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Saddle Bronc Chute-Out set to be in White River on June 29

Bronc riding fans and contestants of all ages will be entertained Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the Frontier Arena in White River, S.D.

Contestants

The 3rd annual Saddle Bronc Chute-Out, hosted by the Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition, will feature 25 of the area's best bronc riders. Contestants entered so far are coming from South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Locally, Ben Adrian and Bill Chauncey are entered; Chauncey having just completed stellar performances at the High School Regionals, and heading for the South Dakota state finals next weekend in Belle Fourche.

Others entered at this time are Eric Addison of Caputa, S.D., who has been a finalist in the Chute-Out the past two years, as well as brothers Ty and Derek Kenner of Wood Lake, Neb., who have been top contenders. In addition, PRCA contestant Nate Nelson of Bismark, N.D., and his traveling partners Dude Koester, Jake Tescher and Sean Johnson, all from Medora, N.D., will vie for prize money.

Of the 25 contestants, 12 will come back to ride in the second and final round.

A $5,000 purse will be added to their entry fees, for the potential of a large pay-out for the 12 top riders.

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Youth Events

Added events this year will feature a round of mini bronc riding. Youth ages 7-14 will be riding miniature horses provided by Kevin Pinney of Philip, S.D. and Dean Hawk of Rosebud, S.D. All contestants in this event will receive a token prize. The two top mini bronc riders, determined by a combination of judge's scores and crowd enthusiasm during their ride, will receive Champion and Reserve Champion belt buckles!

Up to 16 contestants can enter the Mini Bronc event. No experience is necessary. Pinney said he will talk to the rider and match the rider's ability with a horse.

"We saw this event during a national event," organizer Joyce Glynn said, "and we just knew we had to offer it at our bronc ride. It is so much fun to watch those kids on miniature horses, and what a great way to get kids excited about rodeo!"

In addition to mini broncs, youth ages 5-6 will be riding sheep in a classic round of mutton bustin.' Prizes will be awarded to each of these contestants as well.

Added Attractions

The bronc riding will begin at 6 p.m. CST with the first round calcutta. A calcutta will be held for each round of riding.

John Costello, PRCA announcer from Sundance, Wyo., will serve as announcer, bringing his wit and wisdom for added entertainment.

Photo opportunities will be abundant for parents. George and Suzanne England of rural Mellette County will be present with a display of their goat herd, including four-legged baby 'kids' that love to be held and photographed with two-legged kids!

"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."

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."

Entries

For more information, or to enter yourself or a youth in any of the events, contact Roger or Joyce Glynn at 605-344-2533 or 605-441-5389, or e-mail rjglynn@gwtc.net

Gate admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for all school aged youth (6-17); 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. F

The Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition was formed following the death of Michael Glynn in 2006, who died in an alcohol-related car crash the morning after his high school graduation. Michael was a rodeo athlete, whose passion was bull riding. The mission of the MGM Coalition is to offer opportunities for youth and adults to become or stay alcohol, tobacco and drug-free.