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Meged’s Moment: Young Montana cowboy stays hot on the rodeo trail, hoping for a win at the American

Haven Meged's debut at The American next month won't be the first time a student from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, has competed. In fact, Richmond Champion, a junior at TSU at the time, won the entire $1,000,000 purse in bareback riding at the inaugural event in 2014.

Tarleton alum Reese Reimer also earned a share of the pot three years later, taking home $600,000 in tie-down roping. All three of these TSU athletes have been coached by Mark Eakin, who has hung his hat at TSU for eleven years and was at West Texas A&M for nine years prior.

Meged qualified for the semifinals of The American at two separate American qualifier jackpots this winter, Alvarado and Lipan, both in Texas, giving him the chance to compete twice against more than 120 other tie-down ropers, some of whom will also compete twice depending on their respective qualifications.

Semifinal competitors will vie to return to the top 20, then to the top 5 to join the 10 PRCA leaders—already qualified in their individual events—at the short round of The American March 2 and 3.

While the stakes are higher for winning The American, including a $50,000 purse up for grabs for the top 20 in the semifinals, for Meged, this is just another rodeo in a spring stocked full of them and a winter already spent on the road.

"This rodeo counts toward world standings, so whoever wins that has a real good shot at the NFR," Haven said. "It's a heck of a win, $50,000."

Just this month, he and his traveling partners have been to Jackson, Mississippi, Rapid City; Fort Worth, Texas; Tuscan, Arizona; and San Antonio, Texas. The Miles City, Montana, cowboy—sitting 19th in the world with just shy of $10,000 from his efforts so far this year, though that doesn't count Meged's $10,000 in earnings in San Antonio earlier this week—doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon, except for May, that is.

"The whole month of May, I don't go anywhere. I'll brand and help my parents with the bucking horse sale, and at the first of June, I'll take off," he said. Bart and Misty, Haven's parents, own and operate Miles City Livestock Commission and own a ranch that Haven hopes to return to and run, once he completes his animal industries and agencies degrees and competes in a few National Finals Rodeos, which is the big goal this year.

"I hope to get rookie of the year at nationals finals and get back to college finals," Haven said. "I'm sitting good in college rodeo, and hopefully have a good spring."

Haven has spent more days in the saddle at rodeos than he has the classroom, but that doesn't mean his grades suffer. His dad makes sure they don't, but Haven himself doesn't settle for bad grades. "My lowest is a 92," he said.

While most people complain about Mondays, Haven uses the first day of the week to get to class and get caught up academically. His professors have been willing to work with him in his absence, giving him the chance and responsibility to balance getting a bachelors degree, competing successfully in the college circuit in both team roping and tie-down roping, and holding his own professionally as well.

Haven transferred this fall to TSU from Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, a two-year college, where he was coached by Jess Tierney, originally from South Dakota. In his sophomore year, Haven won the regional tie-down roping title and earned fifth overall nationally.

Since making the move to Texas, NFR qualifier Jake Pratt, Haven's roommate, training pal, competitor, and traveling partner, has been a large driving force for Haven's professional career.

"Jake is always there to help you; he'll pick you up and help you with whatever you need," Haven said. "They're pulling for you as much as you're pulling for them. We all want to win first, but at the end of the day, we're buds."

Competing at The American won't be Haven's first interaction with some of the elite rodeo athletes. His first shot at the big stage was in 2017 at the inaugural Cinch Timed Event Championship Junior Ironman, where Haven got encouragement from 24-time world champion Trevor Brazile. The one thing that Meged has in common with most or all of these rodeo athletes is ambition.

"He is very driven. I would not expect anything less than to see him at the NFR this year. He's a step above everybody, in my opinion, and you can see that in how hard he works," Eakin said. "Haven es one of the most talented, self driven, and focused athletes that I have coached in 20 years."

On top of working hard to be extremely competitive at his sport, Haven also does the legwork training his own horses, and he is more concerned with the horse itself and less concerned about the names on registration papers.

A black gelding that Haven calls Jaysnic got his start as a reiner until Haven bought him three years ago as a six-year-old.

"I like to buy them when they're a little younger, then I can get them to how I want them. I tied on him last winter for the first time, something just clicked, and that's when he got it," Haven said. "If I'm looking for a prospect, I look at the horse, not the papers."

A black mare by the name of Beyonce, that he purchased off a facebook ad, is Haven's back-up for the semifinals.

