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Bucking horses, bulls selected for awards in the Badlands Circuit

Minot, N.D. (October 23, 2018) – In rodeo, it’s not just the cowboys who get the glory. It’s the animals, too. 

In the Badlands Circuit, four bucking horses and two bulls have been honored with accolades. 

For the Badlands Circuit Year Awards, Yankee Rose and South Point, both bucking horses owned by Sutton Rodeo Co. won the events of bareback horse and saddle bronc horse, respectively. The bull Cougar, owned by Bailey Pro Rodeo, won bull of the year. 

For the Badlands Circuit Finals Awards, bareback horse Onion Ring and saddle bronc horse Bad Onion, both owned by Korkow Rodeos, won their events, and the bull of the finals was won by Ace High, of Bailey Pro Rodeo. 

Yankee Rose is a horse that Steve Sutton, along with his dad Jim and the family, based out of Oneida, S.D., raised. The seven-year-old buckskin was started in the saddle bronc riding but when she didn’t show an interest in it, the Suttons switched her to the bareback riding, and “she’s been one of the cowboys’ favorites ever since,” Steve Sutton said. “She’s cowboy friendly. She’s not an arm jerker, she’s not hard on their bodies, but she’s still marked nineteen or twenty points all the time.” 

The saddle bronc of the year, South Point, is owned by the Suttons and waits for no one. The twelve-year-old bay gelding doesn’t delay in the chutes; some cowboys don’t get a measurement on their rein because the gelding doesn’t wait around, Sutton said. At nearly every Sutton rodeo this year, the saddle bronc riding was won on him. This is the second year South Point has won the Badlands award. 

The bull of the year, Cougar, is a five-year-old black flat-horned animal who is “pretty rider friendly,” said Shane Gunderson, co-owner of Bailey Pro Rodeo, Baldwin, N.D. “They ride him about sixty percent of the time, but they win on him every time. He’s just good to ride.” 

For the finals awards, two Korkow horses were recognized. 

Onion Ring, an eight-year-old solid sorrel gelding, won the bareback horse of the finals. He’s docile, said TJ Korkow, who is the third generation of the family on the ranch near Pierre, S.D. “You can go up to him and pet him. He’s just dog gentle, but he loves what he does.” 

The cowboys love him, too. “He gets stronger as the ride goes on,” Korkow said. “He leaves the chute good, and as the ride progresses, he’s jumping higher and dropping harder.” Onion Ring was selected as the number two bareback horse in the PRCA for 2018. 

His half-brother, Bad Onion, won saddle bronc of the finals. Also an eight-year-old, Bad Onion is not like his sibling. “You cannot walk up to him without maybe him pawing you in the head,” Korkow joked. “He is not friendly.” The sorrel with socks on his back feet and a strip face leaves the chute and often kicks over the top rail of the chutes. “He’s a bucker,” Korkow said. 

In the bull riding, the bull Ace High is the one the cowboys love to ride. The six-year-old yellow bull, however, has other plans; in the last two years, only two cowboys have made a qualified ride on him. Outside the arena, he is “pretty easy to handle,” said Gunderson. “He’s just a nice bull.” 

Voting on the animals is done at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo by the contestants in their respective events. The Badlands Circuit Finals, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo was held in Minot October 5-7. Next year’s circuit finals will be October 11-13, 2019. For more information, visit www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com or www.ProRodeo.com. 

 

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MONEY IN MINOT 

Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo determines champions in North, South Dakota

MINOT, N.D. (October 9, 2016) – It came down to the wire for cowboys and cowgirls in Minot at this weekend’s RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. 

After four performances of the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, which hosts the circuit finals, year end (based on the amount of money won throughout the season) and average (based on combined points or times at the circuit finals rodeo) champions were determined in each of seven events. 

Those two champions per event will go on to qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Florida, in March of next year, where $1 million is up for grabs. 

Monies won at this year’s circuit finals and the RNCFR counts towards the world standings, for those contestants who choose to rodeo full time and try to qualify for the world championships, determined at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). 

The only race that was determined before the circuit finals started was in the bareback riding. 

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., had the year-end title sewn up before he got to town, because of his large lead. 

And when the four performances were over, he also had won the average title, the most points on four rides (321). He won first place in two rounds and second and fourth place in the other two rounds. “I was lucky to place in every round and get on good horses,” he said. “It was fun.” Breuer is ranked the number twelve bareback rider in the world standings and will compete at his fourth WNFR in December. 

It came down to the last run in the steer wrestling. 

Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D., held off the other eleven steer wrestlers to finish as the 2018 Badlands year end and average champion. 

He won money in three of the four rounds to have a total of 17.2 seconds on four head. In his final run on Sunday, he had the best steer in the herd. “I missed the barrier a little bit, and Billy (Boldon, the hazer) did a good job of putting him in my office. I almost screwed up (the run) but it worked out and it was fast enough to stay in the average.” 

The circuit finals might be over, but Morman, a 2016 Dickinson (N.D.) State University graduate, isn’t slowing down. “I have to keep it rolling going into 2019. Tomorrow we leave for the All-American Finals (Rodeo) in Waco, Texas, and we’ll stay pretty busy from here on out.” In the world standings, he finished 2018 in eighteenth place. “I finished too close in 2018 to not go (rodeo) in 2019.” 

Morman won the average title last year and the year-end title in 2015. 

In the last dozen years, no one has won more Badlands Circuit saddle bronc riding titles than J.J. Elshere. 

Elshere, of Hereford, S.D., kept the streak going by winning the year-end title again this year. 

He chased a WNFR qualification nation-wide this year and came into the circuit finals in second place behind Ty Manke. He won the first, second and fourth rounds but got bucked off in the third round, allowing Jade Blackwell to win the average with 302.5 points on four head. 

The 39 year old cowboy is one of the veterans in the circuit and thought the judges might have known that as well. “A couple of those rides, it felt like they gave me some old-man-points, maybe. ‘Thanks for coming, here’s a couple extra (points.)’” This year’s year-end title was his fifth; he’s won the average three times. “I’m pretty fortunate just to get to come here and get on good horses. I’m actually pretty blessed.” 

