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Bull Riding Champ

Tag Elliott takes the national title

Jessica Tanner

Leader Assistant Editor

After four years of competing in the College Nationals Finals Rodeo (CNFR), all the hard work and dedication of local cowboy, Tag Elliott, has finally paid off. He claimed the title of bull riding champion two weeks ago in Casper, Wyo.

Tag, 23, the son of Steve and Mitzi Elliott of Thatcher, has been rodeoing his whole life. He joined the Bear River Rodeo Club his freshman year where he began riding “big bulls.”

In 2007, during the Days of ’47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Tag’s life completely changed in a matter of seconds as he faced a life threatening injury. The bull came out of the chute, hopped twice and put Tag awkwardly high on its back. When the bull’s front feet landed, Tag came down with extreme force. His head collided with the bull’s and he crumbled to the ground as the bull continued stomping and rodeo clowns rushed in.

The right side of his face was crushed. His jaw and forehead were broken. Going through a near death experience could make any rider call it quits but not Tag. He not only got back in the saddle, but has continued to compete at a high level on the professional rodeo circuit.

When he turned 18 he joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and went to the College of Southern Idaho on a full ride scholarship. While at CSI and during the first three years of competition Tag came close to gaining the CNFR bull riding title but it was just out of his reach as he finished second, third and fourth. After obtaining his associates degree at CSI he decided he wanted to use his final year of eligibility to compete with the rodeo club at Utah Valley University.

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