First Chance Bonanza rodeo Nov. 5-6 |

First Chance Bonanza rodeo Nov. 5-6

When the 225 cowboys and cowgirls roll into the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD, for the rodeo on Nov. 5-6, 2010, there will be several recognizable names – not only ProRodeo great like 2005 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Jeff Willert and 2006 World Champion Saddle Bronc rider Chad Ferley – but also many South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni.

Joe Gunderson in particular leads the way. The SDSU Alumni finished all four years of his College Rodeo career among the top 10 in the nation with a College National Finals Rodeo Reserve Championship for the Jacks in 2006. Joe will not only be competing at the First Chance Bonanza, but will be making his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV, in December by finishing 14th in the World Standings. ProRodeo’s regular season wrapped up on Sept. 30, 2010, and the top 15 in the World Standings in each event qualify for the Super Bowl of rodeo – the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. There will be a record 72 Barrel Racers competing.

Other notable entries include a list of current and former NFR qualifiers: Jess Bail of Camp Crooks, SD (11-time NFR qualifier); Chad Ferley of Oelrichs, SD (2006 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, 4-time NFR qualifier); Joe Gunderson of Agar, SD (2010 NFR qualifier); Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, SD (2008 Canadian Finals Champion, 4-time NFR qualifier); Scott Montague of Rapid City, SD (4-time NFR qualifier); Jill Moody of Letcher, SD (3-time NFR qualifier); Jake Reinhard of Highmore, SD (2-time NFR qualifier); Jeff Willert of Belvidere, SD (2005 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, 6-time NFR qualifier); and Matt Zancaneli of Aurora, SD (3-time NFR qualifier).

Some other notable entries include: Five-time Linderman Award winner Kyle Whitaker of Chambers, NE; 2010 Rookie of the Year in Bareback Riding Ty Breuer of Mandan, ND; DNCFR Team Roping Champion Brett Price of Faith, SD and Paul Grimesmann of Piedmont, SD; and Brent Sutton, SDSU grad, finished in the top three at College National Finals in Steer Wrestling. All current Dodge National Circuit Champions are also entered in the rodeo.

The rodeo livestock will be provided by Sutton Rodeos of Onida, SD. The Suttons, who have been in the rodeo business for 84 years, have had livestock selected for all but two Wrangler National Finals Rodeos. The Suttons raise over 90 percent of their bucking horses, which over the years have included: Deep Water (1979 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year) and Tombstone (1985 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year).

Keith Isley of Goldston, NC, will be the rodeo entertainer at the First Chance Bonanza. Keith won the Triple Crown of awards during the PRCA Awards Banquet last year being name the “Clown of the Year” for the fourth year in a row; PRCA Clown Act of the Year; and Coors Man in the Can for the second time.

There will be Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night (TETWP) on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Wear your pink T-shirts and save $2 on tickets. SDSU students can bring their ID on Friday and pay only $8.

Tickets for the First Chance Bonanza are on sale now at the Swiftel Center Box Office, online at, at any ticketmaster outlet or by phone, 800-745-3000.