Blackwell’s circuit finals didn’t start as well as he’d have liked. For the first two rounds, he made qualified rides but they weren’t good enough to earn him checks. In the third round on Saturday night, when Blackwell won second place, eight of the twelve cowboys did not make qualified rides. Blackwell, along with Dickinson, N.D.’s Dusty Hausauer, were the only two cowboys who made qualified rides on all four horses. Hausauer finished with 298 points on four head. 

There was a new face in the barrel racing, and it wasn’t a human. 

For the first time in a dozen years, Lisa Lockhart was aboard a different horse at the Badlands Circuit Finals. 

The Oelrichs, S.D. cowgirl won both the year-end and average titles aboard her eight-year-old mare, Rosa. 

Lockhart has ridden her buckskin Louie for years, and fans are familiar with the gelding. 

But Louie stayed home this weekend and Rosa made the trip to Minot. 

Lockhart was unsure of how her mare would perform. “I hadn’t run her a whole lot inside, and I’d not run her in multiple runs. It was all to gain, nothing to lose by bringing her here. Sometimes you have to do those things to adapt.” 

Lockhart won first place in the first and third rounds and second place in the second and fourth rounds to finish with a time of 55.09 seconds on four runs. 

“We just climbed Mt. Everest, as far as I’m concerned,” Lockhart said, regarding her wins with Rosa. She chose to take a chance on Rosa at the circuit finals. “I really thought about bringing Louie, but it’s always the bigger picture. I need to advance Rosa.” 

Lockhart rides Rosa differently than she rides Louie. Rosa “really likes to turn, and so does Louie, but the difference is everything she does is more theatrical. She’s wired pretty tight, and therefore she’s more difficult to ride.” 

She is ranked fourth in the world standings and will compete at her twelfth WNFR this December. In the last dozen years, she has won the Badlands Circuit year-end or average title ten times. 

Tie-down roper Clint Kindred is headed back for his second RNCFR. 

The Oral, S.D. cowboy won both the year-end and average titles in Minot. 

He came into the circuit finals in third place, behind Dane Kissack and Joe Schmidt, and won money in every round but the fourth one, finishing with an average time of 38.6 seconds on four runs. 

“I got off to a good start and drew good calves,” he said. “It all fell together for me, really.” 

His fourth round run nearly ended in catastrophe. He stumbled after dismounting from his horse, but was able to make a 9.9 second run. It didn’t earn him money, but was fast enough to win the average. 

It was adrenaline that got him through the stumble. “After I fell down, it was straight panic mode.” 

Kindred won the 2016 RNCFR and plans on rodeoing full time next year. 

The team roping year end winners were Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. (header) and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. (heeler). Average winners were Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D. (header) and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D. (heeler.) 

For the second consecutive year, both bull riding titles went to Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D. 

The Rookie of the Year was awarded to Chance Rosencrans, Jamestown, N.D., and the all-around went to Riley Wakefield, O’Neill, Neb. 

Awards were also given to the Badlands bareback horse, saddle bronc, and bull of the year. Yankee Rose of the Sutton Rodeo Co. won Bareback Horse of the Year; South Point of Suttons won the Saddle Bronc of the Year. The bull Cougar, owned by Bailey Pro Rodeos, won Bull of the Year. 

  For the finals awards, the Bareback Horse of the Badlands Circuit Finals went to Onion Ring, Korkow Rodeos. The Saddle Bronc Horse of the Finals was won by Bad Onion, Korkow Rodeos, and the Bull of the Circuit Finals went to Ace High, Bailey Pro Rodeo. 

During the Sunday rodeo, the 2019 Miss Rodeo North Dakota was crowned, and Kara Berntson, Kulm, N.D., won the title. She is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University where she earned a bachelor degree in animal science with a minor in equine science. She served as the 2017 Miss North Dakota Winter Show Rodeo Queen. She is the daughter of Neal and Marla Berntson. 

The Minot Y's Men's Rodeo is a not-for-profit venture by the YMCA Men of Minot, N.D. Proceeds from each year’s rodeo benefit the Triangle Y Camp at Lake Sakakawea, near Garrison, N.D. Next year’s Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo will be October 4-6, 2019. Hess and 4- Bears Casino & Lodge are proud sponsors of the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. National sponsors include the PRCA, WPRA, RAM, Cinch, Justin Boots, Pendleton, Montana Silversmith, American Quarter Horse Association, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Only Vegas and Experience Kissimmee. 

 

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Cutline: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D. won both the year-end and average titles at the 2018 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo. He was also the 2017 champion. Photo by Cowboy Images/Peggy Gander.

Cutline: Lisa Lockhart with her young mare Rosa are the 2018 Badlands Circuit year-end and average champions. The Oelrichs, S.D. cowgirl is a perennial favorite at the circuit finals. Photo by Cowboy Images/Peggy Gander.  

Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Minot, ND 

4th performance October 7, 2018

Year end and average winners for the Badlands Circuit

All-around Champion: Riley Wakefield, O’Neill, Neb. 

All-around champion for the Finals: Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.

 

Bareback riding

Bareback Riding Year End Champion: Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

Bareback Riding Average Champion: Ty, Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

 

4th go round results:

1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. on Sutton’s Time Rental, 87 points; 2. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. 82; 3. Nate S McFadden, Elsmere, Neb. 80.5; 4. Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 78.5.

 

Average results:

1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 321 points on 4 head; 2. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. 312; 3. Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 293.5; 4. Nick Schwedhelm, Fort Calhoun, Neb. 235 on 3 head.

 

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling Year End Champion: Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D.

Steer Wrestling Average Champion: Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D.

 

4th go round results:

1. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D, 4.0 seconds; 2. Cameron Mormon, Glen Ullin, N.D., 4.1; 3. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 4.2; 4. (tie) Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. and Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D. 4.4.

 

Average results:

1. Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D. 17.2 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 18.6; 3. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D. 19.1; 4. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. 22.9.

 

Team Roping

Team Roping Year End Champion Header: Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D.

