Dupree, S.D., Steer Wrestling Shoot-out sends over $10k home with PRCA competitors
A $10,000 added money “shoot-out” left one steer wrestler, Brent Sutton of Agar, S.D, standing in the Dupree Pioneer Days Arena on Sunday, May 18, holding a total of $7,000 cash. After throwing down eight steers throughout the day, Sutton had earned his prize money.
The day started out with 62 steer wrestlers. While many call South Dakota home, there were bulldoggers from Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska also vying for the considerable cash prize. The first order of the day was OK Livestock’s three-head jackpot. The winners of each round, as well as cowboys from the average rankings, progressed to the shoot-out. The shoot-out began with ten steer wrestlers, and the two slowest times were eliminated instantly each round until only Sutton remained.
The shoot-out was made possible by a collection of sponsors, who each picked one of the contestants and had the opportunity to win money based on their cowboy’s performance. Sutton won $3,000 for his sponsor, Anderson Trucking, and second place bulldogger, 2012 PRCA Rookie of the Year and Canadian Finals Champ, Chason Floyd of Ludlow, S.D., won his sponsor, Griswald Cattle Company, $2,000.
Three-time WNFR qualifier Jake Rinehart of Highmore, S.D., also excelled in the arena all day, winning the second round of the jackpot, the average on three steers, and third place in the shoot-out. His winnings came to a total of $4,250. Unfortunately for his sponsors, Birkeland Ranches and Dakota Genetics, his third place finish did not win them any money in the sponsor pot.
“I haven’t heard of another jackpot in the area that offered that much money since I’ve been going. I thought it was a really good jackpot, and I think everybody would go again next year,” said Rinehart.
Delbert Woodward of OK Livestock made the event possible by finding the ten sponsors, as well as putting up $5,000 of his own money and bringing great cattle to the event. For pictures of the event, visit the Trisha Price Photography page on Facebook.