Saddle Bronc Chute-Out coming to White River
Rodeo fans should saddle up and head to White River, SD, on June 30. That is the date scheduled for the second annual Saddle Bronc Chute-Out, hosted by the Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition.
This year’s event will be held at night, under the arena lights.
“Michael always loved to ride under lights,” Joyce Glynn said. “We installed the lights at the White River arena a few years ago as a memorial to him. He would be thrilled to know this event will now be held at night, under his lights.”
The bronc riding will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CST) with the first round calcutta. Twenty-five cowboys will ride in this first round, with the top 12 combing back for the second round, and another chance to take home some prize money. The final round will consist of the top 6 riders from the second round.
A calcutta will be held for each round of riding. Prize money will also be given to the top riders in each round. With a $5,000 purse added to the contestant’s entry fees, there will be a total of $7,500 in prize money awarded throughout the three rounds. Last year, eight of the twenty-five cowboys took home prize money of at least $400. The top winner ended up with total winnings of nearly $2,400.
“This year we already have contestants from three states registered,” Glynn said. “So far, we’ve got riders coming from South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.”
As of now, the 25 slots for riders are filled, but other prospective contestants are encouraged to contact the entry office and be placed on stand-by in case someone ends up cancelling before June 30.
Some of the current contestants registered include Jade Blackwell, who is a former Arizona State High School saddle bronc champion, and currently riding in the collegiate finals. Also entered is Dillon Nipper, who is a consistent finalist in the Rocky Mountain Bronc Riders Association. Brothers Ty and Derek Kenner are entered again this year. They were the top prize winners last year, and are top contenders at nearly every rodeo they compete at. Round that out with names such as Eric Addison, Lane Hall, Chase Miller, Wyatt Kammemer, Lane Stirling, Tyson Beck and Cory Jobgen, (just to name a few) all riding Hollenbeck Rodeo Co. horses, and you can be assured of seeing some great saddle bronc action.
This event, as all events hosted by the Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition, is alcohol-free.
“We know the tragic consequences of drinking, and drinking and driving,” Glynn explains. “We want, especially young people, to know that you can have a lot of fun, even at a rodeo, without having alcohol involved. We don’t want anyone to drive away under the influence of alcohol.”
Representatives from The Rodeo News magazine plan on being at the Chute-Out this year, and will feature the Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition and winners of the Saddle Bronc Chute-Out in an upcoming edition of the magazine. The Rodeo News is the official magazine of a large number of high school, state, Little Britches and amateur rodeo associations.
“They heard about this event, and were really moved by the fact that we’re determined to keep it alcohol-free,” Glynn said. “We’re excited about the national exposure they will give this event!”
In addition to prize money for contestants, there will be prizes and gifts for spectators too.
“We’ve got some really fun, and healthy gifts lined up for everyone who comes through the gate,” she adds. “And just like last year, we’ll be giving free root beer floats to everyone who agrees to stay alcohol-free the whole weekend.”
Gate admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for youth ages 6-12; up to age 5 is free. Concessions will be available on the grounds. No drugs or alcohol will be allowed, nor will anyone be allowed in who appears to be under the influence of alcohol.
For more information, you can contact Roger or Joyce Glynn at 344-2533 or 441-5389, or e-mail email@example.com.
– Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition