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Back Numbers Released for 60th NFR

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The highly anticipated release of the back numbers for the 2018 Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo has finally come to fruition.

The Top 15 competitors in each event will pin the following numbers to the back of their shirts or vests at the 60th annual Wrangler NFR at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Dec. 6-15.

 

The 2018 Wrangler NFR back numbers are as follows:

* Injury replacement for J.R. Vezain.

BACK NUMBERS ARE BASED ON ALL OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL MONEY WON IN ALL EVENTS, INCLUDING SR, EXCLUDING XBULLS AND SINGLE-EVENTS. WACO DOES COUNT IN 2018. ONLY CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS COUNT. NO GROUND MONEY COUNTS. CIRCUIT FINALS, RNCFR AND CNFSR COUNTS FOR 2018. IF SOMEONE DID NOT MEET THE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS FOR WACO OR CIRCUIT FINALS, THEN THOSE POINTS DO NOT COUNT (CODE 50). INCLUDES SR CIRCUIT FINALS IN THE PREVIOUS SEASON THAT COUNT TOWARD 2018 WORLD STANDINGS. WPRA TO GIVE TWO SETS OF NUMBERS FROM NOW ON, ONE OF PRCA-ONLY RODEOS FOR BACK NUMBERS AND ONE FOR CALCULATING THEIR FINAL WORLD STANDINGS.

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A miracle in the works: JR Vezain on the road to recovery after severe back injury

"I just saw a twitch in my leg!" JR Vezain excitedly told his wife, Shelby while speaking with Tri-State Livestock News about his recent back injury.

This is a big improvement over minimal sensations and reactions below the belly button of the bareback bronc rider since a bronc flipped over on him Sept. 22 in Pasadena, Texas.

He has been at peace with the injury since the very beginning and knows there is a "miracle in the works." The bronc had gathered up the strength to buck, but ended up face to face with the chutes, resulting in the horse going over backward.

Vezain knew immediately that he was injured, and in the short time it took for help to reach him, while in his "own little world," he heard a voice clearly tell him that he could either accept that his back is broke, he won't be able to use his legs, and his career is over, or he can give it all up to God right now, accept Him as the ultimate healer, and know that a miracle is coming.

When asked what he needed by the first few to reach him laying in the arena dirt, Vezain simply responded, "Prayers."

"I haven't doubted it from the beginning; I'm going to be a walking miracle before too long," he said. "This will turn non-believers into believers for His glory."

Vezain began his journey at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, where he first received surgery the day after the accident fracturing the T10 vertebra and some of the T9. Doctors placed two rods and eight screws from T8 to T12 and fused it together to immobilize the fracture.

"It doesn't matter what the doctors say, God is the great healer, but they can't diagnose anything until the spinal cord swelling has gone down," Vezain said. "They can't give me outcomes; they're going off of me telling them I'm walking out of here. If they give me a one percent chance, that's all I need to make it work."

Vezain was moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation & Research Monday evening, where he has received a brace to immobilize his torso from twisting or torquing and was fitted for a chair Tuesday that will offer him some freedom. Earlier this month, he began workouts and physical therapy, which involved standing for some time, playing Wii, and using an electrode machine to get his leg muscles firing and responding.

"It finally feels good to get busy again and get to work," Vezain said.

He currently has very little sensation below his belly button. He can feel slight pressure in his high hip, and when reflexes were checked in his knees, he could feel tapping on his knee caps.

For the next two to four weeks, Vezain will perform stage one of rehabilitation, learning to be mobile while respecting the amount of pressure his shifted spine can handle at TIRR, and while he must remain in a back brace for the next 10 to 12 weeks, he may move to a rehab center that can help him continue healing once the first stage is complete. He doesn't yet know where that will be.

"When I started this program, I told them they had never dealt with a guy quite like me," he said. "I didn't lose any upper body strength, so I don't have to work on my upper body to hold myself up; I just have to work on endurance."

He is considering rehab facilities closer to home, but he will chose more on the facility's ability to help rather than proximity to home.

"We'll sacrifice whatever we have to to get the best place. I want to go to the place that will help me walk out," he said.

Vezain's wife Shelby has been at his side from the very beginning, and, while they had planned on waiting to tell everyone their good news, the injury sped things along. JR and Shelby are expecting their first child in May of 2019.

"I have a rockstar wife. She has been here since I've been out of surgery," he said.

JR is a Wyoming native, and Shelby calls Montana home. The Vezains live a mile from Shelby's parents, TJ and Liane Newman, near Milestone, Montana. They just closed on a "chunk of ground" this spring and also lease land in the area to run their cows and sheep.

"We have the makings to make our own," JR said. "I would love to just be horseback and work our ranch horseback. I'm extremely excited for this new phase of life, and I'm at ease if I never ride another bucking horse, if that's His plan. If I can, that's good too."

The PRCA season ended Oct. 1 with JR qualifying for his sixth National Finals Rodeo, something that would have haunted some.

"I have a peace about it," he said. "I know God has a bigger plan than the NFR. I'm blessed to have the career I did have. I want to be an inspiration for some young up-and-comers that would fill my shoes."

A GoFundMe page has been set up as JR Vezain Recover Fund. "I've never been in a situation like this," he said. "It's overwhelmingly humbling."

Matt Triplett wins first PBR event of the season

GREENSBORO, N.C. – In only his sixth PBR (Professional Bull Riders) premier series event of the season, seven-year veteran Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana) earned his first win of the year at the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Triplett was second on the weekend going into the championship round and with a score 85.75 points became just the second man to go 3-for-3 during the two-day event.

Triplett began the night by riding Dang It (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Fogle) for 86.5 points before conquering Hart Breaker (Davis Rodeo Inc.) in the championship round.

