Photo by Denise Sullivan, NPCC
World Champion bull rider Dustin Elliott recently signed on to coach the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Club.“I’m excited for the opportunity to build a program that has all the potential in the world,” said Elliott. “North Platte is so rich in rodeo history, with Buffalo Bill Rodeo being arguably the first, and best, rodeo in the world. It’s only fitting that we have the best college rodeo team as well.”
Elliott’s interest in riding bulls began at the ripe old age of 10, when he came across his dad’s old rodeo gear bag. He started riding calves and steers and then graduated to mature bulls when he entered high school rodeo, gaining confidence with proper progression.
His dedication and determination led to success. He was the named Oregon High School Rodeo Champion in 1999 and received a scholarship to Chadron State College. He went on to qualify for the College National Finals three times and won the national title in 2001.
Encouraged and motivated by his success, Elliott decided to pursue bull riding as a profession. His decision was affirmed in 2004 when he won the Profession Rodeo Cowboy Association World Championship.
With four qualifications to the National Finals Rodeo and five to the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, Elliott has accomplished things that most bull riders only dream of.
“I would say that my success comes from dedication to the sport for over 15 years of riding bulls at all levels,” he said.
Although his career in bull riding is far from over, Elliott didn’t hesitate when offered the position of MPCC Rodeo Club coach.
“I want to give back to the sport that has provided so many opportunities to be successful and set good examples,” he said. “I hope to help MPCC build a nationally ranked collegiate rodeo team and become a household name when it comes to college rodeo. The best way that we can do this is by recruiting student athletes with a goal-driven mindset and dedication both in and out of the arena.”
Elliott lives in North Platte with wife Cynthia and twin children, Ethan and Emma. Although rodeo is his passion, he also enjoys all sports, especially baseball and football. He loves to golf and spend time working on the ranch.
“With the support of this great community, I have felt firsthand how they feel about rodeo and their athletes,” he said. “I know we will not let them down with the success and character of the new MPCC Rodeo Team.”