NILE Raffle winners announced
The 2009 Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) Stock Show, ProRodeo, and Western Expo was held Oct. 10-17. This year’s NILE Raffle consisted of two prize options. The first drawing was for a two-year-old registered Quarter Horse filly that was donated by Chad and Erin Fink of Hysham, MT. This very fancy filly, Zips Sparkin Lady, was sired by their stallion, Zipanic by Simply a Spark. The second drawing was for a two-year-old Border Collie named Tripp. The stock dog was donated by John Rose from Rose Cattle Company of Three Forks, MT. Tripp’s pedigree included Linderman’s Spider and John Rose’s Bart.
The winner of the NILE Raffle Filly and Stock Dog was announced on Saturday, Oct. 17, during the Gold Buckle Select Performance Horse sale sponsored by First Interstate Bank – Heights. The 2009 filly winner was Ryane Clark of Casper, WY. The Border Collie, Tripp, was won by Pam Ziegler of White Sulpher Springs, MT who opted to auction the dog off. Dennis and Susan Nelson of Sheridan, MT were the buyers who purchased the dog for $1,100. Susan had spent the last 5 months training Tripp before he arrived at the NILE.
As part of the Western Expo, featured clinicians, Chris Cox and Josh Bilbrey, started and worked with the filly for the week leading up to the drawing on Saturday. The filly was started and ridden for the first time by Chris Cox during his clinic with about a thousand people in attendance the first weekend of the NILE. Later on in the week, Josh Bilbrey of Miles City continued to work and ride Zips Sparkin Lady until she was drawn for on Saturday. Tripp was entered in Elvin Kopp’s stock dog clinic which was held for 2 days before the drawing. Tripp had a great disposition and was working very well; the spectators really enjoyed watching this fine dog work.
The NILE would like to thank Chad and Erin Fink and Rose Cattle Company for their very generous donations of these fine animals for the raffle.
Proceeds from the raffle will go towards promoting youth and educational programs. For more information on how you can support youth programs through the NILE visit http://www.TheNile.org or call (406) 256-2495.