1/5/2011 - Billy Bugenig, an assistant coach for the Feather River College rodeo team, tied for first place in steer wrestling at the 2010
Billy Bugenig, one of the top steer wrestlers in the country, helps coach rodeo at Feather River College. Also pictured is his horse, Smarty.
National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, earning almost $70,000 in prize money over the 10-day event Dec. 2-11.
For the past three years, Bugenig has been competing full-time in professional rodeo. This was his first year to reach the national finals, although he came close to qualifying the previous two years.
To qualify for the National Finals Rodeo, Bugenig had to finish among the top 15 money-earners throughout the year in his event.
At 6 feet, 1 inch and 220 pounds, Bugenig has the perfect build for his steer wrestling event, also called bulldogging.