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Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo draws top ranch hands

A total of 56 teams will compete for the coveted title of the 2016 Black Hills Stock Show® Ranch Rodeo Champion. The event draws 4-man teams from across the region to compete for over $30,000 in cash and prizes on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the James Kjerstad Event Center located on the Central States Fairgrounds.

"All teams will compete in the prelims with only the best to compete in the finals," says Kevin Schmidt, chair of the Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo Committee. "The champion team members will receive a trophy saddle, cash prizes and bragging rights "

The Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo is a true test of who is the best cowboy since the competitors compete in ranch-like chores, but at breakneck speed. The preliminary events will begin Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. The field will be narrowed to 12 teams for the finals. The 2016 Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo and the Central States Fair Ranch Rodeos will automatically qualify for the final performance.

Among those champions are 2015 Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo Champions, Graff Ranch from Ainsworth, Nebraska. Together Josh Graff, Brady Graff, Miles Stoner and Clint Doll beat out a total of 53 teams to claim top honors at the 2015 event.

“All teams will compete in the prelims with only the best to compete in the finals. The champion team members will receive a trophy saddle, cash prizes and bragging rights.” Kevin Schmidt, chair of the Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo Committee

Lex Grooms of Porcupine, South Dakota, along with teammates Jeremy Langdeau, Riley Chihawk and Michael McPherson will also automatically advance to the finals after their win at the 2015 Central States Fair Ranch Rodeo held in August.

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Awards for the "Top Hand" contestant and owner of the "Top Horse" will also receive a trophy saddle in a special judging during the preliminary event.

The original Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo Finals begin with a Team Calcutta at 5:30 p.m. where individuals can bid on the final 12 teams and win cash prizes if their team does well in the finals. The Ranch Rodeo Finals begin at 7:30 p.m. at the James Kjerstad Event Center. Tickets are available for the original Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo at the BHSS Office or online at http://www.blackhillsstockshow.com

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