The victory helped the Montana cowboy surge from No. 23 in the PBR world standings to No. 15. He earned 555 world points along with $37,200. Thanks to the tremendous effort in North Carolina he is now 3,766 points away from world No. 1 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) despite not competing most of the year after shoulder surgery.

"It feels so good to be back," Triplett said. "I feel really good and I'm happy to be back riding. I want to thank everyone for sticking by me while I was out, and I appreciate all the support from the fans and my family."

Watch Triplett's ride here.

Round 1 winner, young gun Cannon Cravens (Porum, Oklahoma), finished in second place in his premier series debut. The 18-year-old went into the championship round as the leader in the event after covering Rebel Call (Torres Brothers Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points.

Cravens was unable to seal the deal after bucking off Udder Lover (D&H Cattle Co./Bob & Jeri Adams) in 4.26 seconds in the final round.

With 380 world points earned, he made a huge jump in the world standings, going from No. 51 to No. 37. Cravens also earned a big payday in his first-ever UTB event, taking home $19,660.

The top bull rider in the world, Pacheco finished in third place earning 340 points towards the world standings. He continues to outpace the competition and is now 1,933 points ahead of No. 2 Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, Brazil).

Pacheco went 3-for-3 in the two days, making the whistle aboard Corn Star (Owens/Wyatt/Smith) in Round 2 for 84.25 points before covering Jack Shot (D&H Cattle Co./David Huffman) in the championship round for 87.5 points.

Pacheco and Jack Shot have met a total of 12 times in their careers with the two athletes splitting the series at six apiece.

Fellow Brazilian Ramon de Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) took fourth place, earning 165 world points along with $9,185.

Lima bucked off In For Life (Hart Cattle Company) in Round 2 before going 8 on Jaywalker (Torres Brothers Bucking Bulls) in the championship round for 86.75 points.

Lima is fifth in the world standings and is a little over 2,300 points behind Pacheco.

In his best finish since winning in Nashville in August, Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) finished in fifth place, earning 87.50 points towards the world standings along with $4,265.

Teel rode Calm Intentions (Torres Brothers Bucking Bulls) in Round 2 for 82.5 points but could not capitalize in the championship round aboard Short Pop (D&H Cattle Co./Shaw Enterprises).

The YETI "Built for the Wild" Bull of the Event was Udder Lover with a 45.5-point score after dispatching Cravens in the championship round on Sunday. It's the first Bull of the Event award for the bovine this season.

The top bull riders in the world return to action for the last regular-season event next weekend in Nampa, Idaho, at the Dewalt Guaranteed Tough Invitational presented by Cooper Tires. The two-day event begins on Oct. 20 at 6:45 p.m. MT and concludes on Oct. 21 at 1:45 p.m. MT.

In other PBR action this weekend, Rubens Barbosa (Iaciara, Goias, Brazil) won his first PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) event of the 2018 season Saturday night at the Rapid City Rumble inside Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in South Dakota.

Barbosa covered Shishkabob (Bob Whisnant/Good Ol' Boys) for 86 points in Round 1. In the championship round, he recorded the highest score of the night with an 89-point ride aboard Red Dawn (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls). The win earned him 120 world points and a $6,500 paycheck.

With the win, the seasoned Brazilian bull rider has also earned an invite to Nampa next weekend.

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Money in Minot: Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo determines champions in Dakotas

MINOT, N.D. (October 9, 2016) – It came down to the wire for cowboys and cowgirls in Minot at this weekend's RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.

After four performances of the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo, which hosts the circuit finals, year end (based on the amount of money won throughout the season) and average (based on combined points or times at the circuit finals rodeo) champions were determined in each of seven events.

Those two champions per event will go on to qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida, in March of next year, where $1 million is up for grabs.

Monies won at this year's circuit finals and the RNCFR counts towards the world standings, for those contestants who choose to rodeo full time and try to qualify for the world championships, determined at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR).

The only race that was determined before the circuit finals started was in the bareback riding.

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., had the year-end title sewn up before he got to town, because of his large lead.

And when the four performances were over, he also had won the average title, the most points on four rides (321). He won first place in two rounds and second and fourth place in the other two rounds. "I was lucky to place in every round and get on good horses," he said. "It was fun." Breuer is ranked the number twelve bareback rider in the world standings and will compete at his fourth WNFR in December.

It came down to the last run in the steer wrestling.

Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D., held off the other eleven steer wrestlers to finish as the 2018 Badlands year end and average champion.

He won money in three of the four rounds to have a total of 17.2 seconds on four head. In his final run on Sunday, he had the best steer in the herd. "I missed the barrier a little bit, and Billy (Boldon, the hazer) did a good job of putting him in my office. I almost screwed up (the run) but it worked out and it was fast enough to stay in the average."

The circuit finals might be over, but Morman, a 2016 Dickinson (N.D.) State University graduate, isn't slowing down. "I have to keep it rolling going into 2019. Tomorrow we leave for the All-American Finals (Rodeo) in Waco, Texas, and we'll stay pretty busy from here on out." In the world standings, he finished 2018 in eighteenth place. "I finished too close in 2018 to not go (rodeo) in 2019."

Morman won the average title last year and the year-end title in 2015.

In the last dozen years, no one has won more Badlands Circuit saddle bronc riding titles than J.J. Elshere.

Elshere, of Hereford, S.D., kept the streak going by winning the year-end title again this year.

He chased a WNFR qualification nation-wide this year and came into the circuit finals in second place behind Ty Manke. He won the first, second and fourth rounds but got bucked off in the third round, allowing Jade Blackwell to win the average with 302.5 points on four head.

