Just a handful of cowboys entered bareback Wednesday at the Jackson Hole Rodeo, but among them was one of the best riders in the world.

Tristan Hansen, a Victor, Idaho, native ranked 29th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings, brings a trove of experience with him wherever he decides to get on a horse.

On June 19 he chose Jackson, a rodeo he’s popped in and out of for some time, given its proximity to home. This is his first year competing on the pro circuit full time after completing his college rodeo career at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, where he was a staple at the annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

Hansen said he was making the stop in Jackson between pro rodeos, and though it was a quick chance to get on a horse and earn some cash, a 16-year-old cowboy from Evanston was there to give him a run for his money.

Hansen’s 76 atop Mail Call was good for the lead, but in the last ride it was the high schooler who took the top check. Myles Carlson, a former state champion, put down a clean 84 on a horse named Vador for first place and $223.40 in winnings.

As for the competition he bested, Carlson was quick to shrug it off.

“I try to stay humble,” he said. “I just kind of focus on myself and try to ride my best.”

Carlson said he has been coming to the Jackson Hole Rodeo since he was in eighth grade. The rides provided at the rodeo are always a solid opportunity to get a go atop good stock. But while he clearly possesses the skill to compete for a year-end title here, he’s got his eyes on the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association saddle, based in Utah.

And it’s something of a return to action for Carlson. He sat out his sophomore season of high school rodeo with illness after his phenomenal start as a freshman. With his campaign for an RMPRA title just getting started, Jackson is the perfect spot for him to get back in the groove.

“It’s really fun here,” he said. “I kind of use it for a confidence booster. Come here on Wednesday and then go to rodeos on the weekend.”

Elsewhere in the arena June 19, Kodee Williams and her horse Rosie took $141.05 for winning barrel racing in 17.107 before bouncing back to win another $145.60 on Saturday night. The duo of Kolby Bradley and Nick Nichols won $633.60 for their blazing 4.84 win in team roping. Five cowboys made 8 seconds in bull riding, with Wyatt Phelps notching an 86.5 atop Aces and Eighths for $425.70.

Phelps returned for Saturday night’s rodeo but had to settle for second. Chase Wood took the win, notching an 87 on Trick Daddy for $322.50.

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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