Local ranchers use their skills at BHSS Ranch Rodeo
Some ranch hands get up early, trailer horses, round up cattle, rope calves – all for their pay – and then they come to the Black Hills Stock Show and do it all again – all for fun.
The Black Hills Stock Show’s Ranch Rodeo continues to be among the most popular events at the annual show. This year the Ranch Rodeo packed the house in the Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds.
The number sponsors eager to be a part of the event sponsors is evidence of its popularity. Rapid Chevrolet, Budweiser, Security First Bank, Cabela’s, Merial Ltd., Tri-State Livestock News, Farm Credit Services of America, Crown Royal, Black Hills Fox, Knology, KAT Country, Dex media, Super 8 Motel I-90, WW Livestock Systems, Blake’s Trailer Sales, Godfrey Brake, Tony Lama, Bailey Hats and Jenner Equipment all joined in to help promote the event.
Last year, First National Bank of Philip’s team came in second and earned a bye for this year’s event. Team members Jamie Willert, Kadoka, SD, and Nichols Gaspers of New Underwood, SD, were eager to compete in Tuesday’s finals.
Gaspers says he continues to compete “just for the fun of it.” He said he likes the idea of a competition centered around work that ranchers actually do.
This year, Willert was his team’s contestant for a saddle bronc event which was added to the Ranch Rodeo this year.
Their team didn’t fare as well this year. But they will likely hone their skills and return next year.
Ranch Rodeo Results:
Trailer Relay #190 – Jolly Ranch
Rope Mug Tying #190 – Jolly Ranch
Stray Gathering #165 – Crew Crop Insurance Team #2
Double Mugging #373 – Draggin 3 Performance Horses
Crown Royal Bronc Ride #165 – Crew Crop Insurance Team #2
1st #373 – Draggin’ 3 Performance Horses
2nd #165 – Crew Crop Insurance Team #2
3rd #190 – Jolly Ranch
2013 Black Hills Stock Show® Ranch Rodeo Finals Qualifing Teams
#165 – Crew Crop Insurance #2
#166 – First National Bank of Philip
#167 – Creative Broadcast Services – Jim Thompson
#174 – Automotive Co – Lindskov Implement
#179 – AXA Equitable AgriFinance
#190 – Jolly Ranch
#355 – Res Ranch/Epp Cattl Co
#358 – Jade Nelson Team
#361 – TC Outfit
#373 – Draggin 3 Performance Horses
#375 – Kroeplin Ag
#381 – CATL Resources
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