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2015 WSRRA World Champion Ranch Bronc Rider Justin Quint
story by Naomi Loomis, WSRRA Association Representative
Going into the 2015 Western States Ranch Rodeo Association National Finals, Justin Quint, of Akron, Colorado, was ranked 1st in the WSRRA ranch bronc riding standings, and was also on a qualifying team for the national event. “I had a goal for myself going into the finals, I was going to come home with a national finals buckle, states Quint.” As a second-year WSRRA member, Justin quickly became known as a bronc rider with a strong will to win. “It’s the battle with an outlaw bronc that I love, and the ranker they are the better I like them.”
This 38 year-old cowboy from the Northeast part of Colorado, says that a lot of good luck and a solid foundation put him at the top of the WSRRA Ranch Bronc Riding standings in 2015. His parents Tom and Sue, raised their family Justin, Josh, Jennie and Jessie on a cattle ranch in Colorado, that’s where they learned that hard work will pay off. Justin attended high school in Wray, Colorado and graduated in 1997 and he was a member of the CJRA (Colorado Junior Rodeo Association), where he competed in team roping and calf roping. Justin is engaged to Nancy Dreger and lives in Idaho. Between rodeos he rides a few colts and day-works.
Justin got his start on bucking horses like many other cowboys do; he rode the horses that weren’t supposed to buck. “The first bucking horse I had was a little red roan Shetland pony I called “Shermie.” The first day I rode him he bucked me and the saddle off in the middle of the round pen, said Justin.” In 2006, a friend of Justin’s convinced him to give bronc riding a try. They traveled to Lakin, Kansas, and he drew a horse from the J Bar J string named “G.I. Jane.” “How I made the whistle I’ll never know, but I won the rodeo and was hooked. Riding a ranch bronc is like riding a colt, or a fresh horse, the only difference is that in the arena you have 2 pick-up men to save you and it is shorter walk back, exclaimed Justin.”
In 2013, Justin along with a few friends from Colorado, entered the WSRRA Double A Feeds Ranch Rodeo and Ranch Bronc Riding in Bridgeport, Nebraska. It was there that Justin entered the WSRRA sanctioned ranch bronc riding event, and where he decided that being a WSRRA World Champion need to be added to his resume. “The thing I enjoy most about competing in the WSRRA is that it’s a family. Someone is always there to lend a hand if you need one. I’ve met some truly amazing people and made some lifelong friends. The WSRRA is all about keeping ranching traditions alive. I also like the fact that anybody can compete. You don’t have to work on some big ranch, and meet a bunch of qualifications to be able to come and play,”say Justin. The WSRRA is a family oriented association that encourages family competition.