PRCA Standings

ALL AROUND

1. Eli Lord, Sturgis, SD…………………………$13,350.69

2. Bart Brunson, Terry, MS………………….$12,569.27

3. Steven Dent, Mullen, NE………………….$10,784.65

4. Hank Hollenbeck, Molt, MT………………….$9,181.07

5. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX………………………$9,173.25

6. Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, MN…………..$8,873.61

7. Delon Parker, Worden, MT………………….$8,586.06

8. Darren Morgan, Fort Ann, NY………………….$8,001.98

BAREBACK

1. Jared Keylon, Uniontown, KS………………….$19,431.06

2. Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, LA……………$16,598.73

3. Jamie Howlett, Rapid City, SD………………….$14,978.49

4. Bill Tutor, Huntsville, TX…………………………$14,591.87

5. Blake Smith, Zap, ND………………………………$14,065.22

6. Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, NV……………$13,235.12

7. Clayton Biglow, Clements, CA………………….$13,173.05

8. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, LA………………………….$13,141.80

9. Tristan Hansen, Dillon, MT………………………..$13,120.49

10. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, TX…………$12,852.08

11. Wyatt Denny, Minden, NV………………….$12,145.70

12. Jesse Pope, Marshall, MO………………….$11,808.37

13. Pascal Isabelle, Okotoks, AB………………….$11,641.59

14. Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND………………….$11,278.72

15. Mark Kreder, Collinsville, OK………………….$11,131.07

16. R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, CA………………….$11,115.69

17. Matthew Smith, Saraland, AL………………….$11,031.63

18. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, MN………………….$10,785.63

19. Logan Patterson, Kim, CO………………….$9,681.63

20. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, GA………………….$9,068.72

STEER WRESTLING

1. Ty Erickson, Helena, MT………………….$19,810.99

2. Riley Duvall, Checotah, OK………………….$18,824.14

3. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, LA………………….$13,027.07

4. Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, ND………………….$12,917.88

5. Scott Guenthner, Provost, AB………………….$12,278.88

6. Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, OK………………….$12,026.13

7. Jacob Talley, keatchie, LA………………….$11,035.67

8. Blake Knowles, Heppner, OR………………….$10,814.63

9. Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, ID………………….$10,516.59

10. Jacob Edler, State Center, IA………………….$9,993.53

11. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, SD………………….$9,006.00

12. Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, MT…………….$8,894.16

13. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, TX………………….$8,471.50

14. Gary Gilbert, Springtown, TX………………….$7,952.01

15. Cody Metsker, Taylorville, IL………………….$7,875.06

16. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL………………….$7,813.50

17. Blaine Jones, Templeton, CA………………….$7,728.65

18. John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, PA………………….$7,501.86

19. Will Lummus, West Point, MS………………….$6,864.46

20. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, AB………………….$6,598.89

TEAM ROPING HEADERS

1. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, OK………………….$14,713.69

2. Cody Snow, Los Olivos, CA………………….$13,345.71

3. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, TN………………….$12,025.01

4. Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, FL………………….$11,774.17

5.Pace Freed, Chubbuck, ID………………….$11,231.71

6. Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, TX………………….$10,878.57

7. Tyler Wade, Terrell, TX………………….$10,129.72

8. Tate Kirchenschlager, Yuma, CO………………….$9,697.44

9. Clay Tryan, Billings, MT………………….$9,621.05

10. Eric Fabian, Gansevoort, NY………………….$9,424.88

11. Jacob Dagenhart, Statesville, NC………………….$8,654.43

12. Clayton Van Aken, Descanso, CA………………….$8,648.16

13. Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, GA………………….$8,005.10

14. Lightning Aguilera, Athens, TX………………….$7,818.48

15. Bart Brunson, Terry, MS………………….$7,816.51

16. Eli Lord, Sturgis, SD………………….$7,510.58

17. Brady Tryan, Huntley, MT………………….$7,464.12

18. Ty Blasingame, Ramah, CO………………….$7,171.55

19. Will Clark, Erin, TN………………….$7,120.32

20. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, SD………………….$6,988.63

TEAM ROPING HEELERS

1. Jake Long, Coffeyville, KS………………….$14,713.69

2. Ryan Motes, Weatherford, TX………………….$13,856.97

3. Hunter Koch, Walters, OK…………………………..$13,565.65

4. Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, TX………………….$13,345.71

5. Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, OK………………….$13,113.14

6. Ty Arnold, Midway, TX………………….$12,680.98

7. Kory Koontz, Stephenville, TX………………….$11,774.17

8. Jade Anderson, Genola, UT………………….$11,231.71

9. Jake Edwards, Fort Ann, NY………………….$11,076.30

10. Levi Lord, Sturgis, SD………………….$10,302.83

11. Travis Graves, Jay, OK………………….$9,621.05

12. Zack Mabry, Piedmont, AL………………….$8,654.43

13. Junior Nogueira, Burleson, TX………………….$8,005.10

14. Wesley Brunson, Terry, MS………………….$7,963.42

15. Rory Brown, Edgemont, SD………………….$6,988.63

16. Chase Boekhaus, Rolla, KS………………….$6,744.79

17. Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, GA………………….$6,394.80

18. Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, CA………………….$6,066.18

19. Cade Passig, Las Vegas, NM………………….$6,059.17

20. Ike Folsom, Dillon, MT………………….$5,947.82

SADDLE BRONC

1. Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, TX………………….$26,322.65

2. Bradley Harter, Loranger, LA………………….$24,919.48

3. Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, MT………………….$23,461.91

4. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, TX………………….$22,466.12

5. Spencer Wright, Milford, UT………………….$21,466.81

6. Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, LA………………….$14,492.76

7. JJ Elshere, Hereford, SD………………….$12,984.50

8. Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, AB……………..$12,675.78

9. Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, TX………………….$12,402.38

10. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, SD………………….$11,742.86

11. Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, QL………………….$11,614.74

12. Wyatt Casper, Pampa, TX………………….$11,011.60

13. Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, AB………………….$10,754.43

14. Cole Elshere, Faith, SD………………….$10,456.96

15. Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, MT………………….$9,181.07

16. Dean Wadsworth, Buffalo Gap, TX………………….$8,605.41

17. Clovis Crane, Lebanon, PA………………….$8,410.05

18. Rusty Wright, Milford, UT………………….$8,210.00

19. Allen Boore, Axtell, UT………………….$8,000.76

20. Hardy Braden, Welch, OK………………….$7,402.89

TIE-DOWN ROPING

1. Tyson Durfey, Brock, TX………………….$34,524.46

2. Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, TX………………….$19,437.44

3. Cooper Martin, Alma, KS………………….$16,748.41

4. Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX………………….$15,614.51

5. Adam Gray, Seymour, TX………………….$13,705.35

6. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX………………….$11,361.99

7. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA………………….$10,232.18

8. Justin Thigpen, Waycross, GA………………….$9,803.52

9. Riley Pruitt, Gering, NE………………….$9,470.69

10. Clint Kindred, Oral, SD………………….$9,399.08

11. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, OK………………….$9,132.11

12. Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, LA………………….$9,001.68

13. Lane Livingston, Seymour, TX………………….$8,589.01

14. Tim Naylor, Hancock, MD………………….$8,502.12

15. Tanner Green, Cotulla, TX………………….$8,488.32

16. Haven Meged, Miles City, MT………………….$8,350.54

17. Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, CA……………$7,938.68

18. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, CA………………….$7,811.98

19. Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, OK………………….$7,779.93

20. Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, OK………………….$7,579.51

STEER ROPING

1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX………………….$20,718.37

2. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, TX………………….$18,624.02

3. Roger Branch, Wellston, OK………………….$9,265.51

4. Garrett Hale, Snyder, TX………………….$9,221.36

5. Shay Good, Abilene, TX………………….$9,025.98

6. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX………………….$9,011.26

7. Chris Glover, Keenesburg, CO………………….$8,359.89

8. Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX………….$8,303.37

9. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD………………….$5,776.31

10. Cole Patterson, Pratt, KS………………….$5,551.00

11. Ora Taton, Rapid City, SD………………….$5,346.86

12. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, OK………………….$5,215.24

13. Travis Mills, Gillette, WY………………….$5,061.88

14. Will McBride, Ogallala, NE………………….$4,909.49

15. J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, TX………………….$4,807.38

16. Tony Reina, wharton, TX………………….$4,802.41

17. Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, OK………………….$4,737.43

18. Cody Lee, Gatesville, TX………………….$4,576.33

19. Billy Good, Wynnewood, OK………………….$4,477.24

20. Bill Benson, Laurel, MT………………….$4,371.87

BULL RIDING

1. Parker Breding, Edgar, MT………………….$34,229.73

2. Clayton Sellars, Friutlandpark, FL……………$27,561.62

3. Jeff Askey, Athens, TX………………….$21,339.64

4. Trevor Reiste, Linden, IA………………….$20,291.30

5. Trevor Kastner, Roff, OK………………….$17,813.04

6. Brody Yeary, Morgan Mill, TX………………….$16,596.42

7. Jesse Petri, Athens, TX………………….$16,084.01

8. Dallee Mason, Weiser, ID………………….$15,957.51

9. Lon Danley, Tularosa, NM………………….$14,359.25

10. Trey Kimzey, Strong City, OK………………….$13,698.78

11. Cole Melancon, Liberty, TX………………….$13,172.68

12. Elijah Mora, Wiggins, CO………………….$11,359.10

13. Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, UT………………….$11,127.34

14. Nic Lica, Garden City, MI………………….$10,501.97

15. Jeff Bertus, Avon, SD………………….$10,022.51

16. Dustin Boquet, Bourg, LA………………….$9,940.38

17. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, OK………………….$9,110.43

18. Brett Custer, Elk City, OK………………….$8,862.37

19. Chase Dougherty, Canby, OR………………….$8,730.23

20. Dylan Hice Vick, Escalon, CA………………….$8,561.01

BARREL RACING

1. Jennifer Sharp, Richards, TX………………….$22,299.22

2. Ivy Conrado, Nowata, OK………………….$19,983.29

3. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD………………….$16,396.81

4. Lacinda Rose, Willard, MO………………….$15,681.27

5. Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, TX…………$14,725.19

6. Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, TX………………….$14,207.03

7. Ericka Nelson, Century, FL………………….$13,938.80

8. Sabra O'Quinn, Ocala, FL………………….$13,937.73

9. Leia Pluemer, Las Lunas, NM………………….$12,498.24

10. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, TX………………….$12,322.64

11. Kristen Spratt, Lysite, WY………………….$12,048.70

12. Michelle Alley, Madisonville, TX………………….$11,536.61

13. Kylie Weast, Comanche, OK………………….$11,520.66

14. Emily Miller, Weatherford, TX………………….$10,983.84

15. Kelly Bruner, Millsap, TX………………….$10,479.89

16. Shali Lord, Lamar, CO…………………………$9,918.06

17. Dona Rule, Minco, OK………………………..$9,749.57

18. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, SD………………….$9,741.30

19. Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, WA…………………..$9,480.22

20. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, TX………$9,394.78

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Thanks for the Memories, Bob

We lost one of our own. My brother-in-law, Bob Burke, passed away on Feb. 1, just a day after his 68th birthday. Cancer is a wicked enemy. He fought it valiantly. I won't say it won though, because Bob won. He had accepted his Savior recently and he went home to be with Jesus. Yes, he won. We lost though, because he is gone.

