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Preston Billadeau donates earnings to Minot flood victims

Courtesy photo/CowboyImages.netPreston Billadeau competing at the 2006 Minot Y's Men's Rodeo.

MINOT, ND – Preston Billadeau is giving his entire rodeo paycheck from the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo to flood victims in Minot.

The Parshall, ND team roper earned nearly $2,000 at the regional championship for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). “I’d been thinking I was going to do (this) the whole time,” he said, “but I didn’t tell anybody because I didn’t want to jinx myself and not win anything.”

Parshall is about 60 miles southwest of Minot, so Billadeau was familiar with the flooding of the Souris River and the damage it did.

“People don’t realize all those people who lost their houses,” he said. During the flooding, he and his family helped move a person out of her residence. “She lost her house. The water was up to the attic. Now she’s living in a FEMA trailer no bigger than my horse trailer and it’ll be twenty below soon.”

At the Badlands Circuit Finals, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, Billadeau and heeler Jared Bilby tied for second place in the first go-round, won fourth place in the third go-round, and won third in the average with a time of 40.2 seconds on four head.

The 28-year-old cowboy has competed at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo eight times. He has been a member of the PRCA for nine years. He farms and ranches with his family in the Parshall area.

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MINOT, ND – Preston Billadeau is giving his entire rodeo paycheck from the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo to flood victims in Minot.

The Parshall, ND team roper earned nearly $2,000 at the regional championship for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). “I’d been thinking I was going to do (this) the whole time,” he said, “but I didn’t tell anybody because I didn’t want to jinx myself and not win anything.”

Parshall is about 60 miles southwest of Minot, so Billadeau was familiar with the flooding of the Souris River and the damage it did.

“People don’t realize all those people who lost their houses,” he said. During the flooding, he and his family helped move a person out of her residence. “She lost her house. The water was up to the attic. Now she’s living in a FEMA trailer no bigger than my horse trailer and it’ll be twenty below soon.”

At the Badlands Circuit Finals, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, Billadeau and heeler Jared Bilby tied for second place in the first go-round, won fourth place in the third go-round, and won third in the average with a time of 40.2 seconds on four head.

The 28-year-old cowboy has competed at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo eight times. He has been a member of the PRCA for nine years. He farms and ranches with his family in the Parshall area.

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