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Frontier Days champ stops over for Riverton event

Jul 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Gabe Ledoux was one of the most popular cowboys to perform on Monday night at the PRCA Ram rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

Ledoux didn't record a time in his performance in Riverton in the steer wrestling competition.

Ledoux, from Kaplan, La., was fresh off winning a steer wrestling title on Sunday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

"It was great," said Ledoux about winning at Frontier Days. "It was a good rodeo to be at and a great one to win."

Ledoux earned $16,778 for his title in Cheyenne. Ledoux was eighth heading into the CFDR finals and brought his steer down in 7.4 to win the buckle.

At Cheyenne, the steers get a larger head start than they do at most rodeos, a 30-foot advantage.

"I came in a little way down," Ledoux said. "I had a good steer, and everything went my way."

This was the first time Ledoux had tasted victory in Cheyenne.

"I have done good there in the past, but I have never ended up winning it," Ledoux said.

Ledoux had competed at the CFDR since 2004, but never came close to winning the title.

"It was a great atmosphere, and people love the rodeo," Ledoux said. The win moved Ledoux into sixth place in the world pro rodeo standings. Ledoux was 23rd before the CFDR started.

Ledoux has earned $43,257 in the rodeo season.

No luck Monday

"We were headed up to Great Falls, Mont., and this was on the way, so we decided to enter," Ledoux said.

Ledoux didn't even get off his horse in steer wrestling.

"I thought that I wouldn't catch him, so I rode on by," Ledoux said.

A pair of Cheyenne cowboys had the fastest times in Riverton on Monday.

"The steers are a little older," Ledoux said.

Theo Federer had a time of 5.4 seconds and Tait Kvistad finished with a 5.6-second run.

Ledoux had never been to Fremont County before.

"It seems liked a great rodeo," Ledoux said.

The two-day rodeo will end Tuesday night at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

Big goals

Ledoux is hoping to earn a spot in December at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The top 15 money winners in steer wrestling will get the opportunity to perform at the Thomas and Mack Center.

"I will rodeo to the end of September," Ledoux said. "My goal is to win make the national finals and win a world title."

Ledoux last qualified for the NFR in the 2008 rodeo season. Injuries had slowed down the star cowboy for awhile, but he is healthy this year. Ledoux also made the NFR in 2006.

"It's tough to get back," Ledoux said "I broke my foot the last couple of years. I'm ready to go this year."

Ethen Thouvenell from Napa, Calif., is first in the world standings at $61,487. Les Shepperson from Midwest is second (54,779) and Texas cowboy Matt Reeves is third (51,575.80).

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