Mitch Pollock competes in saddle bronc during a rodeo this summer.
Mitch Pollock competes in saddle bronc during a rodeo this summer.
When the National Finals Rodeo takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in December, it will have a northern Nevada flare to it.

Local cowboys Trenten Montero and Mitch Pollock qualified for the NFR in bareback and saddle bronc, respectively. The duo earned enough money during the season to finish in the top 15. Elko’s Dakota Eldridge in steer wrestling and Fallon’s Jade Corkill in team roping will also take part in the championship event.

Pollock earned nearly $100,000 on the year to finish 11th in the saddle bronc standings. Pollock, who attended College of Southern Idaho, was just a few hundred dollars out of the top 10.

“When I started riding when I turned 20 I told myself that I could do it and make the NFR,” Pollock said. “It took a lot of hard work and believing in myself. I’d like to thank all my family and my wife for being behind me the entire way. I’d also like to thank my sponsors for helping me down the road. I’m pretty excited to represent Winnemucca down at the biggest stage in rodeo. Not too bad for a couple guys from Winnemucca to be the NFR.”

It’s a busy time for Pollock, who is also getting married this weekend to Jordan LaRoque.

“I’d especially want to thank my soon to be wife for believing in me and supporting me throughout the years,” Pollock said.

Montero, who went to school at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, finished 14th in the bareback standings. He earned $80, 757.11 on the season. He finished just over $1,000 ahead of Taylor Broussard, who was 15th.

“I always knew it was something I could accomplish,” Montero said. “I don’t think I ever imagined myself being there until I actually did it.  It was something I always worked toward and wanted. It always seemed like a dream, until I realized it.”

As Montero made his way up through the standings, he noted he did not want to put any added pressure on himself, as a trip to Las Vegas became more of a reality.

“I did a really good job of not looking at the standings,” Montero said. I just wanted to go ride by ride. I really didn’t feel the pressure until the end of the season and just how close I was.”  

Montero added he feels like he is just one of the guys on the circuit, being around them during the year and competing. 

“I just thought about riding each horse every time out,” Montero said. “I just want to thank all my sponsors and friends and family that has got me to this point. I am excited to get to Las Vegas.”

However, before the NFR in Las Vegas, the 2020 season is now under way for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit. THE NFR takes place from Dec. 5-14.