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Belle Fourche hosts exciting South Dakota State High School Finals

Starla Lyon

TSLN photo by Shelisa Gould DavisTyler Wortman of Highmore competes in the steer wrestling event during the South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals. He later finished fifth in the event.

Despite recent flooding in Belle Fourche, SD, the town was able to put on a great show last weekend and hosted young rodeo athletes from across the state. As always, South Dakota will be sending some top competitors to the 2008 National High School Rodeo in Farmington, NM to be held the week of July 20. Western South Dakota dominated the arena in Belle Fourche last weekend despite some tough conditions due to massive amounts of rain earlier. At one point over five inches of rain were reported within 24 hours.

While making it to state is an accomplishment in and of itself, only the top four in each event can move on to the national competition.

Blazing his way to the coveted boy’s All-Around title was Cole Elshere of Faith with a stunning 95 points total. Elshere ended up third in the saddle bronc event, second in bull riding, fourth in bareback, fifth in the steer wrestling and also made it to the short round in the team roping.

“It was pretty cool to make in in all three rough stock events,” said Elshere. “I dislocated a couple of fingers and pulled a couple of muscles so I just need to heal up this next week or so and get ready for Nationals.”

Elshere won several belt buckles, a saddle and the use of a horse trailer for a year thanks to his incredible efforts. His plans include attending school at Gillette (WY) College in the fall where he plans to continue his rodeo career.

Winning several awards including girls All-Around and the use of a horse trailer for a year was Joey Painter of Buffalo. She scored a total of 76 points to take the All-Around.

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“It was a good experience and very exciting,” said Painter. “I was happy to be able to go to state and now I’m off to nationals. It helped me build a lot of confidence.”

Painter said she trained her horse, Keeper, all by herself and started on the mare when she was very young. Keeper is now 10 years old and is the horse Joey won the goat tying with at state.

Rowdy Curr of Scenic, SD represented Wall High School at the state finals in the boys cutting, calf roping and also team roping. The freshman has always aspired to make it big in the sport of rodeo.

“I’ve grown up on a ranch and it just seems like I’ve always been on a horse and had a rope in my hand,” said Curr. “My parents have helped me a lot and so have my sisters, Lacey and Holly. Lacey made it to Nationals her freshman year.”

Despite recent flooding in Belle Fourche, SD, the town was able to put on a great show last weekend and hosted young rodeo athletes from across the state. As always, South Dakota will be sending some top competitors to the 2008 National High School Rodeo in Farmington, NM to be held the week of July 20. Western South Dakota dominated the arena in Belle Fourche last weekend despite some tough conditions due to massive amounts of rain earlier. At one point over five inches of rain were reported within 24 hours.

While making it to state is an accomplishment in and of itself, only the top four in each event can move on to the national competition.

Blazing his way to the coveted boy’s All-Around title was Cole Elshere of Faith with a stunning 95 points total. Elshere ended up third in the saddle bronc event, second in bull riding, fourth in bareback, fifth in the steer wrestling and also made it to the short round in the team roping.

“It was pretty cool to make in in all three rough stock events,” said Elshere. “I dislocated a couple of fingers and pulled a couple of muscles so I just need to heal up this next week or so and get ready for Nationals.”

Elshere won several belt buckles, a saddle and the use of a horse trailer for a year thanks to his incredible efforts. His plans include attending school at Gillette (WY) College in the fall where he plans to continue his rodeo career.

Winning several awards including girls All-Around and the use of a horse trailer for a year was Joey Painter of Buffalo. She scored a total of 76 points to take the All-Around.

“It was a good experience and very exciting,” said Painter. “I was happy to be able to go to state and now I’m off to nationals. It helped me build a lot of confidence.”

Painter said she trained her horse, Keeper, all by herself and started on the mare when she was very young. Keeper is now 10 years old and is the horse Joey won the goat tying with at state.

Rowdy Curr of Scenic, SD represented Wall High School at the state finals in the boys cutting, calf roping and also team roping. The freshman has always aspired to make it big in the sport of rodeo.

“I’ve grown up on a ranch and it just seems like I’ve always been on a horse and had a rope in my hand,” said Curr. “My parents have helped me a lot and so have my sisters, Lacey and Holly. Lacey made it to Nationals her freshman year.”