                                                            Heeler: Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.

Team Roping Average Champion Header: Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D

                                                            Heeler: Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D

 

4th go round results:

1. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 5.1 seconds; 2. Tim P Nelson, Midland, S.D. and Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D. 5.3; 3. Cooper White, Hershey, Neb. and Tucker White, Hershey, Neb. 5.4; 4. Shaw Loiseau, Flandreau, S.D. and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D. 6.2.

 

Average results:

1. Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D. and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D. 46.4 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 15.5 on 3 runs; 3. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D. and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 17.1; 4. Wyatt Bice, Killdeer, N.D. with Tel Schaack, Edgemont, S.D 18.7.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Year End Champion: JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D.

Saddle Bronc Average Champion: Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D

 

4th go round results:

1. (tie) JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 84 points on Sutton’s Fancy and Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 84 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Dancing Bear; 3. Kaden Deal, Eagle Butte, S.D. 81.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 77.5.

 

Average results:

1. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 302.5 points on 4 rides; 2. Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D. 298; 3. JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 247 on 3 rides; 4. Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D. 238.5.

 

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing Year End Champion: Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

Barrel Racing Average Champion: Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

 

4th go round results:

1. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 13.53 seconds; 2. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 13.59; 3. Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D. 13.62; 4. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 13.71.

 

Average results:

1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 55.09 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 55.57; 3. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 55.65; 4. Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D. 56.33.

 

Tie-down Roping

Tie Down Roping Year End Champion: Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.

Tie Down Roping Average Champion: Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.

 

4th go round results:

1. Matt Peters, Oral, S.D. 8.7 seconds; 2. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. 8.8; 3. Riley Wakefield, O’Neill, Neb. 9.2; 4. (tie) Blake Eggl, Minot, N.D. and Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 9.4 each.

 

Average results:

1. Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D. 38.4 seconds on 4 runs; 2. Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 42.5; 3. Riley Wakefield, O’Neill, Neb. 43.7; 4. Mike Johnson, Henryetta, O.K. 47.2.

 

Bull Riding

Bull Riding Year End Champion: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

Bull Riding Average Champion: Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.

 

4th go round results:

1. Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D. on Sutton’s High Roller, 86 points; no other qualified rides.

 

Average results:

1. Jeff Bertus, Avon , S.D. 168.5 points on two rides; 2. Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb. 168; 3. Ryan Knutson, Toronto, S.D. 77 on 1 ride; 4. (tie) Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D and Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, Neb. 76 each.

 

** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com and www.ProRodeo.com.


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RODEO FAMILY REUNION 

South Dakota, Minnesota families gather in Minot to watch competition, enjoy family

Minot, N.D. (September 24, 2018) – When the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo kicks off next weekend, there will be a mini-family reunion taking place. 

Dane Kissack, a tie-down roper from Spearfish, S.D., his family, and his wife’s family have congregated in Minot the last several years to enjoy each other’s company and the rodeo. 

Kissack, his wife Kelli, his parents, Phil and Terri Kissack, his maternal grandmother, Marlene Griffith, Kelli’s mom, Kim Bones, her maternal grandmother, Kari Kannenberg and her aunt LuAnn Grossman, plus a few friends, will be on hand to watch him compete. (Kelli’s dad John will be helping harvest on the family farm in South Dakota.) 

The combined families use their time in Minot to hang out, visit, and watch the rodeo. 

It’s one of the few times of the year that Dane is at one rodeo for more than a few hours. Usually cowboys get to a rodeo, make their run or ride, then leave when it’s over, headed to the next one. But in Minot, because it’s the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, the top twelve in each event compete in four performances October 5-6-7. That means that Dane is in one place for multiple days, and the families can get together. 

Kelli’s family comes from the Minneapolis area, and although Minot isn’t geographically centrally located between Spearfish and Minneapolis, the family can gather and spend several days together as Dane ropes. 

They stay in several hotel suites, buy groceries in Minot, and enjoy burgers, steaks and plenty of good food at lunch and after the rodeo each night. It’s a great way to enjoy each other, relax, and enjoy the slower pace of the rodeo. 

Minot is also a good time for the women of the bunch to shop. They visit the mall, the special unique shops, and the trade show at the rodeo, then have fun dressing up for the rodeo each day. “It’s a fun time to get dressed up,” said Terri Kissack, Dane’s mom. “We’ll go shopping, we share what everybody got that is new. We have a blast doing that.” 

Terri loves coming to the Y’s Men’s Rodeo. Because it’s the best cowboys and cowgirls in the Badlands Circuit, the contestants get special treatment. The rodeo is “a big deal to Minot,” she said. Even as a mother of one of the contestants, “you feel special. We are treated very, very well. Minot is a great place.” 

Dane, along with the other contestants at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo, hosted by the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, will compete October 5-7. Performances are at 7 pm on Fri., Oct. 5; 1 pm and 7 pm, on Sat., Oct. 6, and 1:30 pm on Sun., Oct. 7. 

Tickets are discounted for the Family Day performance at 1 pm on Sat., Oct. 6, and for the military appreciation performance at 1:30 pm on Sun., Oct. 7. Tickets range in price from $13 to $33 and can be purchased online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website or call 701.833.1761. 

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GRATEFUL FOR EXERCISE 

Minot woman benefits from exercise program during cancer treatment; rodeo raises funds for program

Minot, N.D. (September 13, 2018) – JoNell Gibson has the energy to knit, enjoy her book club, and build garden benches, yard art and autumn decorations from repurposed items. 

But it wasn’t too long ago that she was exhausted. 

The Minot woman was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and underwent a lumpectomy last November. Sixteen treatments of radiation left her tired and not feeling well at all. 

But she began the exercise program at the Minot Family YMCA. Designed specifically for people undergoing cancer treatment, the Trinity Cancer Exercise Rehab Program at the YMCA provides a way for them to exercise, under the supervision of trainer Russell Gust and his staff, who design a program for each of them, specific to their needs. 

The exercise program helps them gain back their life quality and give them the energy that cancer has sapped from them. 