Bob was a larger than life personality and a big man. Being the second Bob in the family, he was often called Griz. It fit. He was big, burly and in a beard, had that look. He was also a teddy bear, as every little kid, from babies on up, adored and trusted him. We all did.

It didn't matter what was being done, Bob would step up and help. He was just plain handy at so many things. Not only handy, but in about any situation, could fine something to smile and laugh about. He was the source of many a practical joke and no one was immune. I think we were all on the receiving end of one of them at some point, but there was never meanness or malice involved. Always good clean fun. For example, a full pitcher of very icy ice water being poured on his youngest sister-in-law when he found her asleep in a chair. I was quite startled and remember yet him laughing and running out of the room, like I could have done anything to him anyway.

It's a wonder I ever married. When I was in my late teens he would see me at a dance or rodeo or something and literally loom over the boy I was with and ask him in his gruffest voice "What are you doing with my little sister?". Oh, at the time, I could have killed him of course. A few times, though, I was sure glad to see him. He ran off more than one unwelcome guy and on those occasions I could have kissed him.

Bob was one of the last of the breed who still pulled the lamb nuts with his teeth at docking. I remember him chasing my sister, his wife, around to give her a kiss when we were all done. His moustache might have been a little messy by then! For some reason, love him she did, but she sure didn't want a kiss!

I don't think I've ever known anyone else who could think as fast as Bob, and furthermore, act as fast. If something happened, he responded while it was happening. He was hazing for another steer wrestler one time and the steer ducked under the doggin' horse's neck when at full speed. Bob's hazing horse ran out of the cloud of dust, but when it settled, there was Bob, holding that doggin' horse down to make sure the guy wasn't hung up in the wreck. He not only saw the potential wreck but reacted. He stepped off a running horse and did what needed to be done.

Another time, his good friend was working the ring horseback at a sale barn. A bull came in the ring and got his friend's horse down. Bob was sitting up high in the seats, but ran down, jumped the rail, jumped the lower seats, swung over the tall ring fence and got the bull off of Jerry and out of the ring before anyone got hurt. It was all in the blink of an eye.

Athlete, cowboy, rancher, practical jokester, husband, Dad and Papa. He was all of those things. My folks adored him. He treated them like royalty, caring and compassionate always, and not above teasing my Mom until she'd get the giggles. He and Dad could laugh and tell stories for hours. I also remember Bob taking time off work, driving all the way to Belle from Sundance, and helping my Dad to his doctor appointments after his knee surgery. I was there but I couldn't lift and help my Dad like Bob could. He never made my Dad feel like he was less of a man for needing the help either.

There are so many memories. With over 48 years of knowing Bob, loving him as a part of my family, and watching a life well lived, there just aren't enough words or space in this column to tell the story of such a man.

Every time I make a sour cream raisin pie or watch someone else carve the meat for a family meal, Bob will be there. He'll always be a part of our lives. But oh does his passing leave a big hole in our family. He will be sorely missed.

So Bob, until we meet again on the other side, thank you for who you were and the great memories you left to us.

Rodeo Rapid City results

Bareback riding: 1. Wyatt Denny, 90.5 points on Fettig Pro Rodeo's Classic Rock, $5,682; 2. Richmond Champion, 89, $4,356; 3. Shane O'Connell, 86, $3,220; 4. (tie) Grant Denny and Clayton Biglow, 85.5, $1,705 each; 6. Mike Solberg, 84, $947; 7. Orin Larsen, 83, $758; 8. (tie) Blake Smith and Cole Reiner, 82.5, $284 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Eli Lord, 4.7 seconds, $3,259; 2. Ty Erickson, 4.8, $2,916; 3. (tie) Myles Neighbors and Hank Filippini, 5.2, $2,402 each; 5. Benjamin Robinson, 5.6, $1,887; 6. Clint Nelson, 6.1, $1,544; 7. Trevor Haake, 6.4, $1,201; 8. Chad Van Campen, 6.7, $858; 9. Brent Sutton, 7.2, $515; 10. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Billy Boldon, 7.5, $86 each.

Team roping: 1. Clayton Van Aken/Cullen Teller, 4.1 seconds, $5,273 each; 2. Lightning Aguilera/Ty Arnold, 4.3, $4,718; 3. J.D. Yates/Ike Folsom, 4.4, $4,163; 4. (tie) Ty Blasingame/Trevor Schnaufer and Travis Tryan/Justin Viles, 4.5, $3,330 each; 6. Steven Duby/Jason Duby, 4.6, $2,498; 7. Blake Teixeira/Wyatt Cox, 4.7, $1,943; 8. Tim Nelson/Jake Nelson, 5.0, $1,388; 9. (tie) Tucker Dale/Chad Ystaas and JoJo LeMond/Trey Yates, 5.1, $555 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Bradley Harter, 87 points on Burch Rodeo's Maria Bartiromo, $4,568; 2. Joey Sonnier, 86.5, $3,502; 3. Jake Watson, 85.5, $2,589; 4. (tie) Chase Brooks and Jake Finlay, 84.5, $1,371 each; 6. Layton Green, 84, $761; 7. JJ Elshere, 83.5, $609; 8. Wyatt Casper, 83, $457.

Tie-down roping: 1. Timber Moore, 8.6 seconds, $4,394; 2. Stetson Vest, 8.7, $3,931; 3. Riley Pruitt, 8.8, $3,469; 4. Trent Creager, 9.4, $3,006; 5. Reid Zapalac, 9.6, $2,544; 6. Clint Kindred, 9.7, $2,081; 7. Trenton Smith, 10.1, $1,619; 8. King Pickett, 10.2, $1,156; 9. Ryan Jarrett, 10.4, $694; 10. Catfish Brown, 10.5, $231.

Barrel racing: 1. Kathy Grimes, 12.72 seconds, $4,646; 2. Cally Kindred, 12.74, $3,717; 3. Jessica Routier, 12.76, $3,020; 4. Chris Gibson, 12.84, $2,323; 5. Samantha Flannery, 12.88, $1,859; 6. Karson Bradley, 12.90, $1,394; 7. Amy Jo Farella, 12.92, $1,162; 8. Lacinda Rose, 12.96, $1,045; 9. (tie) Cindy Baltezore and Lisa Lockhart, 12.97, $871 each; 11. Kaylee Gallino, 13.05, $697; 12. DeAnn Morgan, 13.07, $581; 13. Jenna Humble, 13.10, $465; 14. (tie) Amanda Harris and Shali Lord, 13.13, $290 each.

Bull riding: 1. Tanner Bothwell, 84.5 points on New Frontier Rodeo's Ur Next, $4,597; 2. (tie) Garrett Wickett, Callum Miller and Joseph McConnel, 83, $2,605 each; 5. (tie) Ardie Maier and Josh Frost, 82, $919 each; 7. Jake Smith, 81.5, $613; 8. Nevada Newman, 80.5, $460.

Total payoff: $174,809. Stock contractor: Sutton Rodeos. Sub-contractors: New West Rodeo Productions, Fettig Pro Rodeo, Summit Pro Rodeo, Bailey Pro Rodeo, Burch Rodeo, New Frontier Rodeo and Sankey Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Jackie Higlin. Officials: George Gibbs, Carl Burkholder and Darin Boots. Timers: Kim Sutton, Amy Muller and Jerry Luckett. Announcers: Will Rasmussen and Wayne Brooks. Specialty act: Jason Goodman. Bullfighters: Josh Rivinius, Tate Rhoads and Cooper Waln. Clowns/barrelmen: Allan Dessel and Justin Rumford. Flankmen: Brice Sutton, Eric Jensen and Jesse Hill. Pickup men: Brent Sutton and Donnie Moore. Photographers: Clay Guardipee and Jackie Jensen. Music director: Jersey Jake Ostrum III.

–PRCA

Iowa Quarter Horse Association launches Ranch Horse Stallion Breeders Program and Futurity

The Iowa Quarter Horse Association (IQHA) is excited to announce its new program: The Iowa Quarter Horse Ranch Horse Stallion Breeders Program and Futurity. Its purpose is to provide AQHA ranch bred stallion owner's opportunities to promote, exhibit and showcase their offspring. All AQHA stallions are eligible for this futurity, whether they reside in or outside of Iowa within the lower 48 states.

In 2019, founding members can enroll their stallions for an introductory enrollment fee of $350.00 from now until May 1st. After May 1st thru July 1st the fee goes up to $450.00. This fee will not be increased for founding members during the first five years of the program so long as they maintain the enrollment fee each year. No IQHA membership is required to enroll stallions.

Introductory Ranch Horse Stallion Breeder Futurity classes will be offered at the 2019 IQHA Futurity September 26-29 in Des Moines, IA. A variety of jackpot class offerings for the current yearling thru 4 year old offspring of enrolled stallions includes conformation, ideal ranch horse (a combination of ranch pleasure and ranch conformation), ranch riding, ranch trail, working ranch horse and boxing.

Follow us on Facebook IQHA Ranch Horse Stallion Breeders Program and Futurity. We also have IQHA Ranch Horse Futurity For Sale Page which features offspring eligible for the futurity and jackpot classes. We encourage you to check out the website for more details and information: https://www.iowaquarterhorse.com/stallion-auction-futurities/ranch-horse-futurity/ If you have questions please reach out to: Shane Vaughan-committee chair, (940) 765–7177; Matt Winters- IQHA Vice President (563) 929-0046 or Cassie Winters- committee secretary (563) 379-6435.

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Doesn’t get any better: As Good as it Gets honored by South Dakota Quarter Horse Association

When Julie Sebring was in her late teens, her father, Neil, purchased a two-year-old American Quarter Horse stud colt. The colt's name was As Good As It Gets, and to many who knew him or his progeny, he was the epitome of his name.

"He was one of the best minded horses you could ever imagine," Sebring says. "He was just quiet and kind. We called him Maynard because he was so easy going and laid back, it just kind of fit him."

Her father owned a small band of mares and she recalls him always having one or two studs standing at their place near Brookings, South Dakota.

"I always enjoyed western pleasure so that's when he decided to buy Maynard for me to show," Sebring says.

As Good As It Gets was a horse that made a positive impact on the Quarter Horse breed in the surrounding region and for that reason, he was honored by the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association as the 2019 Influential Horse of the Year. Sebring imagines his impact could have been further spread, but his life was cut short when he developed an infection and, despite being rushed in the middle of the night to Iowa State University, he succumbed to the infection at only eight years old.

He was out of Invest A Lynx, out of The Invester, and by Zippos Mr Good Bar by Zippo Pine Bar and not only was Maynard put together exceptionally well, his temperament made him the perfect amateur show horse, something that he passed on to all of his progeny.

"He was the kind of horse that when you pulled up to a horse show you didn't have to lunge him for hours, you could warm him up for ten minutes and then go show him and he just did his job every time," Sebring says. "He never acted like a stud."

Sebring recalls going into his stall while the stud was laid down, holding his head in her lap and clipping his ears.

"It was just the little things like that, he was so kind and easy," she says.

Sebring didn't need a trainer to keep Maynard in show shape, largely due to his natural ability and his laid-back personality.

"I could keep him at home and take him to the show myself and still win," Sebring says.

For the five years Sebring showed Maynard, the pair saw great success in the show ring. As a three year old, they went to many local futurities, even futurities as far away as Minnesota and Wisoncsin, and Sebring remembers winning a majority of them on him.

The year that Maynard died, Sebring won the Limited Two Year Old class at the Quarter Horse Congress on one of his colts.

"We owned and showed some of his babies," Sebring says. "I had a few that I was just kind of getting started and showing and doing well on."

Of the 70 foals that he produced in his short time, roughly 25 of them were shown, mostly by youth and amateur exhibitors according to the American Quarter Horse Association. His offspring collected over 5,000 AQHA points, earning over 66,000 dollars in AQHA incentive money and over 13,000 dollars in AQHA World Show money.

"They were shown by amateurs, by youth," says Jim Hootman, a friend of the Sebrings and fellow horse show trainer. "In this part of the country, he was just an influential horse. A lot of his offspring were what you call 'do it yourself' type horses, they didn't have the trainers that worked on them all the time because they didn't need it. They were just the type of horses who could be kept at home and shown by the owners. They were very easy going."

Hootman recalls watching a young handicapped rider showing one of Maynard's colts, proof as to how well-behaved his offspring were, but unfortunately, Hootman doesn't know of anybody who kept a colt from Maynard for breeding.

Although it was almost 20 years ago, Hootman remembers his colt by Maynard well.

"His name was A Real Good Asset and he was out of an Investment Asset mare," Hootman says.

Hootman bought the colt as a yearling and recalls going to the Sebring's place to pick him out. There were two yearling colts in the pasture and Hootman discovered later that either colt he chose, he couldn't have gone wrong with.

"I broke mine as a two year old and he won the two-year-old snaffle bit futurity at Iowa," Hootman says.

Hootman showed the colt and put a few more points on him, then sold him as a four-year-old to a family up in North Dakota for their son.

"He had nine straight first places on him in western pleasure," Hootman says. "He was a real nice horse that just went out and did a lot of good and he was a real pretty horse with it."

The other colt he could have purchased that day was sold to a family from Milbank, South Dakota, and Hootman recalls hearing that he was ridden by a youth competitor and earned a lot of championships as well.

"Whatever cross they made on him [As Good As It Gets], it just seemed to me that they seemed to work out real well," Hootman says. "He really put a disposition and manner on them and they got his looks. All of them were real pretty horses, made well and built well. You might go to a horse show back then and there was five or six of his colts there. It's just a shame there weren't more."

Sage Kimzey will replace J.B. Mauney on Team USA-Eagles

ARLINGTON, Texas – Ahead of the first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Global Cup on U.S. soil, the league has announced the final rosters for the six competing teams, with five-time PRCA Champion Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma) set to replace two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney (Statesville, North Carolina) on Team USA-Eagles.

Kimzey, who was selected by Team USA Coach Justin McBride (Elk City, Oklahoma) and Assistant Coach J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Oklahoma), will replace Mauney as the nation's alternate. Mauney is currently recovering from a broken fibula sustained at the PBR Unleash The Beast event in Sacramento, California.

