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NFR athletes home for the holidays

Starla Lyon

There’s no rest for the weary as they say. So many Tri-State region rodeo athletes are home for the holidays but from the looks of things it won’t last long. A welcome sabbatical, most of the area cowboys and cowgirls are already planning their 2009 season. Several will be entering the upcoming rodeos such as Denver, Odessa and the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD.

Newell, SD cowboy Cody Taton came away from his first NFR with the title of 2008 Saddle Bronc average winner. The humble young cowboy was very pleased with his time at the Finals.

“I had a good trip,” Taton said. “I came into it in the last hole and I drew really well down there. I wish I would have ended better but there’s always next year.”

Taton had several good trips leaving fans thrilled at his riding style and classy dismounts. In round two, Taton made an almost flawless ride and then simply stepped off his bronc and tossed the reign over the horses neck as if it were a saddle horse.

As with other area cowboys, Taton planned to attend the upcoming rough stock events including the Chase Hawks Memorial held Saturday Dec. 20 in Billings, MT. He also plans to compete at the Buck ‘n Ball in Gillette, WY on New Year’s Eve.

“They always said I was an average bronc rider,” Taton chuckled. “Now I have the gold buckle to prove it.”

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Quinn, SD bronc rider JJ Elshere was spending some quiet time at home with his wife and children after the Finals.

“Things were a little more relaxing this year,” Elshere said of the Finals. “That first one was a little nerve racking but I calmed down as we got further into it.”

This was Elshere’s second trip to the Finals. He won the average last year and won the eighth go round this year.

“I’ll be going to Denver and Odessa and of course the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid. That’s always a real fun deal,” he said.

Dickinson, ND saddle bronc rider Dusty Hausauer enjoyed his first trip to the NFR as well. Dusty ended up in sixth place overall and won round two with a score of 88.5.

“It was sure worth the all-night drives throughout the year,” he said. “I learned a lot over the year. I probably got on some horses I shouldn’t have but it taught me how to plan better for next year. I drew really well down at the Finals and had great chances each trip. It was very exciting.”

Hausauer plans to attend the Buck ‘n Ball as well and enter Odessa and Denver and hit the rodeo trail hard right off the bat.

South Dakota barrel racers Jill Moody and Lisa Lockhart also did very well in Vegas this year. Lockhart ended up in ninth place overall. Moody took home the average title at this year’s NFR and finished second in the world standings.

Moody agreed that this year was easier in that it was a more relaxed atmosphere. She said her horse Dolly was more relaxed and consistent this year as well.

“She made some scary runs last year,” Moody said of the eight-year-old mare. “She’s gotten more consistent and it wasn’t such a demolition derby this year.”

Other Tri-State area cowboys who did well include Mills, WY bareback rider Kelly Timberman and Powell, WY bull rider Kanin Asay.

There’s no rest for the weary as they say. So many Tri-State region rodeo athletes are home for the holidays but from the looks of things it won’t last long. A welcome sabbatical, most of the area cowboys and cowgirls are already planning their 2009 season. Several will be entering the upcoming rodeos such as Denver, Odessa and the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD.

Newell, SD cowboy Cody Taton came away from his first NFR with the title of 2008 Saddle Bronc average winner. The humble young cowboy was very pleased with his time at the Finals.

“I had a good trip,” Taton said. “I came into it in the last hole and I drew really well down there. I wish I would have ended better but there’s always next year.”

Taton had several good trips leaving fans thrilled at his riding style and classy dismounts. In round two, Taton made an almost flawless ride and then simply stepped off his bronc and tossed the reign over the horses neck as if it were a saddle horse.

As with other area cowboys, Taton planned to attend the upcoming rough stock events including the Chase Hawks Memorial held Saturday Dec. 20 in Billings, MT. He also plans to compete at the Buck ‘n Ball in Gillette, WY on New Year’s Eve.

“They always said I was an average bronc rider,” Taton chuckled. “Now I have the gold buckle to prove it.”

Quinn, SD bronc rider JJ Elshere was spending some quiet time at home with his wife and children after the Finals.

“Things were a little more relaxing this year,” Elshere said of the Finals. “That first one was a little nerve racking but I calmed down as we got further into it.”

This was Elshere’s second trip to the Finals. He won the average last year and won the eighth go round this year.

“I’ll be going to Denver and Odessa and of course the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid. That’s always a real fun deal,” he said.

Dickinson, ND saddle bronc rider Dusty Hausauer enjoyed his first trip to the NFR as well. Dusty ended up in sixth place overall and won round two with a score of 88.5.

“It was sure worth the all-night drives throughout the year,” he said. “I learned a lot over the year. I probably got on some horses I shouldn’t have but it taught me how to plan better for next year. I drew really well down at the Finals and had great chances each trip. It was very exciting.”

Hausauer plans to attend the Buck ‘n Ball as well and enter Odessa and Denver and hit the rodeo trail hard right off the bat.

South Dakota barrel racers Jill Moody and Lisa Lockhart also did very well in Vegas this year. Lockhart ended up in ninth place overall. Moody took home the average title at this year’s NFR and finished second in the world standings.

Moody agreed that this year was easier in that it was a more relaxed atmosphere. She said her horse Dolly was more relaxed and consistent this year as well.

“She made some scary runs last year,” Moody said of the eight-year-old mare. “She’s gotten more consistent and it wasn’t such a demolition derby this year.”

Other Tri-State area cowboys who did well include Mills, WY bareback rider Kelly Timberman and Powell, WY bull rider Kanin Asay.