Fritzlan finishes a close second in Ignacio bull riding event |

Fritzlan finishes a close second in Ignacio bull riding event

Rifle’s Colten Fritzlan is on a hot streak.

Just weeks after winning a bull-riding championship in Helena, Montana, the Rifle High School freshman traveled to the four corners area to capture the reserve championship — barely — in the pee wee bull riding (ages 13 and under) at the American Youth Bull Riding Association Finals in Ignacio, from Nov. 20-23.

The AYBRA is a non-profit organization with a goal is to promote youth rodeo, provide leadership and instill good sportsmanship and self discipline. Featuring six age groups, youngsters from 4 to 19 are eligible to compete at AYBRA events riding sheep, calves, steers and bulls.

The top 10 individuals at year’s end are invited to participate in the finals with a select number of “Wild Card” invitations also being included. Fritzlan was invited as a Wild Card contestant to the 2014 finals.

Competing against 20 other bull riders from 10 different states and Canada in his age group, Fritzlan was third in the first go-round with a score of 64. During the second round, Fritzlan scored a 65.75 for the win. In the third and final long round, Fritzlan failed to make the whistle.

Going into the short round, Fritzlan led the average by .5 points. Then, during Saturday’s short round, he scored a 65 which was third in the round. With a total of 194.75 points on three head of bulls, Fritzlan fell .5 points short of the championship and was named the reserve champion for 2014.

Next up for Fritzlan will be a return to the Ultimate Miniature Bull Riding arena. He’ll have a lot of time to prepare for the event, which takes place March 7 in Lander, Wyoming.

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