The 39 year old cowboy is one of the veterans in the circuit and thought the judges might have known that as well. "A couple of those rides, it felt like they gave me some old-man-points, maybe. 'Thanks for coming, here's a couple extra (points.)'" This year's year-end title was his fifth; he's won the average three times. "I'm pretty fortunate just to get to come here and get on good horses. I'm actually pretty blessed."

Blackwell's circuit finals didn't start as well as he'd have liked. For the first two rounds, he made qualified rides but they weren't good enough to earn him checks. In the third round on Saturday night, when Blackwell won second place, eight of the twelve cowboys did not make qualified rides. Blackwell, along with Dickinson, N.D.'s Dusty Hausauer, were the only two cowboys who made qualified rides on all four horses. Hausauer finished with 298 points on four head.

There was a new face in the barrel racing, and it wasn't a human.

For the first time in a dozen years, Lisa Lockhart was aboard a different horse at the Badlands Circuit Finals.

The Oelrichs, S.D. cowgirl won both the year-end and average titles aboard her eight-year-old mare, Rosa.

Lockhart has ridden her buckskin Louie for years, and fans are familiar with the gelding.

But Louie stayed home this weekend and Rosa made the trip to Minot.

Lockhart was unsure of how her mare would perform. "I hadn't run her a whole lot inside, and I'd not run her in multiple runs. It was all to gain, nothing to lose by bringing her here. Sometimes you have to do those things to adapt."

Lockhart won first place in the first and third rounds and second place in the second and fourth rounds to finish with a time of 55.09 seconds on four runs.

"We just climbed Mt. Everest, as far as I'm concerned," Lockhart said, regarding her wins with Rosa. She chose to take a chance on Rosa at the circuit finals. "I really thought about bringing Louie, but it's always the bigger picture. I need to advance Rosa."

Lockhart rides Rosa differently than she rides Louie. Rosa "really likes to turn, and so does Louie, but the difference is everything she does is more theatrical. She's wired pretty tight, and therefore she's more difficult to ride."

She is ranked fourth in the world standings and will compete at her twelfth WNFR this December. In the last dozen years, she has won the Badlands Circuit year-end or average title ten times.

Tie-down roper Clint Kindred is headed back for his second RNCFR.

The Oral, S.D. cowboy won both the year-end and average titles in Minot.

He came into the circuit finals in third place, behind Dane Kissack and Joe Schmidt, and won money in every round but the fourth one, finishing with an average time of 38.6 seconds on four runs.

"I got off to a good start and drew good calves," he said. "It all fell together for me, really."

His fourth round run nearly ended in catastrophe. He stumbled after dismounting from his horse, but was able to make a 9.9 second run. It didn't earn him money, but was fast enough to win the average.

It was adrenaline that got him through the stumble. "After I fell down, it was straight panic mode."

Kindred won the 2016 RNCFR and plans on rodeoing full time next year.

The team roping year end winners were Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. (header) and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. (heeler). Average winners were Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D. (header) and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D. (heeler.)

For the second consecutive year, both bull riding titles went to Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

The Rookie of the Year was awarded to Chance Rosencrans, Jamestown, N.D., and the all-around went to Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb.

Awards were also given to the Badlands bareback horse, saddle bronc, and bull of the year. Yankee Rose of the Sutton Rodeo Co. won Bareback Horse of the Year; South Point of Suttons won the Saddle Bronc of the Year. The bull Cougar, owned by Bailey Pro Rodeos, won Bull of the Year.

For the finals awards, the Bareback Horse of the Badlands Circuit Finals went to Onion Ring, Korkow Rodeos. The Saddle Bronc Horse of the Finals was won by Bad Onion, Korkow Rodeos, and the Bull of the Circuit Finals went to Ace High, Bailey Pro Rodeo.

During the Sunday rodeo, the 2019 Miss Rodeo North Dakota was crowned, and Kara Berntson, Kulm, N.D., won the title. She is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University where she earned a bachelor degree in animal science with a minor in equine science. She served as the 2017 Miss North Dakota Winter Show Rodeo Queen. She is the daughter of Neal and Marla Berntson.

The Minot Y's Men's Rodeo is a not-for-profit venture by the YMCA Men of Minot, N.D. Proceeds from each year's rodeo benefit the Triangle Y Camp at Lake Sakakawea, near Garrison, N.D. Next year's Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo will be October 4-6, 2019. Hess and 4- Bears Casino & Lodge are proud sponsors of the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. National sponsors include the PRCA, WPRA, RAM, Cinch, Justin Boots, Pendleton, Montana Silversmith, American Quarter Horse Association, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Only Vegas and Experience Kissimmee.

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Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Minot, ND

4th performance October 7, 2018

Year end and average winners for the Badlands Circuit

All-around Champion: Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb.

All-around champion for the Finals: Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.

Bareback riding

Bareback Riding Year End Champion: Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

Bareback Riding Average Champion: Ty, Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

4th go round results:

1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. on Sutton's Time Rental, 87 points; 2. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. 82; 3. Nate S McFadden, Elsmere, Neb. 80.5; 4. Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 78.5.

Average results:

1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 321 points on 4 head; 2. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. 312; 3. Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 293.5; 4. Nick Schwedhelm, Fort Calhoun, Neb. 235 on 3 head.

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling Year End Champion: Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D.

Steer Wrestling Average Champion: Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D.

4th go round results:

1. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D, 4.0 seconds; 2. Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D., 4.1; 3. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 4.2; 4. (tie) Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. and Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D. 4.4.

Average results:

1. Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D. 17.2 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 18.6; 3. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D. 19.1; 4. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. 22.9.

Team Roping

Team Roping Year End Champion Header: Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D.

Heeler: Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.

