CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Cody DeMoss says he waited three years for the opportunity to draw a spirited bucking horse he admired named Painted Valley.
He finally got his chance at none other than the Cheyenne Frontier Days finals.
Astride Painted Valley, DeMoss broke the Frontier Days saddle bronc record Sunday with a score of 91. The previous record, 90, dated to 2004.
"He's special," DeMoss said of the horse. "He's dang sure special."
Not only did DeMoss break the record, he won the overall saddle bronc title following rides of 86 and 77 earlier in the week. He'd entered the final round ranked fifth.
The final day of Frontier Days brought a combination of upsets and hang-on-to-win victories. Like DeMoss in saddle bronc riding, Clint Arave came from behind to win the tie-down roping title. Cody Moore continued to dominate steer wrestling and Wesley Silcox bull riding, and both of those men won the championships in their events.
No other saddle bronc rider Sunday came close to DeMoss' record, although Heith DeMoss literally landed on his feet and scored an 87. The younger brother of Cody DeMoss finished fourth overall.
Bradley Harter, of Weatherford, Texas, came in second in saddle bronc riding and Sam Spreadborough, of Snyder, Texas, took third.
The horse wasn't a matter of chance but a considered decision in the case of Arave, a tie-down roper from Blackfoot, Idaho. Arave's 12.9-second time was best of the day and good for the overall tie-down title.
Arave was ranked fourth headed into the finals.
He rode an 18-year-old gelding that used to belong to his brother. The horse was too good, he said, not to take to the "Daddy of 'em All" Frontier Days rodeo.
"I really thought I had nothing to lose. I had everything to gain," Arave said.
Cody Ohl, of Hico, Texas, had a time of 13.3 and took second overall in tie-down roping. Clay Cowan, of Highmore, S.D., had a 13.4 and finished third overall.
In bull riding, Silcox tied the arena record to win the title. He kept hold of a beast named Kim Johnston to score a 94 in the last bull ride over nearly two weeks of rodeo.
Silcox, of Santaquin, Utah, earlier scored an 85 and an 81 to take a solid lead heading into Sunday's final round.
In steer wrestling, Cody Moore, of Artesia, N.M., quickly caught up with and muscled over a steer in 9.4 seconds to win the championship. Moore's previous times of 6.6 and 6.2 were among the fastest steer wrestling times at this year's Frontier Days.
Jule Hazen, of Ashland, Kan., was just a tenth of a second slower on Sunday than Moore, finishing in 9.5. He remained well out of reach of the overall title, however, taking second.
Casey McMillen, of Redmond, Ore., had a 9.6 for third overall in steer wrestling.
Cheyenne Frontier Days bills itself as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration.