Gorsuch wrestles a steer at the 2010 National Finals Rodeo.
Four cowboys, including Steven Dent of Mullen and Dean Gorsuch of Gering, will represent Nebraska at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. Two-time world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch will compete at his seventh NFR. Over his 10 year pro rodeo career, Gorsuch has won $968,000 and won the championship in 2006 and 2010. He worked for Kinder-Morgan as a pipeline welder until his breakthrough moment in 2005, when he became a full-time rodeo competitor. He and his wife have two young sons.
Dent will compete in bareback riding at the NFR. He has hopscotched from first to second place in the world standings all year, and goes into this yearís NFR in second place behind Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah.
Dent, an all-around athlete, played football and wrestled in high school, winning a state wrestling championship as a senior and leading the Mullen football team to its state championship his junior year, when he rushed for 2,488 yards.
This will be his fifth year to qualify for the NFR. He and his wife Kay ranch near Mullen and are expecting their first child in January.
Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer of Elsmere enters the NFR in 10th place in the world standings. He grew up on the family ranch and attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, rodeoing at the collegiate level before going pro in 2007. This will be his second trip to the NFR.
Trula Churchill of Valentine will make her first trip to the NFR this December. The cowgirl is married to Linn Churchill, who qualified for the NFR in steer wrestling in 2006. She is a former teacher and enters the NFR in 14th place.
The National Finals Rodeo has a purse of more than $5 million dollars and consists of 10 nights of rodeo competition, with world champions crowned after the final performance.
The rodeo runs Dec. 6-15 at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. More information can be found at www.prorodeo.com.