Team Roping Average Champion Header: Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D

Heeler: Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D

4th go round results:

1. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 5.1 seconds; 2. Tim P Nelson, Midland, S.D. and Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D. 5.3; 3. Cooper White, Hershey, Neb. and Tucker White, Hershey, Neb. 5.4; 4. Shaw Loiseau, Flandreau, S.D. and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D. 6.2.

Average results:

1. Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D. and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D. 46.4 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 15.5 on 3 runs; 3. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 17.1; 4. Wyatt Bice, Killdeer, N.D. with Tel Schaack, Edgemont, S.D 18.7.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Year End Champion: JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D.

Saddle Bronc Average Champion: Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D

4th go round results:

1. (tie) JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 84 points on Sutton's Fancy and Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 84 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo's Dancing Bear; 3. Kaden Deal, Eagle Butte, S.D. 81.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 77.5.

Average results:

1. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 302.5 points on 4 rides; 2. Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D. 298; 3. JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 247 on 3 rides; 4. Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D. 238.5.

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing Year End Champion: Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

Barrel Racing Average Champion: Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

4th go round results:

1. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 13.53 seconds; 2. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 13.59; 3. Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D. 13.62; 4. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 13.71.

Average results:

1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 55.09 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 55.57; 3. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 55.65; 4. Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D. 56.33.

Tie-down Roping

Tie Down Roping Year End Champion: Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.

Tie Down Roping Average Champion: Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.

4th go round results:

1. Matt Peters, Oral, S.D. 8.7 seconds; 2. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. 8.8; 3. Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb. 9.2; 4. (tie) Blake Eggl, Minot, N.D. and Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 9.4 each.

Average results:

1. Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D. 38.4 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 42.5; 3. Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb. 43.7; 4. Mike Johnson, Henryetta, O.K. 47.2.

Bull Riding

Bull Riding Year End Champion: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

Bull Riding Average Champion: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

4th go round results:

1. Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D. on Sutton's High Roller, 86 points; no other qualified rides.

Average results:

1. Jeff Bertus, Avon , S.D. 168.5 points on two rides; 2. Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb. 168; 3. Ryan Knutson, Toronto, S.D. 77 on 1 ride; 4. (tie) Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D and Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, Neb. 76 each.

–Minot Y's Men's Rodeo

PRCA standings as of Oct. 8, 2018

All-Around

1 Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $216,127

2 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 188,678

3 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 137,179

4 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 110,274

5 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 109,006

6 Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta 93,237

7 Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla. 82,868

8 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 71,659

9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 64,759

10 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 60,005

11 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 59,712

12 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 58,754

13 Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas 52,394

14 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 51,351

15 Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, Minn. 49,216

16 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 47,556

17 Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif. 39,837

18 Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 37,945

19 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 37,554

20 Adam Rose, Willard, Mo. 37,259

Bareback Riding

1 Tim O'Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $187,250

2 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 172,428

3 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 135,166

4 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 130,655

5 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 119,835

6 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 119,819

7 Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah 111,022

8 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 109,420

9 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 101,403

10 Mason Clements, Springville, Utah 99,536

11 Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas 95,192

12 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 91,558

13 Shane O'Connell, Rapid City, S.D. 80,163

14 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 78,376

15 Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 77,497

16 Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas 70,017

17 Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta 68,638

18 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 67,793

19 Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo. 66,712

20 Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan 59,636

Steer Wrestling

1 Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta $106,009

2 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 97,625

3 Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 92,325

4 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. 89,662

5 Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 86,958

6 Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 84,527

7 Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas 83,711

8 Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont. 81,178

9 Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La. 80,717

10 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 79,479

11 Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla. 78,092

12 Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla. 77,643

13 Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 75,458

14 Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 75,333

15 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 74,706

16 Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta 72,957

17 Cole Edge, Durant, Okla. 70,876

18 Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D. 69,629

19 Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif. 60,663

20 Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. 59,828

Team Roping (Header)

1 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. $115,345

2 Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga. 114,952

3 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 106,396

4 Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. 96,990

5 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 91,863

6 Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla. 88,868

7 Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn. 85,342

8 Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz. 84,837

9 Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz. 84,044

10 Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C. 83,102

11 Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 81,554

12 Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas 70,444

13 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 68,354

14 Lane Ivy, Dublin, Texas 67,458

15 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 65,232

16 Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif. 62,906

17 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 62,716

18 Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho 61,826

19 Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta 59,347

20 Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D. 58,299

Team Roping (Heeler)

