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South Dakota Timed Event Championship taking entries

HURON, S.D. – The 3rd annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship (SDTEC) will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 1, in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.

"We've been nothing but impressed by the quality of competition and level of fan support," said Jason Edleman with SDTEC. "This is truly the area's finest youth rodeo talent and they deserve recognition."

The area's elite will compete in six timed events, including tie-down calf roping, barrel racing, team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping, and steer wrestling. Any rodeo youth from across the country, ages 14-18 are eligible to compete for the title, but entries are limited.

A horse trailer and seven event saddles will be awarded to the best performers as they compete for the Youth Timed Event title.

The event was started in 2011 by Edleman and Steven Birkholtz of SDTEC and continues to grow.

The SDTEC continues to bring in over 100 contestants, their families and fans to the State Fair, making it one of the premier events for spectators at the fair.

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"This really is the only youth rodeo event at the State Fair, let alone in the Midwest, and it draws a huge crowd," said Birkholtz. "Contestants and fans travel from across the state and nation to be at the S.D. Timed Event Championship."

Last year's champion, Casey Packer of Sturgis, S.D., took home a 2012 Featherlite 4-horse trailer and scholarship, along with a Champion team roping saddle. He partnered with his brother Cody Packer to capture the title.

Hallie Fulton of Miller, S.D., came in second, taking home the barrel racing honors. Others who took home titles include Jason Hapney of Harrold, S.D., steer wrestling; Kristi Steffes of Vale, S.D., breakaway roping; Seth Andersen of Hurley, S.D., calf roping; Chesney Nagel of Springfield, S.D., goat tying.

The 2013 South Dakota Timed Event Championship is en route to exceed expectations and promote the area's finest youth rodeo talent.

For more information, entry forms and pictures visit http://www.sdtimedeventchampionship.webs.com or like S.D. Timed Event Championship on Facebook.

–S.D. Department of Agriculture