Saddle Bronc Rider Cole Elshere, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Cole Elshere will be making his first appearance in the WNFR in 14th place. In 2012 he has won the NILE Pro Rodeo (Billings, Mont.), the Yellowstone River Round-Up (Billings, Mont.),  the Range Days Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.), the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.), the North Central Rodeo (Medford, Wis.), and was Co-champion at the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo (Albuquerque, N.M.), the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.)(Oct. 2011), and the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.


In 2011 Cole won A Tribute to Chris Ledoux Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.); the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair & Rodeo; the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo and the Oregon Trail Rodeo (Hastings, Neb.), and finished 36th in the world standings with $20,838.
In 2010 he won the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo; the Range Days Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.); the Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza; the Kit Carson County Fair & Rodeo (Burlington, Colo.) and the Capitol Legends PRCA Rodeo (Fort Pierre, S.D.). He was Co-champion at the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.), and finished with earnings of $20,611 while competing on his permit.
In 2009 he won the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.); the Ashley (N.D.) Rodeo and the Rosebud (S.D.) Casino, and was Co-champion at the Energy Town Pro Rodeo (Gillette, Wyo.) and at the Sturgis (S.D.) Western Heritage Rodeo. He was Badlands Circuit year-end champion.


As an amateur Cole was the Central Rocky Mountain Region saddle bronc riding point’s leader in 2010.


The 5-8, 145 Cole is single. His parents, Andy and Donella Elshere, are ranchers. He has a sister, Kami. His cousins J.J. and Ryan Elshere are PRCA saddle bronc riders, and he names J.J., a four-time Wrangler NFR qualifier, as his “rodeo idol.” He works on the family ranch when he is not on the road competing. He graduated from Faith (S.D.) High School in 2008 in a class of 15. Cole enjoys hunting, watching pro football and playing cribbage. His favorite rodeo is the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 because of its “hometown feel.” His favorite movie is Almost Heroes, favorite book is the Bible, favorite music is country and favorite meal is steak. His dream livestock draw is Burch Rodeo Company’s Lunatic Fringe.