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Bullriding’s Best

Briggs Madsen-RideBriggs Madsen recently proved how talented a bullrider he is by claiming the steer riding title at the Calgary Stampede in Canada, one of the largest professional rodeos in the world. This is the second time Briggs, who is only 14, has won the prestigious title. He also won the Junior High National Finals just weeks before in Iowa.

Briggs, the son of Doug and Sonja Madsen of Honeyville, started riding horses when he was three years old. This passion for horses and the rodeo circuit was passed to Briggs at a young age. His dad used to ride saddle broncs, while his mom continues to barrel race and train horses. “That’s all we do is rodeo,” said Doug, “But I don’t know where the bullriding came from.”

By the time Briggs was five, he was trying a variety of youth rodeo peewee events. Before one of Sonja’s competitions, there was a pre-rodeo calf riding for children. Briggs tried it and summersaulted off the calf. Doug asked if that was fun and Briggs replied, “Yeah, I want to do that again.”

Doug said, “I thought he would never want to get on after that, but he just ate it up.”

Briggs got on his first mini bull when he was about eight years old. By the time he was nine he attended an event in Tremonton. Even though he was the youngest rider, he claimed reserve champion in the Interwest Miniature Bullriding Association. The next year he won that title.

“I was pretty talented at it (bullriding) and I just wanted to keep going,” said Briggs.

More about his Calgary Stampede win in this week’s Leader.


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