For Gibson, it helped. She took part of her treatment in Arizona, where she and her husband, Vaughn, winter. “When I came home from Arizona, I wasn’t motivated. I was tired all the time,” she said. “I’m a believer in exercise, that it makes you feel better.” 

The program consists of twelve weeks, and Gibson has two weeks left. When she started, she could walk five laps, a little more than a half mile, before she was tired. Her goal was two miles: sixteen laps, which she has attained. She also uses the circuit machines, to strengthen leg and arm muscles, and rides the stationary bike as well. 

 "Going through cancer, and having radiation, you’re not really feeling like exercising very much,” she said. “This is a good way to get back into it.” 

Gibson has a friend who is going through cancer treatments, and she’d like her friend to use the exercise rehab program. “I told her I definitely think I have more energy.” The program isn’t intimidating for non-exercisers. “It’s geared towards your level,” Gibson said. “It’s not going to make you a marathon runner. It’s to build up strength, so you feel stronger and are able to do things better.” 

The tumor in Gibson’s breast hadn’t spread, and doctors were able to remove it. Life is getting back to normal, which includes Bible studies, a homemakers club, and the knitting and book club. Her improved energy has helped her and a friend work on their hobby business, building garden and home items from recycled pieces. 

And for that, Gibson is grateful. 

The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo hosts a Tough Enough to Wear Pink night on Friday, October 6 during the rodeo at All Seasons Arena, North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot. Fans are asked to wear pink to the rodeo to bring recognition and awareness to those fighting cancer. 

Tough Enough to Wear Pink t-shirts are for sale at the Minot Family YMCA. Proceeds from t-shirt sales go to fund the Exercise Rehab program; since it began, over $680,000 has been raised and 521 people have gone through the program, at no charge. 

More information can be found online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com. The rodeo is also held on Sat., October 6 at 1 pm and 7 pm and on Sun., October 7 at 1:30 pm.

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COMPETITIVE DRIVE  

Minot man satisfies desire for competition with team roping; will rope at Y’s Men’s Rodeo

Minot, N.D. (September 17, 2018) – Blake Eggl is competitive.  

In high school and college, football fed his competitive drive.  

When he graduated from Minot State University in 2012 and school sports were over, rodeo filled the void.  

And for the first time, the Minot native will compete at the pro rodeo in his hometown.  

Eggl is one of twelve tie-down ropers to qualify for the upcoming Y’s Men’s Rodeo, hosting the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.  

To compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals, a cowboy has to be one of the top twelve in his or her event, after the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association season of rodeos in North Dakota and South Dakota is complete.  

Eggl began rodeo as soon as he was able to ride a horse, by the age of seven or eight. He traveled with his dad, Kelly Eggl, also a tie-down roper, and the duo went to rodeos sanctioned by the Rough Riders; those rodeos had events for both adults and kids.  

But rodeo was on the back burner during high school and college. “Growing up, I loved football, and still do,” he said. A college scholarship to play football was a priority.  

He played for Minot State as a running back and on special teams as an underclassman. His senior year, Eggl was a starter.  

After college graduation in 2012, Eggl was back to the rodeo arena. He continued competition in the Rough Riders, traveling with his dad again, and also at PRCA rodeos. His dad had roped at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo, before it hosted the Badlands Circuit Finals, and Blake remembered sitting in the stands, watching. He wanted to rope at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo, but it required being in the top twelve in the circuit.  

And each year, there was an obstacle. Two knee surgeries and a back surgery, all from football injuries, limited his rodeo.  

This year, he was ready. “This is the healthiest I’ve been since I was 22,” he said. Eggl roped at 35 pro rodeos and another 30-plus amateur rodeos this year.  

Juggling work and rodeo has been a challenge. Working for an agricultural company, he’s free to compete on the weekends. Sometimes he would get home on Monday morning in the wee hours and be ready for work by 8 am.  

He figures he’s rarely missed a year of the Y’s Men’s Rodeo. Even during college, he’d attend on the Thursday night; football practice and a game took precedence on the weekend.  

And this time, Eggl will be at the rodeo, but not in the stands. He’ll be roping. “I’ve always wanted to make the circuit finals, but when it’s in your hometown, man, I really want to make it,” he said. “I’m super excited.”  

Eggl, along with the other competitors, will compete four times: Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 pm, Sat., Oct. 6 at 1 pm and 7 pm, and Sun. Oct. 7 at 1:30 pm. The year-end champion and average champion (the contestant with the fastest times or highest scores after four runs) will be determined on Sunday, and qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Florida next April.  

Eggl is married to Ashley, also a Minot native.  

The 64th annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is October 5-7 at All Seasons Arena at the North Dakota State Fair Center. Note that there is no Thursday night show this year; it has been moved to a Saturday matinee. Tickets range in price from $13 to $33 and can be purchased online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website or call 701.833.1761.  

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RHINESTONES AND RODEO  

Zeeland woman, former Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo queen, represents North Dakota  

Minot, N.D. (September 10, 2018) – Hope Ebel is the 2018 Miss Rodeo North Dakota, and she will be in Minot for the Y’s Men’s Rodeo October 5-7.  

Ebel, a native of Zeeland, North Dakota, was crowned last October at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo and will represent the state in Las Vegas at the Miss Rodeo America pageant in December.  

Ebel got her start in the rodeo queen pageant world on a whim. She was helping at the Ashley rodeo, in the back pens with the steers and calves, doing the “grunt work,” when someone said there were no candidates running for the Ashley rodeo queen title. The day before her registration papers were due, she decided to throw her hat in the ring. She won the title, and two years later, in 2017, got her second crown, when she was appointed the title of Miss Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo.  

As Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Ebel took off a year of college to focus on her role as the state’s rodeo representative. She graduated from high school in 2016 and has completed two years of college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, where she is studying animal science/biomedical science. She originally planned on being a veterinarian, but a year spent being a rodeo queen has changed her plans.  

She learned that following one’s dreams is important. “This year I learned we are more powerful than we think, and we should invest in our lives,” she said. Her plans have changed; she will pursue a medical degree.  

