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With names like Filthy McNasty and Bird Leg Blues, the bulls must be mean and tough and ready to eat cowboys for breakfast.

The bulls join other Pistol Creek Rodeo Company rough stock headed to Las Vegas to try their luck at throwing cowboys in the dirt at the Indian National Finals Rodeo, Nov. 5-9 at the South Point Casino’s Equestrian Event Center. 

Pete White, director of marketing and sales for the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino, will be a pick-up man at the finals for the third time. White has been picking up bucking horses at rodeos for 11 or 12 years, and apparently he’s pretty good at it since the bronc riders selected him for the finals.

White was also in charge of the INFR Flathead River Rodeo held at the Polson Fairgrounds on Aug. 22-24, and that rodeo was chosen by INFR contestants as the rodeo of the year. 

Roper Zanen Pitts, Dixon, who competed in the Flathead River Rodeo, qualified for the INFR for the second year in a row. Pitts is going into the finals in eighth place in tie down roping. 

Pitts won the calf roping at the Crow Fair Rodeo, one of the biggest rodeos in Indian Country — and one that his father Terry won in 1988 — so he’s heading into the finals on a high note.

He also has a new horse, JareBear, a  9-year-old Peppy San Badger bred gelding. The Pitts’ raise quarter horses, but they bought JareBear because “he and I just clicked,” Pitts said. 

Excited to be headed to Las Vegas with his wife Kendra and new baby boy, Pitts said he wouldn’t be where he was if it wasn’t for the support from his wife, his mom and dad and the Scott and Lorraine Lynch family.

“I want to come out doing the best I can,” he said.

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