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Rifle’s Fritzlan wins miniature bull riding world championship

Contributed photoYoung Colten Fritzlan shows off his winnings from the Chris Shivers Miniature Bull Riders World Championship.

Colten Fritzlan left last Wednesday to Ogden, Utah, with dreams and determination to become a world champion.

The Chris Shivers Miniature Bull Riders World Championship entailed two long rounds, with the top 15 advancing to the short round, which featured a total of 40 boys in the junior age group representing 17 different states.

Fritzlan drew a bull called Armadillo for the first round and road him to a 73.5-point score, which tied him for third for that round.

Next, he drew Spanky, a Casperson bucking bull, covering him to a 71.5-point ride to put him in a tie for third for the second round.

Leading the average with 144 points on two head and being one of three to have covered two bulls set Fritzlan up to become a world champion.

He drew Cranky, another Casperson bull, which was the bucking bull of the finals. Fritzlan knew he had to cover him. Briggs Madsen, last year’s world champion, had already turned in a 77-point ride that moved him to the lead.

With Chris Shivers, a Professional Bull Riders (PBR) world champion, pulling Fritzlan’s bull rope, the chute flew open and Fritzlan covered Cranky to post the highest point ride of the finals in the junior division – 81 points.

As the only rider to cover all three head, Fritzlan was crowned the new 2011 world champion.

Fritzlan brings back to Rifle a new custom trophy saddle, a world champion buckle, a round winner buckle and a little more than $3,300 in prize money.

Fritzlan next heads to Helena, Mont., the first weekend in November for the Northwestern Miniature Bull Riding Finals.

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