First Bryan Altamirano Memorial Annual Benefit Bull Riding Rodeo
Bryan was a young cowboy born on August 1, 2007, in Blackfoot, Idaho to Aurelio Altamirano and Patricia Luis Altamirano.
Bryan had a love of Rodeo and was a dedicated and talented bull rider. He started riding bulls at the age of just 10 years old and he left everything in his heart in the arena. Bryan won 1st place at the State Finals last year which earned him a spot to Nationals. Bryan earned many awards from the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR), which he was very proud of. He was fearless and had a big brave heart. He was also on the Snake River Wrestling team and loved every minute of being in the gym on the wrestling mat. Bryan suddenly passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Springfield, Idaho just days after his 15th birthday.
We had the amazing opportunity to attend and be a part of the 1st Bryan Altamirano Memorial benefit rodeo held on Oct. 1st, 2022 at the Bancroft Rodeo grounds.
People came to support the Altamirano family and ride for the event from all over, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and of course our local support from Idaho. It was a beautiful day and everyone had such a fun time.
Wesley Mower was the head of organization for the rodeo, with Trevor Stark, Aaron Capson, and Riley Butler as pickup men. We wanted to thank the stock contractors, Chad Casperson and Bill Clark and the Bullfighters, Kaleb Mower, Tate Fonnesbeck, Antonio Hollum, and funny man, Shane Haggard. Another big thanks goes to the Mower family who helped put on the entire rodeo.
There were over 40 entries of Bullriders total. They had Senior Bulls, Junior Bulls and Mini Bulls. They had practice runs, non competitive, and runs after the rodeo. Our son Wyatt Stark, age 8, rode his 1st mini-bull for the 1st time ever after the rodeo to practice. Made it 4 seconds and did well!
The very last Bull that was bucked out was a tribute ghost run for Bryan with his chaps tied off to the bull when he was turned out. It was very emotional for everyone to watch and great to see Bryan's last ride.
There were several donations not only for the event but to the Altamirano family. There was a live auction held in between the bull riding of donated items such as gear, services (horseshoeing, car detailing, pip changes, etc), beef and beefalo meat packages from us, Triangle S Livestock, and many many more donations auctioned off.
All money raised in the silent auction was donated to the Altamirano family. All of the expenses for the event were donated such as the rodeo location, rent for the bulls, hay for the bulls, EMT’s, buckles, shirts, custom sweatshirts, and so much more. On top of all of this, thousands of dollars were donated to the Altamirano family to help with any expenses.
This event will now become an annual event to always remember the young bull rider, Bryan Altamirano, and his wonderful family. Everyone had an amazing time at this event and it was truly amazing to see the rodeo and ranching community come together as a family and support a family in need.
Look out for information coming in the coming months for the 2nd annual Bryan Altamirano rough stock Benefit Rodeo in 2023 as we plan to not only attend, volunteer and donate time and funds but also possibly compete if Wyatt decides to compete next year…we'll see! Congrats to all of the winners and most of all Condolences to the Altamirano family and we hope this event helps with healing as Bryan will always be remembered!
To learn more and keep tabs on future events for this annual event please go to the Bryan Altamirano Memorial Benefit Facebook page or reach out to us too!