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Rough first go-around

Favorites struggle, Comanche’s Gordon shines as rodeo opens

Over the next three days, there will be some great Southwest Oklahoma cowboys and cowgirls competing in the 81st Annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo. But they will have to go some to beat the effort of 22-year-old saddle bronc rider Colt Gordon.

Gordon, of Comanche, rode Mean Dream from the Beutler and Son Rodeo Company for an 82 and while that was just a couple points behind the leader, Cooper Thrasher, of Australia, who rode Beutler and Son’s Nutrena Full Deck for an 84,. it still left the area cowboy with a big smile.

That’s because he’s sitting 13th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings and fighting for his first berth in the Wrangler National Finals in December in Las Vegas.

“It would be a dream come true and this is a big week for me,” he said. “I had seen that horse two or three times, so I had a good idea of what he’d do. He’s a good bronc and all I had to do was do my own work and it came out pretty good.”

What’s somewhat odd is that Comanche is known for great tie-down ropers, including his uncle Gary Ledford. So, why saddle broncs?

“A lot of people ask me that but I started out roping and I just got burned out on it,” the pleasant young cowboy said with a huge smile. “I toyed with riding bulls for a brief time and decided that wasn’t my thing either. I started getting on saddle broncs and I just loved it.

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