Cowboys win big at local jackpot
May 21, 2015
Over two-inches of rain flooded the Dupree Pioneer Days arena but that didn't scare away the local cowboys who had their minds set on the grand prize of $10,000. Colt Floyd of Buffalo, South Dakota walked away with over twelve-thousand dollars in his pocket after the OK Livestock steer wrestling jackpot and Cinch Shootout on May 16th in Dupree, South Dakota.
"This is a great deal and I can't say enough about the sponsors and everybody here in Dupree that worked hard to put it on," Floyd said. "It's an awesome deal." Floyd professionally rodeos in the Badlands Circuit and goes to as many rodeo's as he can. A jackpot with this much added money and this close to home was right up his alley.
The OK Livestock jackpot was a three-round event with each round winner and the top seven in the average advancing to the shootout. The Cinch Shootout consisted of five-rounds with the two slowest times eliminated in each round until the last man standing was crowned the Cinch Shootout champion. Before the Cinch Shootout each sponsor was included in a drawing to pick a shootout cowboy in hopes of winning first for $3,000 or second for $2,000.
Jake Rinehart of Highmore, South Dakota, battled his way through the conditions to take home the aggregate win in the jackpot and secure his spot in the Cinch Shootout. Rinehart consistently threw his steers to walk away $2,855 richer. Rinehart also made it to the third round of the shootout where bad luck struck and he was eliminated.
Cinch added $3,000 to the shootout and donated 20 jackets to the qualifiers and their sponsors. More added money meant more determination for the cowboys who stuck it out through the mud and the muck.
"Pretty much the whole agenda today was trying to get them all down, they were great steers they could just run a little harder than the horses could in the mud so just get out as good and I could and throw them all down," Floyd said. And his tactic paid off.
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Floyd also gave credit to the horse he was riding, 12 year-old Tiger, who is owned by his brother Chason Floyd. Tiger is familiar with the shootout format. He was the reserve champion in 2014 with his owner Chason aboard.
"I've rode him at rodeos like Cheyenne and Deadwood and he works good all the time, we get along good," Floyd said about Tiger.
Kody Woodward of Dupree, South Dakota, is the manager of OK Livestock and recovering from an injury meant he wasn't able to compete in his jackpot this year.
"There's a lot more to the production side, but I sure wish I could have had a run at $10,000 it sure would have been a lot more fun than watching," Woodward said.
With the entries down from last year, Woodward wishes the arena wouldn't have been so muddy but is excited about the future of the jackpot.
"I've lived in Oklahoma the last 7 years and there's a lot of jackpots down there that those guys are exposed to," Woodward said, "Growing up we never had that so that's something I wanted to bring back from down there to give these guys."
Woodward noted that he wanted to say thank you to Frontier Rodeo for supplying the cattle and to his father, Delbert, for producing the event and donating his time and money. This jackpot and shootout is very reliant on its sponsors and team of hard working individuals that were there to help, rain or shine.
"As long as our sponsors keep coming back we will keep having the jackpot. All of the sponsors we had last year came back this year and said they would do it again next year, they really have fun with it I think," Woodward said.
The weather also took its toll on the entries for the high school jackpot and open jackpot Woodward had planned for Sunday, May 17th. Only four contestants contended in the high school jackpot which had $500 added by Steele Equifit and the open was cancelled. Cyler Dowling of Newell South Dakota walked away the high school champion winning $450 and a jacket.
"We'll keep putting on the jackpot and shootout as long as people keep coming," Woodward said.
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