"It would be coaching malpractice if I didn't try and find the best available guy to step in and ride one bull," said McBride, who is a two-time PBR World Champion. "We both thought we would be doing a disservice to this team not to ask Kimzey."

Team USA-Eagles also underwent another change, with Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) chosen to replace Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana) currently recovering from a right wrist (riding hand) injury.

The home nation contingent also welcomed a second assistant coach in PBR Ring of Honor member Ross Coleman (Molalla, Oregon) who will help lead the team alongside McBride and fellow assistant Hart.

The PBR Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation bull riding competition, will make its U.S. debut, and third stop, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 9-10, 2019 with the 2019 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy. The new team tournament debuted in Edmonton, Alberta in November 2017 and then visited Sydney, Australia in June 2018.

The complete Team USA-Eagles roster is: Coach McBride, Assistant Coach Hart and Coleman, 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Buna, Texas), Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee), Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas), Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas), 2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington), Eldred and alternate Kimzey.

Team Brazil also underwent change, with Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) replacing Joao Marcelo Santos (Cláudio, Brazil) as the contingent's alternate after he was unable to secure a visa. Vieira is red hot, having won consecutive premier series events at Sacramento (Jan. 27) and Glendale (Jan. 20).

The South American nation's complete roster is: Coach Renato Nunes (Buritama, Brazil), Assistant Coach Marcelo Nunes (Buritama, Brazil), 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil), Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil), Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, Brazil), Fernando Henrique Novais (Pereira Barreto, Brazil), Bruno Scaranello (General Salgado, Brazil), Marco Eguchi (Poá, Brazil) and alternate Vieira.

Team Australia was the final nation to a have a change in riders slated to compete at the five-nation international bull riding spectacle.

After breaking his collarbone in Sacramento, Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, New South Wales) will no longer ride but instead serve as 1998 PBR World Champion Troy Dunn's (Bloomsbury, Queensland) Assistant Coach.

In his place, Kurt Shephard (Atherton, Queensland) was promoted from alternate, a void filled by 19-year-old Brady Fielder (Clermont, Queensland, Australia).

The final Team Australia roster is: Coach Dunn, Assistant Coach Burtenshaw, Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales), Cliff Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales), Cody Heffernan (Singleton, New South Wales), 2018 PBR Australia Champion Aaron Kleier (Clermont, Queensland), Jason Mara (Cloncurry, Queensland), Justin Paton(Nebo, Queensland), Shephard and alternate Fielder.

For the U.S. stop, the host country will add a team comprised exclusively of Native American riders, called the Wolves, competing alongside the other American team, the Eagles.

The all Native American Team USA-Wolves will be led by 2007 World Finals event winner Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho; Shoshone Bannock) and Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Mike "Bo" Vocu (Kyle, South Dakota; Oglala Lakota).

Their full team includes:, Stetson Lawrence (Williston, North Dakota; Chippewa and Sioux), Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma; Cherokee), 2018 PBR Rookie of the Year Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Springs, Utah; Navajo), Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona; Navajo), Cannon Cravens (Porum Oklahoma; Cherokee), Justin Granger (Tuba City, Arizona; Navajo), Colten Jesse (Konawa, Oklahoma; Potawatomi) and alternate Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana; Northern Cheyenne and Black Feet).

Team Canada will once again be led by three-time Canadian Champion Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan) who will make history as the first competitor to both ride and coach for a competing nation.

The remainder of the Canadian team includes: Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan), Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan), Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta), Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan), Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta), Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, Alberta) and alternate Wacey Finkbeiner (Ponoka, Alberta).

Rounding out the roster of nations set to compete at the history PBR Global Cup USA is Team Mexico. The nation's contingent is made up of: Coach Gerardo Venegas (Juarez, Mexico), Juan Carlos Contreras (Huichapan, Mexico), Jorge Valdiviezo (La Mision, Mexico), Edgar Durazo (Moctezuma, Mexico), Alvaro Aguilar Alvarez (La Punta, Mexico), 2018 PBR Mexico Champion Francisco Garcia Torres (Sal, Mexico), Francisco Morales (Irapuato, Mexico), Esteban Bustamante (Cuauhtémoc, Mexico) and alternate Luis Escobedo (Parras, Mexico).

The event will feature entertainment all weekend long including a Global Cup Fan Zone at Arlington's Texas Live! sports entertainment complex, which houses the new PBR Texas Cowboy Country Bar, the spectacular 18,000 square foot flagship branded bar operated by Cordish & Co.

The free, three-day Fan Zone at Texas Live!, from Feb. 8-10, will include a Native Fancy Dance Showcase and stop on both the Miniature Bull Riders and Shorty Gorham's American Freestyle Bullfighting cross-country tours, among other entertaining programming.

The Global Cup will begin on Saturday, February 9 at 6:45 p.m. CT, concluding on Sunday, February 10 at 12:45 p.m. CT. Each night, the seven riders representing each nation will attempt one bull each. Following that round, each coach will select two riders to attempt one more bull each in the bonus round.

Collectively, the six competing teams will attempt 18 bulls each, with winning nation being the contingent with the highest aggregate score over the course of the event based off their Top-12 qualified rides.

