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Champions Ride Match: Aug 1, Sentinal Butte, ND

The Home on the Range Champions Ride Match Rodeo will be Aug. 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Home on the Range near Sentinal Butte, N.D. South Dakota bronc rider J.J. Elshere competed in the match in 2008. Photo courtesy Home on the Range

Calling all rodeo fans, cowboys, cowpokes, buckaroos, city-slickers and everyone else! If you want to see the best saddle-bronc match in North Dakota, come on down and join the fun at the Champions Ride Match Rodeo at Sentinel Butte, Aug. 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. MDT.

For 59 years the Match has been a premiere event with top ranked professional cowboys who ride the toughest saddle broncs in the region. Some fans claim the Match is a pre-show of the Wrangler National Finals saddle-bronc riding. In fact, this year the Match is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Not only are all but two of the top 30 cowboys coming to the Match, but the top NFR broncs from J Bar J Rodeo Company, Outlaw Buckers, Burch Rodeo Company and Sutton Rodeo.

Committee member Rick Thompson said that the PRCA has recognized the Match Rodeo as an official rodeo and the cowboys' winnings will go toward the world standings. Thompson said this is a first for any bronc match. With the $30,000 added to the event, it is the sixth highest paid event for saddle bronc riders this year, he said.

The real reason behind the Champions Ride Match Rodeo? To raise money and awareness for the troubled, neglected, abused and disadvantaged boys and girls that call Home On The Range "home." While the children are at Home On The Range, the professional staff teach the children socially acceptable skills, help them work through problems and issues of concern, and show them how to make choices that will positively impact their lives. Their program goal is simple – help the child and family, so they can be reunited as a strong and healthy family unit.

So make your plans for Aug. 1, 2015. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy a premiere saddle-bronc match. It all happens at the HOTR rodeo arena. Take Exit #7 on I-94, west of Medora. For more information, contact Home On The Range at 701-872-3745. To order tickets online visit http://www.hotrnd.com.

–Home on the Range