Newell cowgirl takes All-Around |

Newell cowgirl takes All-Around

Lacey Hewitt (left) from Newell, S.D., was the all around champion for the day. She recieved a custom made saddle rack, a beaded breast collar and a $500 equine swim certificate. Also pictured: event organizers Deb Gunderson, Kayla Nelson and Stacy McGee. Photo courtesy TY TUFF

If goat tying or breakaway roping is your forte, then the place to be on July 30 was at the Dakota Winds Arena in Bowman ND for the TY TUFF CHALLENGE.

It was a beautiful July day filled with great people, sizzling talent, and great sponsors for the 4th annual event. Goat tiers and ropers of all ages spilled into the rodeo grounds early Sunday morning. 85 goat tiers and 80 ropers from twelve states were entered hopeful of taking home a morsel of the $22,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes.

Coordinators, Deb Gunderson, Kayla Nelson and Stacy McGee once again added a couple new spins to the competition by adding a short round to the 4D goat tying competition and going “LIVE” on Facebook for the short round.

Announcer Jim Thompson of Sturgis, South Dakota, goat contractor John Hight, Dupree South Dakota, judges Chad Nelson, Buffalo South Dakota, Lyle Gjermundson, Marshall, North Dakota, and the entire Ty Tuff team kept the action moving rapidly throughout the day.

Breakaway roping

Action started at 9 am Saturday morning with 43 open breakaway ropers. Payout was to 7th place. These girls ran 2 head with the top 15 going to the short go.

Open breakaway

1st – Shayna Miller, Faith, SD – 10.1, $1,578 and a winter horse blanket

2nd-Kaycee Nelson-SD- 12.06-$1069

3rd-Hanna Brown- SD-15.26-$814

4th-Joey Williams-SD-20.7-$560

5th- Jessie Orahood-MT-21.50-$356

6th-Shaylee Hance-WY-23.64-$255

Thirty two Jr High and High School ropers followed right on the heels of the open with a 2 hd average.

Junior High and High School Breakaway

1st Brianna Williams, Buffalo, SD – 10.7 – $644 and a winter horse blanket

2nd Faith Fladeland-ND-11.07-$447.00

3rd-Frankie Orahood- MT-11.07-$447.00

4th Emily Pauley-SD-26.24-$286

5th-Kelsey Lensegrav-3.32/1-$89.00

Goat tying

The competition was strong and there were several girls that laid down some smoking 6 second runs that set the stage for the 4D format. Each round continually changed throughout the day. The 4D averaged a time of 9.5 on 3 runs, the 3D averaged 8.8, the 2D averaged 7.6 and the 1D averaged a 7 flat.

Results are as follows:

SIDEPOTS- (2 runs)

24 and over

1st- Lacey Tech-SD-13.60

2nd-Bobbi Grann- ND-14.72


1st- Shaylee Hance- WY- 15.30

2nd-Kaycee Monnens-SD-15.40

High school:

1st- Emmalee Dubois-UT-14.09

2nd-Jacey Thompson-WY-14.81

Junior high:

1st-Tymber Boldt-ND-17.02

2nd-Jimi Lloyd-ID-17.06

The 4D layout paid equal monies in each “D” down to sixth place.

The top 10 came back for a short round.


4th Aluxyn Hollenbeck-NE 28.2

3rd Jayden Hollenbeck- NE- 28.32

2nd Rylee Rutton-SD 28.81

1st Shianne Price- SD 29.4


4th Cheyenne Check-WI 26.62

3rd Hope Petry-IA 26.33

2nd Alisha Dworshak-ND 26.27

1st Kali Thompson-OK 26.21


4th Tearnee Nelson- SD 23.03

3rd Brandi Cwach-SD 22.95

2nd Tioni Erickson-MT 22.91

1st Jacoby Hotsenpiller-KS 22.62


4th Jacey Thompson-NE 21.8

3rd Amy Tierney-SD 21.78

2nd Emmalee Dubois-UT 21.34

1st Lacey Tech-SD 21.12

Lacey Hewitt of Newell, SD took home all around honors. She gathered up 28 points in the rounds of breakaway and goat tying to win the top hand award for the day. She received a custom made saddle rack by Cowboy Coop Creations, a beaded breast collar by Hangin’ Heart Beadwork, and a $500 equine swim certificate by Steele Equi-Fit.

During the break between go rounds, fourteen youngsters from ages 7-11 matched each other in a heated 2 round ground tying competition. The winner was Rhett Lloyd from Utah. Second place went to Kenzie Homelvig, Rhame, ND. Hadley Thompson from Wyo was third and Tiegen Homelvig from Rhame, ND was fourth. They all received Ty Tuff merchandise for their efforts.

Ty Tuff awards two $500 scholarships each year. Frankie Orahood of Malta, MT was awarded the high school scholarship and Allison Whitkopp of Circle Montana, received the “Above and Beyond scholarship.”

TY TUFF appreciates their major sponsor- KINGS SADDLERY as well as other sponsors, timers, announcers, gate keepers, flaggers, secretary, calf pushers, goat runners and cowgirls who all helped make the fourth TY TUFF Challenge another great success!

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