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Rancher competition offers big bucks at the Black Hills Stock Show

Ranch rodeo competitors will vye for $30,000 in prizes at this year's event. Courtesy photo

The Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo will gather top ranchers from 13 states for a one day competition on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Teams comprised of four ranch-hands will compete for a chance to win over $30,000 in cash and prizes by competing in ranch driven events such as ranch bronc riding, roping and cattle wrangling. The prizes earned at the Black Hills Stock Show make it one of the most prestigious Ranch Rodeos in the nation.

Last year's event was the largest in the history of the stock show with 70 teams competing in the preliminary round for the chance to make it back to the finals held on Tuesday night. This event has become one of the most popular events and the move of the Ranch Rodeo to the Central States Fairgrounds, James Kjerstad Event Center, proved to be beneficial to both competitors and spectators.

"With more money up for grabs, we are estimating this to be the biggest Ranch Rodeo we have ever produced," said Ron Jeffries, Black Hills Stock Show General Manager.

A new format to determine final qualifiers will be implemented this year. Preliminary rounds will require teams to complete in three events within a five minute time period. The top 12 teams who complete the tasks in the least amount of time will advance into the evening performance.

Applications are available online at http://www.blackhillsstockshow.com for teams that wish to compete in the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo.

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