CHEYENNE, Wyo. --- Cody DeMoss was the most successful saddle bronc rider at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for the third time in his career.
He won the title here in 2004, 2010 and this year earned $9,619 with a total score of 255 points on three bucking horses.
DeMoss said he had no thoughts entering Sunday's finals that he would walk away with first place because Wade Sundell, of Boxholm, Iowa, entered the finals with a seven-point lead over the next closest competitors. But Sundell failed to complete his ride in 8 seconds.
"He had to make a mistake, and for Wade to make a mistake is not like him," DeMoss said. "So I didn't really think nothing of it. I just figured I'd win the round and get my second average check and head on down the road and call it good. But hallelujah I'm glad God had other plans for me."
The win moved DeMoss from fifth place to third in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.
DeMoss started his season off with a big win in Denver at the National Western Stock Show rodeo last January and the prestigious Reno Rodeo in June.
He has eight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifications to his credit and will be headed to Las Vegas, Nev., in December to compete at his ninth. Last year he had to miss six rounds of competition there after sustaining a sprained wrist and broken shoulder.
DeMoss set the arena record in Cheyennein 2010 with a 91-point effort on Vold Rodeo's Painted Valley in the final round. He came close to that record this year with a 90-point ride on Burns Rodeo's bucking horse named Chugwater Blues.