1 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil $115,936

2 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 115,345

3 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 106,396

4 Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 104,515

5 Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo. 98,439

6 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 93,133

7 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. 91,294

8 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 88,173

9 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 83,102

10 Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 80,361

11 Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla. 79,467

12 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 68,284

13 Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas 66,252

14 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 64,451

15 Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah 61,349

16 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 60,834

17 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 59,847

18 Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas 57,260

19 Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla. 57,107

20 Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla. 57,050

Saddle Bronc Riding

1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $168,101

2 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 165,078

3 Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 124,740

4 Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah 123,607

5 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 112,637

6 Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo. 111,588

7 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 104,176

8 Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 103,309

9 Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. 101,843

10 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 98,748

11 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 89,325

12 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 81,903

13 Joey Sonnier III, New Iberia, La. 79,114

14 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 78,790

15 Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont. 76,141

16 J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 75,774

17 Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah 73,767

18 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 73,573

19 Bradley Harter, Loranger, La. 65,457

20 Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas 52,912

Tie-Down Roping

1 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. $136,577

2 Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas 134,768

3 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 126,518

4 Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash. 94,294

5 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 93,768

6 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 92,772

7 Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 91,938

8 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 89,971

9 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 86,675

10 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas 86,483

11 Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas 85,428

12 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 84,153

13 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 83,373

14 Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas 79,083

15 Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla. 77,552

16 Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas 77,059

17 Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas 76,969

18 Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla. 67,040

19 Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas 66,963

20 Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas 62,752

Steer Roping

1 Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $89,427

2 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas 70,845

3 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 62,295

4 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 62,225

5 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 59,641

6 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 54,968

7 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 50,360

8 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 48,401

9 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 44,717

10 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 43,786

11 Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla. 43,624

12 Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas 43,560

13 Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas 42,636

14 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 42,002

15 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 41,106

16 Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla. 40,225

17 Jim Locke, Miami, Texas 37,042

18 Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas 33,631

19 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 28,457

20 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 26,134

Bull Riding

1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $297,026

2 Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 185,476

3 Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La. 114,588

4 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 109,737

5 Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore. 109,349

6 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 107,387

7 Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 106,431

8 Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla. 102,226

9 Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 101,583

10 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 100,932

11 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 99,973

12 Koby Radley, Montpelier, La. 97,258

13 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 96,163

14 Eli Vastbinder, Union Grove, N.C. 95,114

15 Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla. 94,396

16 J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas 93,769

17 Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas 92,183

18 Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. 91,009

19 Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla. 90,863

20 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 86,419

Barrel Racing

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

1 Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas $192,834

2 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 146,826

3 Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas 137,267

4 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 123,516

5 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 110,232

6 Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas 103,692

7 Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla. 101,715

8 Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 98,704

9 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 98,385

10 Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas 91,277

11 Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas 90,515

12 Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Okla. 90,496

13 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 89,127

14 Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove, British Columbia 86,947

15 Jessica Telford, Caldwell, Idaho 89,933

16 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 83,011

17 Teri Bangart, Olympia, Wash. 82,060

18 Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn. 78,993

19 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 78,264

20 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas 68,197

June Tibbetts brings home cash from Pink Buckle

Update on last week's story about Montana barrel horse trainer June Tibbetts:

June Tibbetts and Laced With Talent (Prime Talent x Just Suede by Feature Mr Jess) took a second place finish in the 1st Go of the Pink Buckle Amateur Futurity ($2,125 to owner, $250 to stallion, $125 breeder) and 12th place in the Open Futurity ($2,922 to owner, $344 to stallion, $172 breeder) running a 17.300. In the second go they placed 5th in the Amateur ($744/$88/$44); were 2nd in the Amateur Average ($4,250/$500/$250) and 15th in the Open Futurity Average ($4,208/$495/$248)

Rodeo cowgirl: Kristi Birkeland to be honored at Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Tribute Dinner

Kristi Birkeland didn't expect to be awarded this year's rodeo cowgirl honor at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Tribute Dinner. Although she still ties goats, her focus has shifted a bit from competing with ladies around the region to feeding her 16-year-old's passion for rodeo and her 10-year-old triplets' love for wrestling, football, rodeo.

The Dupree, South Dakota, rancher found her passion for goat tying in college and was successful around the state and region for many years.

In high school and 4-H rodeoing, she wasn't a one-event wonder as she was later in life. In addition to goat tying, Kristi ran barrels and poles in high school, and barrel raced in college at Dickinson State University before transferring to the then National College, now National American University, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Kristi won her first of more than 15 saddles in 1988 in goat tying as a senior at South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals.

"I think that first one's pretty sweet," she said. She has also gotten to witness her daughter, Sidni, win a saddle or two, and repeat the feelings of her own successes. Sidni was instrumental in solidifying the honor for her mom.

"She made the National High School Finals in pole bending and also won state senior girls gaot tying at 4-H finals in Fort Pierre this year. She had a good summer," Kristi said of her prodigy. "She also won state High School pole bending allowing her to go to finals. She got two saddles at two different events. I'm proud of her."

Once out of college, Kristi narrowed her focus to only goat tying within South Dakota Rodeo Association,.

"I was a very fierce competitor, and being in the goat tying and just a one-event person, I knew that I needed to do good everywhere I went to pay my way," Kristi said. "There weren't as many girls entered in goat tying so our paychecks weren't as big as other events, and I knew if I didn't win enough to pay my way, then I wouldn't keep going."

Kristi rodeoed in the days in which brand new, state-of-the-art pickups pulling $100,000 living quarter trailers weren't as common. Instead, she had a ranch horse turned performance horse, and she split the bill with one, two, or five traveling partners.

"I had the absolute best traveling partners. We would pack six of us in a four-door pickup with six to seven horses in a stock trailer with the nose full of saddles," Kristi said. "If you didn't have it organized just right, we couldn't even fit all our tack in there. It didn't cost a lot to rodeo then when you split the gas six ways!"

A friend who often watched Kristi compete at rodeos he entered says her work ethic and natural athletic ability are "amazing."

"She is athletic, sure, but she's also got no quit. 'Give it your all and worry about the pain later,' that's her mentality and what makes Kristi so good,'" said former Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association President Casey Olson of Prairie City, South Dakota.

"She's the perfect example of what you get when you are tenacious and you religiously practice," said Olson. He says Birkeland's dedication to practice was good not only for herself, but her horses, as well. "She practiced all the time. Practice isn't just for you, its for your horse, too. She would make the horse learn how she wanted it done."

Birkeland holds back nothing when competing, but gives it her all, every single run, he said. "Kristi proves what a person can do when you go with complete abandon, you don't worry about the wreck, you just go for it. She just goes by the skin of her teeth and that's why she's fun to watch," said Olson.

"I'm just glad she wasn't a bulldogger – she would have cut in on our winnings a little bit," he joked. Birkeland is very deserving of the award, Olson said, and said he's surprised she wasn't honored earlier.

Birkeland lost her most valuable rodeo partner this year, just last month. She won at least six SDRA goat tying championships on Walsh, a blaze-face sorrel Quarter Horse gelding.