This year traversing the state and the nation has taught her a lot of things, she said. Her original plan of veterinary school was because she didn’t think she should pursue a medical degree. “To invest that much time and money into myself didn’t seem that smart, till I realized I had to do it for my future. Everybody goes through life struggles, but you also realize that just because of hard times, you can’t set yourself back. You have to go for it and take the risk.”  

Ebel got her EMT certification four years ago, and has served on the ambulance crew in Zeeland, and occasionally, Ashley.  

As a state rodeo queen, being in contact with so many people has been special. She has visited schools and nursing homes, and remembers an occasion at a nursing home in Wibaux, Montana, in the memory care division. As she walked into the room of a World War II veteran, she asked how he was doing. He brightened up and said he was looking for a pretty gal. Ebel answered, “how’s that going?”, and he answered, “I think they brought me one.” Throughout her year, she’s learned “we touch a lot of people’s lives and we don’t know it.”  

She is proud to represent North Dakota at the national pageant December 3-10 in Las Vegas. Her year as Miss Rodeo North Dakota “has made me proud of the people I get to represent and made me proud of where I’m from. It’s the people who make our state so great.”  

Ebel will be on hand at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo at the North Dakota State Fair Center October 5-7. She will carry flags in the grand entry and sign autographs, and the week of the rodeo, she will do school visits and media interviews. She is the daughter of Ordeen and Kristi Ebel.  

The 64th annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is October 5-7. There is no longer a Thursday evening performance; it has been moved to a Saturday afternoon matinee. Performances are Oct. 5 at 7 pm, Oct. 6 at 1 pm and 7 pm, and Oct. 7 at 1:30 pm. Tickets range in price from $13-$33 and can be purchased online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website or call 701.833.1761.  

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IT’S A DATE 

Minot rodeo makes changes to schedule, start times

Minot, N.D. (March 22, 2018) –Several changes are in store for the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, hosting the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D. in October. 

This year’s rodeo will be held on October 5-6-7, with a 7 pm start on Fri., Oct. 5, a 1 pm matinee and a 7 pm start on Sat., Oct. 6, and a 1:30 pm kickoff on Sun., Oct. 7. 

In past years, the rodeo has had a Thursday evening performance but this year, it is replaced with a Saturday afternoon matinee. The purpose for the Saturday afternoon matinee is two-fold, said rodeo committee chairman Steve Bogden. It will be a convenience for cowboy and cowgirl contestants, as they will not need to be to Minot till Friday, taking away less time from work and school. Bogden also hopes attendance will increase for the Saturday matinee, compared to the Thursday show. “We hope we can get families who haven’t had the opportunity to go to the rodeo because of school or sports.” 

The committee will offer discounted tickets for the Sat. matinee. Tickets are discounted by $10 from the other performances. Adult tickets will be $23 for gold and $13 for silver. Kids tickets will be $8. 

Evening performances will begin a half-hour later than in past years (7 pm for Oct. 5 and 6). 

Other changes include more mutton busting entries. Sheep riding will be expanded from eight riders per performance to ten, and registration will take place from mid-August to mid-September.


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Badlands Circuit Championship Begins
North Dakota rides South Dakota horse;
horse carries three cowboys to first, second and third places
MINOT, N.D. (October 5, 2017) – A North Dakota man won the steer wrestling during the first round of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D. October 5.
Cameron Morman, of Glenullin, turfed his steer in a time of 4.2 seconds to take home a check for $1,620.
The 24 year old cowboy didn’t make a perfect run, but it turned out all right, anyway. “Man, I was just thinking,” he said, “score sharp and ride my horse good. I scored sharp and rode my horse terrible.” Morman knew how he should have ridden. “You kind of need to make a quick move, and I rode (the horse) real lazy and crawled off early, but it ended up working out. That’s not what you’re supposed to do, but I did, and it worked.”
He was aboard Jake Rinehart’s twelve-year-old buckskin, named Rio, a horse he, Rinehart and Chason Floyd will ride all weekend. Morman, Floyd, of Buffalo, S.D., and Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D. rode Rinehart’s horse at rodeos in the northwestern part of the U.S. the last few months. Rio is “a really nice horse,” Morman said. “He’s super easy, just a great horse.”
Morman, a graduate of Dickinson (N.D.) State University, has a game plan for the next three rounds of the circuit finals: “don’t break the barrier and catch every one of them. That’s my plan. You don’t have to win every round, you just have to catch every steer.”
The top three winners in the steer wrestling all rode Rio: Morman, Floyd, who won second with a time of 4.4 seconds, and Rinehart, in third place with a 4.5 second run. Chason Floyd, who has qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this year, entered the circuit finals in first place and holds his lead over Morman, who is second in the year-end race. Rinehart sits third in the rankings.
In the team roping a South Dakota-Nebraska partnership came out on top.
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D., and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., had a time of 4.6 seconds to win the first round.
Kasner enters the circuit finals in first place, with Olson in third. The two roped together about two and a half months this year, as Olson lives in Texas for the school year. Kasner roped with Scot White last fall.
Other first go-round winners were bareback rider Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. (82 points); saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D. (80 points), barrel racer Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D. (13.72 seconds); tie-down ropers Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. and Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. (9.6 seconds each) and bull rider Tate Smith, Litchville, S.D. (84 points). 
 
The second, third and fourth rounds of the Circuit Finals continue Oct. 6-8. Tomorrow night’s rodeo is the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance, with monies raised going to benefit cancer patients through the Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab Program in Minot. Over the past eleven years, over $640,000 has been raised, allowing more than 400 cancer patients to enroll in the Cancer Exercise Rehab Program for free. For more information on the rodeo, visit MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For full results from this night’s rodeo, visit ProRodeo.com.
 
