Soon-to-be father earns A big check in Rapid City |

Soon-to-be father earns A big check in Rapid City

There’s nothing like an expanding family to inspire a guy to dig a little deeper.

Bareback rider Mac Erickson can tell you a little bit about that after coming out of nowhere on Feb. 2, to win the bareback riding on the final night of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo® at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

The second man out in the Saturday night lineup, the Sundance, WY, cowboy was mounted on a bucking horse named Black Hills (probably a good omen) and vaulted to the top of the leader board with an 86-point ride, an effort that proved one point better than four-time World Champion Bobby Mote and Steven Dent, who tied for second.

“I didn’t know much about the horse, but she turned out to be everything you want in a bucking horse,” Erickson, 27, told the Rapid City Journal. “I know my wife is here and we have a baby boy going to join us in April, so this is big. Winning here really helps a bunch and will help me to get down the road.”

The other roughstock events also saw changes to the top of the leader board on the final night of this $199,294 rodeo, with Tyler Corrington tying home-state favorite Jeremy Meeks for the saddle bronc riding title and veteran bull rider Beau Hill completing a 91-point ride on Burch Rodeo Company’s Zombie Zoo to dislodge Nevada Newman from the top spot.

“I had that horse (C5 Rodeo’s Biff) in Cheyenne (Wyo.) last year,” Corrington said, “and he got 23 on both sides, so I knew I had my hands full. I knew I had to be aggressive and it felt like I got a little loose a couple times, but I kept going after him and it worked out. That was fun.”

The judges rewarded him with a score of 86 points, which equaled Meeks’ effort earlier in the week on Sutton Rodeo’s Time Rental. It was Meeks’ first rodeo appearance of the year, having spent the last few months home in Belle Fourche, S.D., tending cattle and spending time with family.

Hill completed the roughstock sweep by handling Zombie Zoo, the bull who bucked off World Champion Cody Teel in Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December in four seconds and had a 92 percent buck-off rate last season.

“That bull has been one of the rankest bulls around here for the last few years,” Hill said. “He bucked me off a couple of years ago in Red Lodge (Mont.), so it felt good to get him back tonight. I won fourth in Denver last week and am heading to Disneyland with the kids in about six days, so it’s good.”

According to, it was the 13th score of 90 points or more in Hill’s career and he managed it despite a sprained left (riding) wrist that he injured the week before in Denver.

The other Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo champions were steer wrestlers Linn Churchill, Clay Cowan, J.B. Lord and Jim Roedeske (3.7 seconds each), team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves (3.8 seconds), tie-down ropers Cade Swor and Jake Hannum (8.5 seconds each); and barrel racer Britany Fleck (12.40 seconds).

A special mention should be made of that four-way tie in the bulldogging, where the average age of the winners was 38 – aided largely by the presence of 44-year-old former NFR qualifier Churchill and Badlands Circuit legend Lord, who earned his share of the title on Feb. 1, two days shy of his 53rd birthday.

“I just don’t believe that you have to be done when you are 40 or 50,” Lord told the Rapid City Journal. “Age is more a mental thing. If you think you can do it, you can, and for me it’s still a blast.”

still a blast.”

Rodeo Results:

All-around cowboy: Landon McClaugherty, $8,081, team roping and tie-down roping.

Bareback riding:

1. Mac Erickson, 86 points on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills, $5,793

2. (tie) Bobby Mote and Steven Dent, 85, $3,862 each

4. Jessy Davis, 84, $2,124

5. (tie) Clint Cannon, Rollie Willson, Casey Colletti and Joe Gunderson, 83, $917 each.

Steer wrestling:

1. (tie) Linn Churchill, Clay Cowan, J.B. Lord and Jim Roedeske, 3.7 seconds, $3,686 each

5. Billy Boldon, 4.1, $2,534

6. (tie) Jason Miller and Chase Hammons, 4.3, $1,843 each

8. (tie) Jeff Johnston, Sterling Lambert, Cody Kroul, Nolan Conway and Del Ray Kraupie, 4.4, $415 each.

Team roping:

1. Dustin Bird/Paul Eaves, 3.8 seconds, $6,942 each

2. Landon McClaugherty/Tommy Zuniga, 4.0, $6,212

3. Tate Kirchenschlager/Will Woodfin, 4.1, $5,481

4. (tie) Blaine Linaweaver/Jake Twisselman, Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, Caleb Mitchell/Tyler McKnight and Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 4.2, $3,654 each

8. Tyler Schnaufer/T.J. Watts, 4.3, $1,827

9. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 4.5, $1,096

10. (tie) Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn and Lee Hagler/Riley Pedro, 4.7, $183 each.

Saddle bronc riding:

1. (tie) Jeremy Meeks, on Sutton Rodeos’ Time Rental, and Tyler Corrington, on C5 Rodeo’s Biff, 86 points, $4,053

3. Chad Ferley, 83, $2,600

4. (tie) Jeremy Means and Townsend Prince, 82, $1,377 each

6. Cole Elshere, 81, $765

7. Jake Wright, 80, $612

8. (tie) Jesse Bail, J.J. Elshere, Chuck Schmidt and Travis Nelson, 79, $115 each.

Tie-down roping:

1. (tie) Cade Swor and Jake Hannum, 8.5 seconds, $4,207 each

3. Jason Schaffer, 9.0, $3,506

4. (tie) Josh Graff and Rhen Richard, 9.4, $2,804 each

6. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Landon McClaugherty, 9.8, $1,870 each

8. Matt Shiozawa, 9.9, $1,169

9. (tie) Cole Fulton and Trevor Thiel, 10.1, $467 each.

Barrel racing:

1. Britany Fleck, 12.40 seconds, $4,850

2. Sammi Bessert, 12.60, $3,880

3. Carlee Pierce, 12.63, $3,152

4. Hayden Segelke, 12.77, $2,425

5. Lisa Lockhart, 12.82, $1,940

6. Mary Walker, 12.84, $1,455

7. Lisa Anderson, 12.90, $1,212

8. Theresa Walter, 12.91, $1,091

9. Rusty Quam, 12.92, $970

10. Rachel Tiedeman, 12.95, $849

11. Michelle Stobbe, 12.96, $727

12. Teresa Wolff, 12.98, $606

13. (tie) Melissa Thiessen and Kim Couch, 12.99, $424 each

15. Kassidy Dennison, 13.02, $242.

Bull riding:

1. Beau Hill, 91 points on Burch Rodeo Company’s Zombie Zoo, $4,532

2. Nevada Newman, 89, $3,474

3. (tie) Bayle Worden, Cody Campbell and Tyler Smith, 86, $1,762 each

6. Tyler Willis, 85, $755

7. Parker Breding, 84, $604

8. Corey Navarre, 83, $453.

Total payoff: $199,294. Stock contractor: Sutton Rodeos. Sub-contractors: C5 Rodeo, Southwick Rocky Mountain, Brookman-Hyland Rodeo, Burns Rodeo Company, New Frontier Rodeo and Burch Rodeo Company. Rodeo secretary: Jackie Higlin. Officials: Mike Todd, George Gibbs and Jim Whiting. Timers: Kim Sutton and Jerry Luckett. Announcers: Justin McKee and Wayne Brooks. Specialty act: John Payne-The One-Armed Bandit, Keith Isley and the Rodeo Girls. Bullfighters: Loyd Ketchum, Josh Rivinius and Mike Matt. Clown/barrelman: Justin Rumford. Flankman: Steve Sutton and various. Chute boss: Steve Sutton. Pickup men: Brent Sutton, Tyler Robertson and Mike Greenleaf. Photographer: Alisha Barry.


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