"I had a lot of good horses when I was rodeoing, and one of the things I am proud of is, I believe, just about every one of them was horse of the year at one time, but my favorite has to be Walsh," Kristi said. "I got him from my good friend Alisa Nelson McGrath. She had an injury, so she couldn't rodeo one summer, so she offered him to me, and by the end of summer, I'd won enough to pay for him."

Both her nieces rodeoed on Walsh, as did Sidni, before the Birkelands retired him. He passed away at the age of thirty last month.

Kristi's sons, Cruz, Fletcher, and Tee, also rodeo and participate in local play days. Just this summer, they tried their hands at mini bareback riding and breakaway, and they have also done goat tying, the flag race, and calf or steer riding among other events.

"Once it's in your blood, it's pretty hard to get rid of. Now I can enjoy my kids, and I push them," Kristi said. "I wouldn't push them if they didn't want to do it, but, at my age, I do know how important it is. If I had pushed myself a little harder, I know what I could have accomplished."

Much like her kids, Kristi grew up on the family ranch, where the rodeo gene runs strong. Kristi's brother Ken Lensegrav is a former NFR bareback rider. Their parents Dave and Rhonda still ranch near Meadow, South Dakota, and though she and her crew live on her husband Jace's family ranch, they help her folks on the days more hands are needed.

"I'm still part of that; even though I live in Dupree, I try to get there when we're branding and shipping, and I still have my cattle there," Kristi said of her parent's operation. She helps with their production sale as well.

Her parents, Dave and Rhonda Lensegrav, were one of the first families to raise Gelbvieh cattle in South Dakota, and that breed of cattle led them to meet Jim and Barb Beastrom. After three or four years of considering Kristi a fitting honoree for the Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner, Barb finally filled out the nomination forms earlier this year.

"She was about 16 when I first met her. She was traveling by herself to go to these rodeos; she's quite a hand," Barb said. "She is a mother of four, works with her husband, and is involved with her kids. She's just one tough gal. I thought she was very, very deserving of this."

Kristi was the SDRA goat tying champion nine times, and reserve champion six times, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Great Plains Region champion three times, and a year-end champion in other regional associations multiple times. She simultaneously won the Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association year-end award and finals several times, as well as the Mid-States Rodeo Association championship.

"I'm very humbled by the honor," Kristi said. "To be honored the same time as Frenchman's Guy, just to be grouped together with those other people is amazing. I've known Glen and Yvonne Hollenbeck for years and rodeoed with Jake."

Click here to see the full list of honorees.

Badlands Circuit Finals: Elshere, Lockhart, Morman, more headed to Florida

Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Minot, ND

4th performance October 7, 2018

Year end and average winners for the Badlands Circuit

 

All-around Champion: Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb.

All-around champion for the Finals: Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.

 

Bareback riding

Bareback Riding Year End Champion: Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

Bareback Riding Average Champion: Ty, Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

 

4th go round results:

  1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. on Sutton's Time Rental, 87 points; 2. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. 82; 3. Nate S McFadden, Elsmere, Neb. 80.5; 4. Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 78.5.

 

Average results:

  1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 321 points on 4 head; 2. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. 312; 3. Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 293.5;  4. Nick Schwedhelm, Fort Calhoun, Neb. 235 on 3 head.

 

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling Year End Champion:  Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D.

Steer Wrestling Average Champion: Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D.

 

4th go round results:

  1. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D, 4.0 seconds; 2. Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D., 4.1; 3. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 4.2; 4. (tie) Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. and Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D. 4.4.

 

Average results:

  1. Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D. 17.2 seconds on 4 runs;  2. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 18.6;  3. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D. 19.1; 4. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. 22.9.

 

Team Roping

Team Roping Year End Champion Header: Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D.

Heeler: Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.

Team Roping Average Champion Header: Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D

Heeler: Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D

 

4th go round results:

  1. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 5.1 seconds; 2. Tim P Nelson, Midland, S.D. and Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D. 5.3; 3. Cooper White, Hershey, Neb. and Tucker White, Hershey, Neb. 5.4; 4. Shaw Loiseau, Flandreau, S.D. and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D. 6.2.

 

Average results:

  1. Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D. and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D. 46.4 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 15.5 on 3 runs; 3. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 17.1; 4. Wyatt Bice, Killdeer, N.D. with Tel Schaack, Edgemont, S.D 18.7.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Year End Champion: JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D.

Saddle Bronc Average Champion: Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D

 

4th go round results:

  1. (tie) JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 84 points on Sutton's Fancy and Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 84 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo's Dancing Bear; 3. Kaden Deal, Eagle Butte, S.D. 81.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 77.5.

 

Average results:

  1. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 302.5 points on 4 rides; 2. Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D. 298; 3. JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 247 on 3 rides; 4. Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D. 238.5.

 

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing Year End Champion: Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

Barrel Racing Average Champion:  Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

 

4th go round results:

  1. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 13.53 seconds; 2. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 13.59; 3. Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D. 13.62; 4. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 13.71.

 

Average results:

  1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 55.09 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 55.57; 3. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 55.65; 4. Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D. 56.33.

 

Tie-down Roping

Tie Down Roping Year End Champion: Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.

Tie Down Roping Average Champion: Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.

 

4th go round results:

  1. Matt Peters, Oral, S.D. 8.7 seconds; 2. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. 8.8; 3. Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb. 9.2; 4. (tie) Blake Eggl, Minot, N.D. and Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 9.4 each.

 

Average results:

  1. Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D. 38.4 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 42.5;  3. Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb. 43.7; 4. Mike Johnson, Henryetta, O.K. 47.2.

 

Bull Riding

Bull Riding Year End Champion: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

Bull Riding Average Champion: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

 

4th go round results:

  1. Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D. on Sutton's High Roller, 86 points; no other qualified rides.

 

Average results:

  1. Jeff Bertus, Avon , S.D. 168.5 points on two rides; 2. Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb. 168; 3. Ryan Knutson, Toronto, S.D. 77 on 1 ride; 4. (tie) Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D and Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, Neb. 76 each.