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Cutline: Cameron Morman wins the first round of the steer wrestling at the 2017 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo. The rodeo continues Oct. 6-8 at the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot. Photo courtesy Cowboy Images/Peggy Gander.  
Results, 1st Go-Round Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo
October 5, 2017
 
Bareback Riding
Bareback riding
1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 82 points on Sutton’s Hard Hat; 2. Jordan Pelton, Halliday, N.D, 78.50; 3. Nick Schwedhelm, Sioux Falls, S.D. 77; 4. Shane O’Connell, Rapid City S.D. 75.
Steer Wrestling
1. Cameron Morman, Glenullin N.D. 4.2 seconds; 2. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. 4.4; 3. Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D. 4.5; 4. Beau Frazen, Sidney, Mont. 4.7.
Team Roping
1. Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D./Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb. 4.6 seconds; 2. J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Levi Lord, Sturgis, SD. 5.6; 3. Wyatt Bice, Killdeer N.D./ Derick Fleming, Killdeer, N.D. 6.1; 4. Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D./ Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D. 6.6.
Saddle bronc riding
1. JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D. 80 points on Sutton Rodeo’s West Coast Kitty; 2. Louie Brunson, New Underwood, S.D. 78; 3. Jacob Lewis, Onge, S.D., 77; 4. Kash Deal, Dupree, S.D. 75.
Barrel racing
1. Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D. 13.72 seconds; 2. Britta Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D. 13.85; 3. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 13.90; 4. (tie) Jackie Schau, Almont, N.D. and Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D. 13.92 each.
Tie-down Roping
1. (tie) Paul David Tierney, Oral S.D., and Trey Young, Dupree, S.D. 9.6 seconds each; 3. Jess Woodward, Dupree S.D., 9.8; 4. Cole W Hatzenbuehler, Solen N.D., 10.1.
Bull Riding
1. Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D. 84 points on Sutton Rodeo’s Decorated Clown; 2. Ryan Knutson, Toronto, S.D., 81; 3. Dakota Rice, Hermosa, S.D., 79; 4. Tate Thybo, Belle Fourche, S.D., 78.5.
** All results are unofficial.  
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CHILI CUISINE
Second annual Chili Cook-Off to take place during Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo Oct. 7
Minot, N.D. (September 18, 2017) –The aroma of chili will be wafting through the air during the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo.
On October 7, the second annual Chili Cook-Off will take place at the State Fair Center.
Last year was the first year the cook-off took place, and second place honors went to the Ranger Lounge team, made up of Bob Napora, Ricky Napora, and Helen Groves. Groves was the main chef; Bob and Ricky were the “sous chefs.” The competition was for cowboy chili, and the team’s recipe included chicken and beef broth, Cimarron chili powder, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and ground beef. They had no secret recipe. “I just kind of put stuff together and keep tasting,” Groves said. She has cooked for different food competitions, including chili, Kansas City barbecue, and ribs, across several states.
Groves was the cook for the team last year. “She is our expert cook, to tell you the truth,” Bob said. “We just helped her cut everything and do all that.”
The chili cook-off is more than about the recipe; it’s the friends made along the way. “It’s just the people there,” Bob said. “Everybody loves to compete like that.” For Groves, it’s the camaraderie. “You get to visit with the teams, you get to taste each other’s chili and make comments, and give them a bad time. It’s just a lot of fun.”
Last year, first place in the inaugural year for the chili cook-off went to Team Yum-Yum (Paul and Caroline Probst). Third place was won by Team McGoo (Wayne Whitty and Teresa McGeough.)
Prizes will be awarded for the first three places in the chili cook-off: $500 to first place, $300 to second place, and $200 to third place. Rules and registration can be found at www.minotysmensrodeo.com.
Teams may start cooking at 12 noon on October 7; turn-in is at 4 pm and winners are announced at 5 pm.
The second annual Chili Cook-Off is held in conjunction with the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, which runs October 5-8. Rodeo performances are at 6:30 pm on Oct. 5-7 and at 1:30 pm on Oct.8. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com or at the gate.
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 EQUINE PARTNERS IN RODEO
Horses of the Year Awards selected for Pro Rodeo’s Badlands Circuit
 Minot, N.D. (October 14, 2016) – Five horses have won the PRCA’s Badlands Circuit’s Horse of the Year awards for 2016.
 Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year went to Tiger, the horse owned by Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. The Hazing Horse of the Year was won by Kody Woodward’s horse Baby. Tie-down Roping Horse of the Year went to Rat, owned by Jerry Means and ridden by Matt Peters, Hot Springs, S.D. In the team roping, Head Horse of the Year was awarded to Bad Brown, owned and ridden by J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Heel Horse of the Year went to Derick Fleming’s Catniss.
 Tiger, a thirteen-year-old brown horse, is owned and ridden by Floyd. Floyd bought the horse from Canadian steer wrestler Clayton Moore, and says the horse is a “good, solid horse. He’s pretty easy. He runs hard, always stays honest, and never takes a step out.” If Tiger has a fault, it’s that he gets a bit close to the steer sometimes. “He runs a little tight, but that’s really his only deal,” Floyd said.  
This summer, Floyd traveled with Kody Woodward and Taz Olson, who all qualified for the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, and Billy Boldon. All four men rode Tiger during the summer, and at the Finals, Floyd and Cameron Moorman rode him. Floyd won the year-end Badlands title on the horse at the Circuit Finals. Last year, when Floyd was injured, his older brother Colt rode him, winning the average title at the 2015 Badlands Circuit Finals. This year was Chason’s first qualification to the Circuit Finals but Tiger’s second trip. “He had to show me the ropes,” Floyd joked, “tell me where everything was.”
 The Badlands Circuit Hazing Horse of the Year Award went to a small horse who is boss in the rig.
 Baby, owned and ridden by Kody Woodward, is in the trailer along with three other steer wrestling and hazing horses, and “of the four horses, he’s the smallest one and thinks he’s the biggest,” Woodward said. “He definitely has a personality. He’s not mean, but he likes to bully them around.”
 Baby, a seven year old roan that Woodward purchased from Matt Zancanella three years ago, is the best hazing horse Woodward has ever had. “He sets good in the corner, and he’s good on quick starts. Once you go, he has plenty of run to keep up. He’s the best one I’ve ever owned for sure.”
 Floyd, who traveled with Woodward this year and rode Baby, agreed. “He’s the fastest hazing horse I’ve ever rode.”
 Baby, whose original name was Baby Bull, is small but has a large personality. “He’s ornery, and he’s terrible to ride around and warm up,” Woodward said. “He rides around like he’s ill-broke.” But once he’s in the arena, he’s fine. “If you were to warm him up, you’d think he was terrible at hazing,” Floyd said.
 The horse weighs about 1,000 lbs., Woodward estimated. “He hasn’t grown into the bull part of his name yet,” he said. “He has a Shetland pony attitude.” But he’s a winner in the arena. “I’m confident, no matter who I put on him, they’re going to do good.”
 Baby was ridden at the Badlands Circuit Finals by Woodward and Floyd.
 The Tie-down Roping Horse of the Year was won by Rat, an eleven year old roan owned by Jerry Means of Gillette, Wyo., and ridden by Matt Peters of Hot Springs, S.D.
 When Peters was a student at Gillette (Wyo.) College, he began roping with Means, and then began riding Rat. “He was a little green when I first started riding him, but he was automatic, with a strong stop, and pretty easy to ride.”
The horse was purchased by Means from the Fulton Performance Horse sale, and he’s ideal for tie-down roping. “He’s got a lot of speed, and a lot of heart, and he can stop good. He never weakens. He gives you the same shot every time.”
Rat also has a lot of personality. “He’s kind of a pain in the butt sometimes,” Peters said. “He has to get into everything. He’s very curious, very friendly.” He’s able to be ridden by younger riders as well. “Jerry’s little kids will get on him, and do barrels at the house.”
 Peters, a 2016 graduate of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., competed at the 2016 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.
 In the team roping, the Heading Horse of the Year award went for the second consecutive year to J.B. Lord’s horse Bad Brown. Brown, a fourteen year old brown gelding, is “so consistent,” Lord said. “He scores really good every time, he runs hard, and he’s really good on the end of the rope.” Lord estimates that Bad Brown has roped at the Badlands Circuit Finals six times; Lord has won the Badlands Circuit team roping title on him the last three years.
 The Heeling Horse of the Year Award was won by Derick Fleming’s seven-year-old buckskin Catniss. He purchased the mare a year ago. “She just can really run, real easy. She really slides and stops,” the Killdeer, N.D. cowboy said. “It’s easy for her to work.” She also has a good personality. “She’s pretty dang gentle, although she kind of wants to bite you once in a while when you put her horse blanket on.”
 It was Fleming’s first year to compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals, where he finished third in the average. He has qualified for the Wilderness Circuit Finals twice and the Montana Circuit Finals a dozen times.
For the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association, the Badlands Barrel Racing Horse of the Year was won by Brandy, owned and ridden by Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D. Brandy, an eight-year-old sorrel, carried Griemsman to double championships in the Badlands Circuit: year-end and average titles, and to a nineteenth place finish in the world standings, just four holes out of qualification for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
 The Badlands Circuit consists of the PRCA rodeos in North Dakota and South Dakota. The pro rodeo championship for the circuit was held October 6-9 in Minot, where the Horse of the Year Awards, voted on by the contestants in each event, were awarded.
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 Cutline: Chason Floyd steer wrestles during the second performance of the Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot, N.D. October 7. He rides the Badlands Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, a thirteen year old brown horse named Tiger. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
 Cutline: Header J.B. Lord (on the right) is the owner of the Badlands Circuit Heading Horse of the Year. His horse, Bad Brown, won the award for the second year in a rodeo. Lord roped with his son, Levi, at the Badlands Circuit Finals, where they won the year-end title. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Cutline: Rat, the 2016 Badlands Circuit Tie-down Roping Horse of the Year works the rope for his rider, Matt Peterson, at the 2016 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D. The horse is owned by Jerry Means. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Cutline: Baby, a seven-year-old roan, is the Badlands Hazing Horse of the Year and is owned by Kody Woodward. In this photo, Woodward steer wrestles while Chason Floyd rides Baby. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
 
