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Record crowds attend East Helena NRA Rodeo; community supports long-standing event

Bill Brewster

Photo by Bill BrewsterCraig Miller marked a 76 during this saddle bronc ride to place third on Sunday.

Father and son bareback riders captured the top placings during the July 8-10 East Helena rodeo with record crowds on hand to watch the performances at this popular Northern Rodeo Association (NRA) event.

“This year’s four-day rodeo brought close to 4,700 people to the rodeo grounds,” according to Sheila Nordahl. Nordahl, who has been on the board and served as chairman of many committees over the years, is currently the public affairs and media representative.

Nordahl said the largest attendance was on Saturday night when more than 2,000 fans filled the stands. In addition, she said the annual parade featured a record number of entries.

Ben Wrzesinski, who was the 2010 bareback champion won the bareback event with a marking of 79. His son, Cavan, marked a 75 during the Sunday afternoon performance to split second and third with Chase Redfield of Dillon. Redfield is University of Montana Western team member.

As of July 8, Cavan Wrzesinski is leading the NRA bareback standings with $2,673.36 in earnings to $2,158.08 for his father, Ben, who holds second place in the standings.

When the runs were finished, Stephanie Newman of Melstone posted a top time of 17.59 to win the barrel racing while competing against a large field of contestants.

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Cole Thorseson of Lovell, WY, and Brian Dawson of Wisdom, MT, each marked 79s on Big Circle’s tough roughstock to split first and second in the saddle bronc riding.

Father and son bareback riders captured the top placings during the July 8-10 East Helena rodeo with record crowds on hand to watch the performances at this popular Northern Rodeo Association (NRA) event.

“This year’s four-day rodeo brought close to 4,700 people to the rodeo grounds,” according to Sheila Nordahl. Nordahl, who has been on the board and served as chairman of many committees over the years, is currently the public affairs and media representative.

Nordahl said the largest attendance was on Saturday night when more than 2,000 fans filled the stands. In addition, she said the annual parade featured a record number of entries.

Ben Wrzesinski, who was the 2010 bareback champion won the bareback event with a marking of 79. His son, Cavan, marked a 75 during the Sunday afternoon performance to split second and third with Chase Redfield of Dillon. Redfield is University of Montana Western team member.

As of July 8, Cavan Wrzesinski is leading the NRA bareback standings with $2,673.36 in earnings to $2,158.08 for his father, Ben, who holds second place in the standings.

When the runs were finished, Stephanie Newman of Melstone posted a top time of 17.59 to win the barrel racing while competing against a large field of contestants.

Cole Thorseson of Lovell, WY, and Brian Dawson of Wisdom, MT, each marked 79s on Big Circle’s tough roughstock to split first and second in the saddle bronc riding.

Father and son bareback riders captured the top placings during the July 8-10 East Helena rodeo with record crowds on hand to watch the performances at this popular Northern Rodeo Association (NRA) event.

“This year’s four-day rodeo brought close to 4,700 people to the rodeo grounds,” according to Sheila Nordahl. Nordahl, who has been on the board and served as chairman of many committees over the years, is currently the public affairs and media representative.

Nordahl said the largest attendance was on Saturday night when more than 2,000 fans filled the stands. In addition, she said the annual parade featured a record number of entries.

Ben Wrzesinski, who was the 2010 bareback champion won the bareback event with a marking of 79. His son, Cavan, marked a 75 during the Sunday afternoon performance to split second and third with Chase Redfield of Dillon. Redfield is University of Montana Western team member.

As of July 8, Cavan Wrzesinski is leading the NRA bareback standings with $2,673.36 in earnings to $2,158.08 for his father, Ben, who holds second place in the standings.

When the runs were finished, Stephanie Newman of Melstone posted a top time of 17.59 to win the barrel racing while competing against a large field of contestants.

Cole Thorseson of Lovell, WY, and Brian Dawson of Wisdom, MT, each marked 79s on Big Circle’s tough roughstock to split first and second in the saddle bronc riding.

Father and son bareback riders captured the top placings during the July 8-10 East Helena rodeo with record crowds on hand to watch the performances at this popular Northern Rodeo Association (NRA) event.

“This year’s four-day rodeo brought close to 4,700 people to the rodeo grounds,” according to Sheila Nordahl. Nordahl, who has been on the board and served as chairman of many committees over the years, is currently the public affairs and media representative.

Nordahl said the largest attendance was on Saturday night when more than 2,000 fans filled the stands. In addition, she said the annual parade featured a record number of entries.

Ben Wrzesinski, who was the 2010 bareback champion won the bareback event with a marking of 79. His son, Cavan, marked a 75 during the Sunday afternoon performance to split second and third with Chase Redfield of Dillon. Redfield is University of Montana Western team member.

As of July 8, Cavan Wrzesinski is leading the NRA bareback standings with $2,673.36 in earnings to $2,158.08 for his father, Ben, who holds second place in the standings.

When the runs were finished, Stephanie Newman of Melstone posted a top time of 17.59 to win the barrel racing while competing against a large field of contestants.

Cole Thorseson of Lovell, WY, and Brian Dawson of Wisdom, MT, each marked 79s on Big Circle’s tough roughstock to split first and second in the saddle bronc riding.

Father and son bareback riders captured the top placings during the July 8-10 East Helena rodeo with record crowds on hand to watch the performances at this popular Northern Rodeo Association (NRA) event.

“This year’s four-day rodeo brought close to 4,700 people to the rodeo grounds,” according to Sheila Nordahl. Nordahl, who has been on the board and served as chairman of many committees over the years, is currently the public affairs and media representative.

Nordahl said the largest attendance was on Saturday night when more than 2,000 fans filled the stands. In addition, she said the annual parade featured a record number of entries.

Ben Wrzesinski, who was the 2010 bareback champion won the bareback event with a marking of 79. His son, Cavan, marked a 75 during the Sunday afternoon performance to split second and third with Chase Redfield of Dillon. Redfield is University of Montana Western team member.

As of July 8, Cavan Wrzesinski is leading the NRA bareback standings with $2,673.36 in earnings to $2,158.08 for his father, Ben, who holds second place in the standings.

When the runs were finished, Stephanie Newman of Melstone posted a top time of 17.59 to win the barrel racing while competing against a large field of contestants.

Cole Thorseson of Lovell, WY, and Brian Dawson of Wisdom, MT, each marked 79s on Big Circle’s tough roughstock to split first and second in the saddle bronc riding.

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