 

 

MONEY IN MINOT

Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo determines champions in North, South Dakota

 

MINOT, N.D. (October 9, 2016) – It came down to the wire for cowboys and cowgirls in Minot at this weekend's RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.

 

After four performances of the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo, which hosts the circuit finals, year end (based on the amount of money won throughout the season) and average (based on combined points or times at the circuit finals rodeo) champions were determined in each of seven events.

 

Those two champions per event will go on to qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida, in March of next year, where $1 million is up for grabs.

 

Monies won at this year's circuit finals and the RNCFR counts towards the world standings, for those contestants who choose to rodeo full time and try to qualify for the world championships, determined at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR).

 

The only race that was determined before the circuit finals started was in the bareback riding.

 

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., had the year-end title sewn up before he got to town, because of his large lead.

 

And when the four performances were over, he also had won the average title, the most points on four rides (321). He won first place in two rounds and second and fourth place in the other two rounds. "I was lucky to place in every round and get on good horses," he said. "It was fun." Breuer is ranked the number twelve bareback rider in the world standings and will compete at his fourth WNFR in December.

 

It came down to the last run in the steer wrestling.

 

Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D., held off the other eleven steer wrestlers to finish as the 2018 Badlands year end and average champion.

 

He won money in three of the four rounds to have a total of 17.2 seconds on four head. In his final run on Sunday, he had the best steer in the herd. "I missed the barrier a little bit, and Billy (Boldon, the hazer) did a good job of putting him in my office. I almost screwed up (the run) but it worked out and it was fast enough to stay in the average."

 

The circuit finals might be over, but Morman, a 2016 Dickinson (N.D.) State University graduate, isn't slowing down. "I have to keep it rolling going into 2019. Tomorrow we leave for the All-American Finals (Rodeo) in Waco, Texas, and we'll stay pretty busy from here on out." In the world standings, he finished 2018 in eighteenth place. "I finished too close in 2018 to not go (rodeo) in 2019."

 

Morman won the average title last year and the year-end title in 2015.

 

In the last dozen years, no one has won more Badlands Circuit saddle bronc riding titles than J.J. Elshere.

 

Elshere, of Hereford, S.D., kept the streak going by winning the year-end title again this year.

 

He chased a WNFR qualification nation-wide this year and came into the circuit finals in second place behind Ty Manke. He won the first, second and fourth rounds but got bucked off in the third round, allowing Jade Blackwell to win the average with 302.5 points on four head.

 

The 39 year old cowboy is one of the veterans in the circuit and thought the judges might have known that as well. "A couple of those rides, it felt like they gave me some old-man-points, maybe. 'Thanks for coming, here's a couple extra (points.)'" This year's year-end title was his fifth; he's won the average three times. "I'm pretty fortunate just to get to come here and get on good horses. I'm actually pretty blessed."

 

Blackwell's circuit finals didn't start as well as he'd have liked. For the first two rounds, he made qualified rides but they weren't good enough to earn him checks. In the third round on Saturday night, when Blackwell won second place, eight of the twelve cowboys did not make qualified rides. Blackwell, along with Dickinson, N.D.'s Dusty Hausauer, were the only two cowboys who made qualified rides on all four horses.  Hausauer finished with 298 points on four head.

 

There was a new face in the barrel racing, and it wasn't a human.

 

For the first time in a dozen years, Lisa Lockhart was aboard a different horse at the Badlands Circuit Finals.

 

The Oelrichs, S.D. cowgirl won both the year-end and average titles aboard her eight-year-old mare, Rosa.

 

Lockhart has ridden her buckskin Louie for years, and fans are familiar with the gelding.

 

But Louie stayed home this weekend and Rosa made the trip to Minot.

 

Lockhart was unsure of how her mare would perform. "I hadn't run her a whole lot inside, and I'd not run her in multiple runs. It was all to gain, nothing to lose by bringing her here. Sometimes you have to do those things to adapt."

 

Lockhart won first place in the first and third rounds and second place in the second and fourth rounds to finish with a time of 55.09 seconds on four runs.

 

"We just climbed Mt. Everest, as far as I'm concerned," Lockhart said, regarding her wins with Rosa. She chose to take a chance on Rosa at the circuit finals. "I really thought about bringing Louie, but it's always the bigger picture. I need to advance Rosa."

 

Lockhart rides Rosa differently than she rides Louie. Rosa "really likes to turn, and so does Louie, but the difference is everything she does is more theatrical. She's wired pretty tight, and therefore she's more difficult to ride."

 

She is ranked fourth in the world standings and will compete at her twelfth WNFR this December. In the last dozen years, she has won the Badlands Circuit year-end or average title ten times.

 

Tie-down roper Clint Kindred is headed back for his second RNCFR.

 

The Oral, S.D. cowboy won both the year-end and average titles in Minot.

 

He came into the circuit finals in third place, behind Dane Kissack and Joe Schmidt, and won money in every round but the fourth one, finishing with an average time of 38.6 seconds on four runs.

 

"I got off to a good start and drew good calves," he said. "It all fell together for me, really."

 

His fourth round run nearly ended in catastrophe. He stumbled after dismounting from his horse, but was able to make a 9.9 second run. It didn't earn him money, but was fast enough to win the average.

 

It was adrenaline that got him through the stumble. "After I fell down, it was straight panic mode."

 

Kindred won the 2016 RNCFR and plans on rodeoing full time next year.

 

The team roping year end winners were Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. (header) and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. (heeler). Average winners were Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D. (header) and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D. (heeler.)

 

For the second consecutive year, both bull riding titles went to Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

 

The Rookie of the Year was awarded to Chance Rosencrans, Jamestown, N.D., and the all-around went to Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, Neb.