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 GOLD BUCKLE DREAMS
Local contestants qualify for Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot
 Minot, N. D.: (October 3, 2016) Ninety-four cowboys and cowgirls from across North Dakota and South Dakota are dreaming of gold buckles in Minot.
 This weekend, at the N.D. State Fair Center in the Magic City, pro rodeo’s regional championship will take place, with the top twelve cowboys in each event (and the top twelve cowgirls in the barrel racing) qualifying to compete at the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo.
 The rodeo is Oct. 6-9, with performances at 6:30 pm Oct. 6-7-8 and a 1:30 pm matinee on Oct. 9.
 The winners (both year-end and from the weekend) in each event will win the gold buckles and go on to compete at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., April 6-9, 2017.
 Headlining this year’s list are two cowboys, each hopeful to head to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), pro rodeo’s world championship event. Ty Breuer, bareback rider from Mandan, N.D., is in twelfth place in the world (and in first place in the Badlands Circuit). This year’s Wrangler NFR will be his second qualification; he went in 2013, where he finished in fourteenth place in the world.
 Keldron, S.D.’s Chuck Schmidt will also be headed to the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas in December. He is ranked fourteenth in the world standings (and first in the Badlands Circuit standings); this will be his third trip to the Wrangler NFR; he previously went in 2011 and 2015.
 Badlands Circuit champs returning to defend their titles include eight of the nine champions. Bareback rider Casey Breuer (brother to Ty, from Mandan, N.D.), steer wrestler Cameron Morman, Glenullen, N.D., team ropers J.B. Lord and son Levi Lord, both of Sturgis, S.D., saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D., barrel racer Calyssa Thomas, Harrold, S.D., tie-down roper Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb., and all-around champion Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D. All return to try for another championship buckle.
The Badlands Circuit is made up of the 27 pro rodeos (including three bull ridings and a saddle bronc riding match) across North and South Dakota. Qualifiers to the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo must compete at a minimum of ten rodeos for Dakota residents and fifteen for non-residents.
 A complete list of contestants follows.
 Tickets are available for the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo. The rodeo, held October 6-9 at the State Fair Center in Minot, determines the year end champion for all pro rodeos in North and South Dakota. The rodeo will pay out over $200,000 and will determine the year end and average winner in each event, who will represent the circuit at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo next April. For more information on the rodeo and to purchase tickets, visit www.minotysmensrodeo.com.
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Cutline Mandan’s Ty Breuer enters this year’s Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in first place in the bareback riding. The Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot Oct. 6-9 hosts the best cowboys in North Dakota and South Dakota and crowns the region’s pro rodeo champions. Photo courtesy Peggy Gander.
 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo Contestants, Minot, N.D. October 6-9, 2016
 Bareback riding
1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
2. Jordan Pelton, Dunn Center, N.D.
3. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D.
4. Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
5. Mike Fred, Killdeer, N.D.
6. Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
7. Nick Schwedhelm, Brookings, S.D.
8. Dustin Luper, Provo, S.D.
9. Jake Smith, Rapid City, S.D.
10. Mac Erickson, Sundance, Wyo.
11. Andrew Hall, Wagner, S.D.
12. Joe Wilson, Martin, S.D.
 
