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Deadwood to host Badlands Circuit Steer Roping Finals August 31

The best steer ropers in the country return to Deadwood's Days of '76 Rodeo Grounds for the Badlands Circuit Steer Roping Finals on Aug. 31.

Hosted by the award winning Deadwood Days of '76 Committee, the Badlands Circuit Finals return to Deadwood for the fourth straight year. The event, which begins at noon at the historic Days of '76 arena, will host five go-rounds with the top 12 Badlands Circuit ropers competing for the Circuit Championship and a trip to the 2014 PRCA National Circuit Finals Championship.

Quality will again be the name of the game. "It's an honor to host the best cowboys in the nation, and we look forward to having them back in Deadwood," said Jon Mattson of the Days of '76 Committee, which was inducted into the PRCA Hall Fame in July 2011.

Ropers that will compete for more than $14,500 in prize money include National Finals Steer Roping qualifier Jesse Teirney of Oral, S.D., who is currently ranked first in the Badlands Circuit and 14th in the PRCA World Standings, and Coy Thompson of Whitewood, S.D., who's third in the Badlands Circuit and won the Pendleton Roundup in 2012. Brian Rochlitz, Minatara, Neb. is also entered, and is ranked fourth in the Badlands Circuit and won the steer roping event at this year's Belle Fourche Roundup. Will Laduke, Gillette, Wyo., last year's champ, is also entered, as is Paul Teirney, Jesse's dad and a past Badlands Circuit Champ. Other notables entered include Ora Taton, Rapid City, past National Finals Rodeo average winner, and Bobby Harris, Highmore, S.D., multi-year qualifier for the NFR.

Tickets are available at the gate.