Nebraska goat tier Madee Doerr wins 1D at Ty Tuff in Bowman |

Nebraska goat tier Madee Doerr wins 1D at Ty Tuff in Bowman

3D Winners: Keanna Ward, Josi Stevens, Cashae McGee, Tayle Brink, Kayla Spickelmier

If goat tying or breakaway roping is your forte, then the place to be on July 29 was at the Dakota Winds Arena in Bowman, N.D., for the fifth annual TY TUFF CHALLENGE.

It was another hot July day filled with sizzling talent. Goat tiers and ropers of all ages and levels spilled into the rodeo grounds early Saturday morning. 97 goat tiers and 101 ropers from nine states were entered in hopes of taking home a piece of the $25,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes. The weather cooled down a bit mid afternoon after a thunderstorm rolled through with light rain, but the competition remained hot.

The top 10 in each “D” earned the right to tie another goat in a short go. Social media was once again utilized as the short go was posted “LIVE” on Facebook which gave many the opportunity to watch if they could not be there.

Announcer, Colton Backhaus, Mandan, North Dakota, goat contractor John Hight, Dupree South Dakota, judges Chuck Christman and Randy Hilzendeger, and the entire Ty Tuff team kept the action moving rapidly throughout the day.


Action started at 9 am Saturday morning with 57 open breakaway ropers. Payout was to 7th place. These girls ran 2 head with the top 20 going to a short go.

Winning that with a 9.28 on three head was KL Spratt from Nebraska. She pocketed $1,937 in cash and also was awarded a Jasper Training Barrier.

2nd-Bailey Fruit- Montana- 9.87–$1,312

3rd-Katy Miller- South Dakota-10.59–$1,000

4th-Misti Brown– 10.86–$687

5th- Jacey Hupp- South Dakota-20.34- $562

6th-Samantha Jorgenson- North Dakota- 5.44 on 2–$437

7th-Cedar Jandreau- South Dakota -6.21 on 2–$312

Fast times in each round paid back $160.

Bailey Fruit posted the fastest time in the first round with a 2.72.

Samantha Jorgenson had the fast time in the 2nd round with a 2.24.

Forty four junior high and high school ropers followed right on the heels of the open with a 2 head average.

Meghan McGinley from Montana roped her two calves in 6.23. She took home $799 and a winter horse blanket.

2nd-Madison Kontz- South Dakota—– 6.93–$555

3rd-Faith Tarter-Montana———–8.34-$355

4th Mikenzy Miller- South Dakota——-9.70-$244

5th-Jillian Kostrzewski-Minnesota–19.80-$155

6th- Haiden Thompson- Nebraska—3.03 on 1- $111


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.

Results are as follows:

SIDEPOTS- (2 runs)


1st-Lacey Tech-South Dakota- 13.65 on 2-Rowdy Silver Buckle

High School

1st-Karrisa Rayhill-South Dakota-14.66 -Rowdy Silver buckle

2nd-Meghan McGinley-Montan-14.70- haybag

Junior High

1st-Jessica Stevens-Nebraska-15.36 -Rowdy Silver Buckle

2nd-Kaitlyn Sandland- South Dakota-16.91-haybag

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

Awards were given to fourth place.

1st- Winter horse blanket

2nd- Stirrups

3rd- Gear bag

4th- Shoo flys

The top 10 in each “D” came back for a short round.


4th Carlee Johnston-South Dakota, 28.28

3rd Desta Misegades-Minnesota, 27.68

2nd Riley Smith-South Dakota, 27.37

1st Chelsey Kelly-South Dakota, 27.14


4th Keanna Ward-South Dakota, 26.41

3rd Josi Stevens-South Dakota, 26.08

2nd Cashae McGee-North Dakota, 26.03

1st Tayle Brink-South Dakota, 25.69


4th Shaylee Hance- Montana, 24.03

3rd Piper Naylon-Wyoming, 23.94

2nd Katy Miller-South Dakota, 23.91

1st Brianna Williams-South Dakota, 23.43


4th Lacey Tech-South Dakota, 23.31

3rd Kaycee Monnens-Wyoming, 22.73

2nd Karissa Rayhill-South Dakota, 22.33

1st Madee Doerr-Nebraska, 21.30

Keanna Ward of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, took home all around honors. She gathered up 29 points in the rounds of breakaway and goat tying to win the top hand award for the day. She received a custom made beaded breast collar by Hangin’ Heart Beadwork, and a $500 equine swim certificate by Steele Equi-Fit.

During the break between go rounds, ten youngsters from ages 7-11 matched each other in a heated 3 round ground tying competition. The winner was Kenzie Homelvig from North Dakota. Second place went to Hadley Thompson,Wyoming; Lyvia Misegades from Minnesota was third and Tandy Nelson from South Dakota was fourth. They all received Ty Tuff merchandise for their efforts.

Ty Tuff awards two $500 scholarships each year. Kelsey Lensegrav of Interior, South Dakota, was awarded the high school scholarship and Justinn Marshall Lahaye of Saco, Montana, received the “Above and Beyond scholarship.”

Many thanks to our major sponsor, KINGS SADDLERY, for their support to the Ty Tuff Challenge every year. A big tip of the hat to other sponsors, timers, announcers, gate keepers, flaggers, secretary, calf pushers, goat runners and cowgirls who all helped make the fifth Ty Tuff Challenge another great success!

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–Ty Tuff

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