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Cody Nance Champion Again At Mile High PBR
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02 May 2017  
Cody Nance takes a moment after gaining the lead in the finals of the 2017 Mile High Professional Bull Riding tournament at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott, Valley on Saturday March 29th, 2017 All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Cody Nance Wins Second Consecutive Mile High Professional Bull Riding Championship

PRESCOTT VALLEY- Bull riding fans in quad cities know the name Cody Nance, as he took home the Mile High Professional Bull Riding tournament championship in 2016. In front of a packed crowd in the Prescott Valley Event Center on Saturday night, Nance competed against over twenty-five other riders and successfully defensed his title to win the $15,000 prize.

“I’m very excited about it,” Nance said following the victory. “It’s an honor for me to be able to win and be a two time champion here at this event.”

After breezing through the qualifiers, the Paris, Tennessee native Nance got on an unfamiliar bull and rode to the highest score out of the final competitors.

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Cody Nance competes in the final of the 2017 Mile High Professional Bull Riding Tournament

“Just cleared my head and just treated him like every other bull out there,” Nance said. “He kicked over his head and did his job, he spun to the left, and got it on….just always feels good to stay on.”

Other than defending titles, Nance enjoys attending the Mile High Professional Bull Riding tournament due to the show put on by friend and Mile High PBR coordinator Judd Mortensen.

“Judd Mortensen is a good friend of mine and he sure knows how to put on a good event,” Nance said. “It’s some good money and he gives away good prizes and there is always good bulls expected to get on and good crowd to cheer.”

In between the qualifiers and the finals, the crowd was entertained by the future of the sport as children bull riders got in the rink. After taking his bull to the limit, Avery Mullins celebrated his fourth win in the category.

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Avery Mullins competes in the kid's category of the 2017 Mile High Professional Bull Riding Tournament

“I had a nice ride, got to cover, got to spur on him a little bit,” said Mullins who hopes to compete in the junior high finals. “I just felt lucky to win it for the fourth year again. I couldn’t have done it without my family and God.”

While Nance was preparing for his final bout, he was able to get a good look at the kids competing to be in his spot down the line.

“It’s exciting to watch these kids really try and give it their all,” Nance said. “If it wasn’t for them, this sport wouldn’t be able to continue…every single time they try hard and it fires me up to want to ride better because I see the young guys and how much faith they have and how much courage they have going against what they are getting on and they look up to us so we need to portray that as well.”

According to Prescott Valley Event Center General Manager Scott Norton, the 2017 Mile High Professional Bull Riding tournament had more ticket sales then the previous year as the venue was filled with fans young and old of the sport.

“Great event, great show, Very enthusiastic crowd,” said Norton who was witnessing his first big show as General Manager of the Prescott Valley Event Center. “Looking forward to having it back next year.”

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Fans at the Prescott Valley Event Center do the "wave" during the 2017 Mile High Professional Bull Riding tournament.

When the tournament returns to the Prescott Valley Event Center in 2018, Nance will be there to defend his title and try to pick up his third straight championship.