Tickets for the 2019 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy, are on sale now and start at just $10. They can be purchased at SeatGeek.com or the AT&T Stadium Box Office.

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JR Vezain wins Keeping the Faith/True Grit award

The winner of the 13th annual "Keeping the Faith/True Grit Award" honor was given a bronze of Shane riding the bull River Dance at the PRCA rodeo in Reno, Nevada where he set the arena record with a 95-point score.

The bronze is sponsored by the sculptor, Jim Maher, Jesse Drury of Road Runner, Inc. and the UCRA (Use'ta Could Rodeo Association).

The artist Jim Maher and Jesse Drury (Shane's brother) are proud to honor bareback rider J.R. Vezain as the winner of the 2019 Shane Drury Keeping the Faith/True Grit Award. JR is doing rehabilitation in Utah and is unable to be here tonight. Nevada Newman, JR's brother in-law will be accepting the bronze for JR.

J.R. grew up in Cowley, Wyoming, where he became a state wrestling and rodeo champion. Last September, he was getting on a bareback horse at the rodeo in Pasadena, Texas when disaster struck. The horse flipped over J.R. was underneath of the horse, felt his back break and couldn't feel his legs.

"There was a split second before everybody got to me, the arena was loud. The horse got up, stomped on my guts and I couldn't breathe. It was loud. But I was in this trance, my own little world, and it was silent. I heard a voice, and he says you can either accept that your back's broke and your legs don't work, your career's over and your life is ending, or you can give everything to me, believe that I'm that Great Healer, Start praying in my name and you'll get your legs back and that's what I did" says JR.

In seconds, the accident was over. His reaction to it is an attitude that will sustain him for a lifetime.

JR, 26, is recovering from his injuries. He had surgery in Houston and started his journey to wellness there before transferring to a rehabilitation facility in Salt Lake City.

He fractured two vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord, which caused paralysis to his lower extremities. JR, a five-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo who had never been hospitalized or had surgery of any kind, underwent a five-hour operation during which two rods and eight screws were used to fuse together his spine.

The entire month of October, JR was in Houston at a rehab facility. Now he's in Salt Lake City.

"I'm rehabbing five days a week, and it's been good," he says. "I haven't regained a whole lot of feeling, yet, but I am gaining some motor movements back. I've got all my lower abs, my hip flexors are coming back, my low back is back and I'm starting to get some glute (gluteal) and thigh activation. I can slightly move my legs a little bit. Slowly but surely I'm getting better and better every day."

Family has always meant so much to the young cowboy. His wife, Shelby, Provides him immeasurable help.

"She's the only reason I get through each day, to be honest," he says. "She's a trooper, man, and we're expecting our first child next May. She gets me out of bed and gets me rolling every day, gets me in and out of the car, takes my wheelchair apart, take me from place to place. She's my main support system. It's a huge blessing to have her here every single day, that's for sure."

JR says he has so much to be thankful for every day.

"Tons to be thankful for," he says. "One day, and I can't wait until the day comes, I want to give back to somebody else in need. That's for sure."

He casts no blame for his plight. Because, you see, that's not how this young rodeo hero looks at life.

"I don't believe that God intends for bad things to happen to people," he says. "I believe it's the devil that comes to kill and destroy. The Lord promises a prosperous life and he makes good out of all situations for those that believe in His will. I believe something that will be greater than the horrific wreck itself will come out of this whole situation. So I'm keeping my eyes on the Prize."

Shane Drury

Shane Drury graduated from Central High School, just across the street from where we sit tonight. Shane's legacy started in the rodeo arena as a bull rider. Perhaps that prepared him for his battle with cancer- the fight that would eventually take him from this earth. His determination in the arena served him well as he beat the disease once and returned to competition with Gortex patches filling his chest wall where ribs had been removed. Round one of Ewing's Sarcoma started in May of 2002, which included chemo treatments and surgery that removed the tumor, as well as parts of his ribs and a piece of his lung. After that, Shane returned to rodeo, first as a competitor, and after a second diagnosis as a judge. His Faith, attitude and perseverance were inspirational to many.

Shane had many highlights in his bull riding career, including a trip to Las Vegas to compete at the Wrangler National Finals in 2000. . Two years later, Shane was experiencing back pain that was discovered to be coming from a tumor. He approached cancer just as he faced every bull he ever got on – with the determination that he would come out on top. He did that to the end with a smile on his face. Cancer never got the best of Shane Drury; He saved that for all the people that knew him.

BHSS Broncs for Breakfast

1. Wes Aragon – $2,000

2. Jake Frazier – $1,200

3. Wesley Rosengreen – $800

Prelims

1. Cody McCarthy – $800

2. Wes Aragon – $600

3. Connor Dove – $400

4. Gatlenn Huddleston – $200

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McPherson Auction team takes BHSS Ranch Rodeo

1st Place- McPherson Auction 2

2nd Place- Promise Land Livestock

3rd Place- Broken Arrow/ Cross H

4th Place- Cowboys Till Death

Top hand: Clint Nelson, Philip, SD

Top horse: Ty Kenner, Wood Lake, Neb.

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