 

Awards were also given to the Badlands bareback horse, saddle bronc, and bull of the year. Yankee Rose of the Sutton Rodeo Co. won Bareback Horse of the Year; South Point of Suttons won the Saddle Bronc of the Year. The bull Cougar, owned by Bailey Pro Rodeos, won Bull of the Year.

 

For the finals awards, the Bareback Horse of the Badlands Circuit Finals went to Onion Ring, Korkow Rodeos. The Saddle Bronc Horse of the Finals was won by Bad Onion, Korkow Rodeos, and the Bull of the Circuit Finals went to Ace High, Bailey Pro Rodeo.

 

During the Sunday rodeo, the 2019 Miss Rodeo North Dakota was crowned, and Kara Berntson, Kulm, N.D., won the title. She is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University where she earned a bachelor degree in animal science with a minor in equine science. She served as the 2017 Miss North Dakota Winter Show Rodeo Queen. She is the daughter of Neal and Marla Berntson.

 

The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is a not-for-profit venture by the YMCA Men of Minot, N.D. Proceeds from each year's rodeo benefit the Triangle Y Camp at Lake Sakakawea, near Garrison, N.D. Next year's Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo will be October 4-6, 2019. Hess and 4- Bears Casino & Lodge are proud sponsors of the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. National sponsors include the PRCA, WPRA, RAM, Cinch, Justin Boots, Pendleton, Montana Silversmith, American Quarter Horse Association, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Only Vegas and Experience Kissimmee.

 

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PICK ME UP: Berthold man selected as one of two pickup men at Y’s Men’s Rodeo

Minot, N.D. (October 1, 2018) – A Berthold native has been selected to work the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo.

Ryan Hanna is one of the two pickup men who will "pick up" – help the cowboys off the bareback and saddle bronc horses after their rides – at the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Y's Men's Rodeo.

The pickup men are voted on by the bareback riders and saddle bronc riders in the Badlands Circuit, the rodeos in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Hanna will work alongside Tyler Robertson, Kadoka, S.D., who has also been selected to work the rodeo.

Hanna grew up in a rodeo family, steer wrestling professionally ten years, beginning in 1996. He traveled the nation, competing at some of the biggest rodeos in the country.

When he and his wife Susan had their first child in 2004, and he took on a bigger role with the family ranch, he chose to stay closer to home with his competition.

Hanna qualified for the Badlands Circuit Finals five times in the steer wrestling, winning the year-end title in 2002 and 2003. As the year-end champion, he went on to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeos in 2003 and 2004, winning the national title in '04. Before the Minot rodeo began hosting the circuit finals, Hanna won the steer wrestling there, in the early 2000s.

Rib and ankle injuries caused him to quit competition. But he wasn't done with rodeo. In 2011, he was asked to help at a high school rodeo. "It's hard to just quit rodeo when it's been your whole life," he said. "I thought picking up would be my next opportunity to be involved again."

Hanna had watched his dad, Dennis, and his uncle, Lynn Meyer, work as pickup men, and he had helped them, so he had an idea of what he was doing. "There was always a place in my heart for picking up," he said.

The work snowballed. Hanna started with high school rodeos and now, between pro rodeos, Professional Bull Rider (PBR) events, and saddle bronc matches, he works from seventy to eight performances a year. He's picked up at major events in Las Vegas, during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

When Hanna chooses a pickup horse, he looks for "grit. A good pickup horse has to be somewhat like a firefighter, wanting to run into battle. They understand the timing, they know they could get kicked or smashed, but they're going to do it for you anyway."

Hanna keeps six pickup horses at his ranch all the time. Depending on the event, he might use two or three horses, or up to six. As a general rule, he brings four horses to each event. He takes his horses seriously. "I worked hard to get to this point of being considered for a circuit finals nomination, so I take my horses seriously."

He's delighted to have been chosen to work the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. "It was a nice surprise," he said. "My wife and I try hard to do a good job." He's also complimentary of the other pickup men in the Badlands Circuit. "In our circuit, there are some exceptional pickup men, which makes it tougher (to be selected to work the circuit finals.)"

He and Susan have two kids: a son, Hayes, who is thirteen, and a daughter, Maysa, who is ten.

The Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo, is Oct. 5-7. Performances are at 7 pm on October 5, 1 pm and 7 pm on October 6, and 1:30 pm on October 7. Tickets range in price from $13-$33 and are available online at http://www.minotysmensrodeo.com. For more information, visit the website.

–Minot Y's Men's Rodeo

Over 10M strong for commonsense management of wild horses

WASHINGTON (October 4, 2018) – This week, the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition (NHBRMC) submitted public testimony to the Bureau of Land Management on the current state of our nation's rangelands.

Representing over 10 million Americans and 18 national organizations, the Coalition includes sportsmen, livestock growers, state and local governments, resource management specialists, professional land managers, and others concerned with the management of horses and burros in a commonsense and ecologically-sound way.

In the testimony, NHBRMC Chair Ethan Lane and Vice Chair Lia Biondo state:

"We understand that the recent recommendations were not easy ones to make, but are critical and were undertaken only after careful review of the dire situation facing the wild horse and burro herds, native wildlife, and our public rangelands. Because it reflects original Congressional intent and will help resolve the current wild horse and burro overpopulation crisis, our Coalition supports the Advisory Board's recommendations.

"Unfortunately, since that recommendation in 2016, the on-range population of horses and burros grew from 67,027 to 81,951 (as of March 1, 2018). The lack of actionable steps taken to reduce on-range population only exacerbates the current crisis. The Board should continue making bold recommendations to encourage the Administration to act."

–Public Lands Council