Contestants for 2010 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo |

Contestants for 2010 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo

Champions in both the Badlands Circuit and the nation pepper the contestant list for the upcoming rodeo.

Headlining the list is the number six barrel racer in the world standings, Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, SD. Lockhart, who competed at last year’s National Finals Rodeos (NFR), pro rodeo’s world championship, is well on her way to her fourth NFR. She won the Canadian Finals Rodeo twice and is a multiple Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier. Her husband, Grady, will compete as a tie-down roper in Minot, too.

Saddle bronc rider JJ Elshere, Quinn, SD, is currently ranked eleventh in the world standings. Barring injury, he will compete at his fourth NFR this December.

Competitors from the Camp Crook/Buffalo area include bareback rider Colt Floyd, seven time NFR-qualifier steer wrestler Ivan Teigen, and barrel racers Jessica Routier and Pamela Rolph.

Other 2009 Badlands Circuit champs coming to defend their titles are team ropers Brett Price, Faith, SD, and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, SD; saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere, Faith, SD; bareback rider Scott Montague, Rapid City, SD; tie-down roper Justin Scofield, St. Lawrence, SD; steer wrestler Clay Schaack, Wall, SD, and barrel racer Britany Fleck, Mandan, ND.

The Badlands Circuit is made up of the 21 pro rodeos across North and South Dakota. Qualifiers to the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo must compete at a minimum of nine rodeos for Dakota residents and fifteen for non-residents.

A complete list of contestants follows:

Bareback riding: 1. Scott Montague, Rapid City, SD; 2. Sam Nordick, Mohall, ND; 3. Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND; 4. Dan Miller, Raleigh, ND; 5. Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD; 6. Donald Miller, Raleigh, ND; 7. Weston Garrett, Belle Fourche, SD; 8. Cleve Schmidt, Belle Fourche, SD; 9. Travis Bechen, Rapid City, SD; 10. Cheyenne Seymour, Mud Butte, SD; 11. Tucker Zingg, Bismarck, ND; 12. Josh Luger, Ft. Yates, SD.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cole Elshere, Faith, SD; 2. Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, ND; 3. Troy Crowser, Whitewood, SD; 4. Ty Thompson, Wanblee, SD; 5. Hugh Connolly, Golden Valley, ND; 6. Ty Manke, Rapid City, SD; 7. Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, SD; 8. Wade Yost, Ree Heights, SD; 9. Louie Brunson, Interior, SD; 10. JJ Elshere, Quinn, SD; 11. Jeremy Means, Eagle Butte, SD; 12. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, SD.

Steer wrestling: 1. Seth Jack Murphy, South Heart, ND; 2. Ivan Teigen, Camp Crook, SD; 3. Colt Floyd, Buffalo, SD; 4. Jake Rinehart, Highmore, SD; 5. Clay Cowan, Highmore, SD; 6. Clay Schaack, Wall, SD; 7. JB Lord, Belle Fourche, SD; 8. TJ Steele, Newell, SD; 9. Jim Hansen, Watford City, SD; 10. Ty Talsma, Verdigre, NE; 11. Brent Dolezal, Killdeer, ND; 12. Tom Hansen, Killdeer, ND.

Tie-down roping: 1. Grady Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD; 2. Boe Brown, Harrold, SD; 3. Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND; 4. Justin Scofield, St. Lawrence, SD; 5. Jay Mattson, Deadwood, SD; 6. Tyler Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs, SD; 7. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, SD; 8. Clay Cowan, Highmore, SD; 9. Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, SD; 10. Seth Jack Murphy, South Heart, ND; 11. Paul David Tierney, Oral, SD; 12. Rick Greiner, Highmore, SD.

Team roping (headers): 1. Brent McInerney, Alzada, MT; 2. JB Lord, Belle Fourche, SD; 3. Brett Price, Faith, SD; 4. Preston Billadeau, Parshall, ND; 5. Jeff Johnston, Seneca, NE; 6. Jay Mattson, Deadwood, SD; 7. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, SD; 8. Alfred Hansen, Dickinson, SD; 9. Layne Carson, Grassy Butte, ND; 10. Scott White, Oelrichs, SD; 11. Jake Nelson, Creighton, SD; 12. Bart Ness, Kennebec, SD.

Team roping (heelers): 1. Guy Howell, Belle Fourche, SD; 2. Ryan Zurcher, Hawk Springs, WY; 3. Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, SD; 4. Quincy Opela, Stapleton, NE; 5. Jesse Fredrickson, Upham, ND; 6. Coy Thompson, Whitewood, SD; 7. Paul David Tierney, Oral, SD; 8. Tommy Crane, Whitewood, SD; 9. Chase Carson, Grassy Butte, ND; 10. Rory Brown, Edgemont, SD; 11. Jeff Nelson, Philip, SD; 12. Elliott Gourneau, Kennebec, SD.

Barrel racing: 1. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, SD; 2. Britany Fleck, Mandan, ND; 3. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD; 4. Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD; 5. Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, SD; 6. Jessica Holmes, Rapid City, SD; 7. Amy Holmes, Oregon, WI; 8. Tamra Musick, Virgil, SD; 9. Rachel Tiedeman, Brookings, SD; 10. Pamela Rolph, Camp Crook, SD; 11. Tera Moody, Letcher, SD; 12. Melissa Bachand, Spearfish, SD.

Bull riding: 1. Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, ND; 2. Tater Hins, Huron, SD; 3. Thunder Boomer, Interior, SD; 4. Charles Zoss, Forestburg, SD; 5. Aaron Brewer, Pierre, SD; 6. Garrett Vig, Newell, SD; 7. Shawn Coleman, Springfield, SD; 8. Clay Hindman, Belvidere, SD; 9. Jobie Dryden, Oelrichs, SD; 10. Dane Maher, Eagle Butte, SD; 11. Taryl Smith, Litchville, ND; 12. Derek Long, Timber Lake, SD.

About the PRCA’s circuit system: In 1975, the PRCA recognized the need for an award system for cowboys who chose to compete closer to home because of family and professional commitments.

The Association created the PRCA’s circuit system, consisting of 12 geographic regions that include as few as one state or as many as 13. Each PRCA cowboy in the United States chooses a home circuit at the beginning of the year or is assigned to one that corresponds with his home address. Cowboys compete for points throughout the year and points earned within his circuit are applied toward the standings of his respective circuit.

Each circuit’s top cowboys in each event qualify for that circuit’s “Finals” at the end of the season. After all 12 circuit finals are completed, the top regular-season cowboys in each event and the winners of the circuit finals qualify for the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR), held in Pocatello, ID.

North and South Dakota’s 21 pro rodeos make up the Badlands Circuit. Badlands Circuit contestants must compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo to qualify for the DNCFR.