Rodeo community to host 1st Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Bronc's

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Just over a month ago Western Slope ranch bronc rider Hunter Norman lost his life in a car accident. Now the rodeo community is coming together to put on an event in remembrance of the 20 year old cowboy.

The Western Slope rodeo community will be putting on the first annual Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Bronc's event.

"This is our way of remembering him. He loved to ride bucking horses and everything he did it was at 110 percent. So, this is our way of letting his legacy live on,"said event organizer Tyler Williams.

The rodeo will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 7:00 P.M. at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The event is expected to bring in over 50 riders from around the area, highlighted by longtime Fruita bull rider Tony Mendes.

Mendes has qualified twice for the Wranger National Finals Rodeo. He will be making a comeback at the Memorial rodeo after sitting out the past two years with an injury.

Gates will open at 5:00 P.M. the night of the event at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

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