann’s sons, Jake and Sy got to stay with Grandpa Darrell Horton – and had a ball.
Schlattmann was not the only cowboy from Otto making a name for himself in Las Vegas. Casey Nelson won the title of Reserve World Champion Heeler for the team roping, also in the 40-year-old category.