Steer wrestling
1. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D.
2. Justice Johnson, Bismarck, N.D.
3. Tyler Schau, Almont, N.D.
4. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
5. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D.
6. Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D.
7. Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D.
8. Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D.
9. Ty Talsma, Verdigre, Neb.
10. Clay Schaack, Wall, S.D.
11. Jason Reiss, Manning, N.D.
12. Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, N.D.
 
Team roping – headers
1. JB Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
2. Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D.
3. Tyrell Moody, Edgemont, S.D.
4. Tim Nelson, Midland, S.D.
5. Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D.
6. Wyatt Bice, Killdeer, N.D.
7. Shaw Loiseau, Flandreau, S.D.
8. Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, N.D.
9. Layne Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D.
10. Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
11. Tucker McDaniel, Midland, S.D.
12. Alfred Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
 
Team roping heelers
1. Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
2. Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.
3. Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
4. Jade Nelson, Midland, N.D.
5. Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D.
6. Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D.
7. Derick Fleming, Killdeer, N.D.
8. Tel Schaack, Edgemont, S.D.
9. Cotey Hanson, Berthold, N.D.
10. Jordan Olson, Surprise, A.Z.
11. Ryan Harris, Highmore, S.D.
12. Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D.
 
Saddle bronc riding
1. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.
2. Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D.
3. JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
4. Shorty Garrett Dupree, S.D.
5. Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D.
6. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.
7. Louie Brunson, New Underwood, S.D.
8. Dalton Rixen, Richardton, N.D.
9. Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D.
10. Dillon Schroth, Buffalo Gap, S.D.
11. Tate Thybo, Belle Fourche, S.D.
12. Kaden Deal, Dupree, S.D.
 
Tie-down roping
1. Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo.
2. Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.
3. Cole Hatzenbuehler, Solen, N.D.
4. Jon Peek, Berthold, N.D.
5. Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D.
6. Joe Schmidt, Belfield, N.D.
7. Matt Peters, Hot Springs, S.D.
8. Trey Young, Dupree, S.D.
9. Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb.
10. Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D.
11. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D.
12. Newt Bruley, Willow Lake, S.D.
 
Barrel racing
1. Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D.
2. Calyssa Thomas, Harrold, S.D.
3. Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D.
4. Hallie Fulton, Miller, S.D.
5. Ahnna Peterson, Velva, N.D.
6. Fonda Galbreath, Oakes, N.D.
7. Nikki Steffes Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
8. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D.
9. Kassidy Dennison, St. Francis, S.D.
10. Jackie Schau, Almont, N.D.
11. D’Ann Gehlsen, Mission, S.D.
12. Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D.
 
Bull riding
1. Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb.
2. Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.
3. Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
4. Tyson Donovan, Sturgis, S.D.
5. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.
6. Kritter Lamb, Timber Lake, S.D.
7. Tate Thybo, Belle Fourche, S.D.
8. Lane Gambill, Johnstown, Neb.
9. Casey Heninger, Ft Pierre, S.D.
10. Drew Antone, New Underwood, S.D.
11. Weston Hartman, Mandan, N.D.
12. Taylor Miller, Faith, S.D.
 
About the PRCA’s circuit system:
In 1975, the PRCA recognized the need for an award system for cowboys who chose to compete closer to home because of family and professional commitments.
 The Association created the PRCA’s circuit system, consisting of 12 geographic regions that include as few as one state or as many as 13. Each PRCA cowboy in the United States chooses a home circuit at the beginning of the year or is assigned to one that corresponds with his home address. Cowboys compete for points throughout the year and points earned within his circuit are applied toward the standings of his respective circuit.
 Each circuit’s top cowboys in each event qualify for that circuit’s “Finals” at the end of the season. After all 12 circuit finals are completed, the top regular-season cowboys in each event and the winners of the circuit finals qualify for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR), held in Kissimmee, Florida, April 6-9, 2017.
 North and South Dakota’s 27 pro rodeo events make up the Badlands Circuit. Badlands Circuit contestants must compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo to qualify for the RNCFR.
 About the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D.:
The Minot Y's Men's Rodeo will host its eighth annual Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo October 6-9, 2016 at the State Fair Center in Minot. There, Badlands Circuit cowboys and cowgirls will compete to earn a berth at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Two competitors from each event: the year end champion and the average champion, will go on to represent the Badlands Circuit at the RNCFR in Kissimmee, Fl., April 6-9, 2017.
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RITUAL OF SUMMER
Rodeo raises funds for Triangle Y Camp 
MINOT, N.D. (September 26, 2016) – The Triangle Y Camp on the shores of Lake Sakakawea has had an impact on a multitude of kids. 
Each year, for the past 52 years, the camp has hosted a number of youth, including 1,250 kids this past season. Those kids experience a ritual of summer: spending time experiencing new things, away from home, growing and learning. 
And the Mowbray family of Minot has participated in that ritual.  
Travis Mowbray went to camp three times in the 1980s, and loved it. He remembers the horseback riding, the fishing, and the archery, and being away from home. He looked forward to it each time. “It was a week to hang out with friends, make a lot of new friends, and be away from your parents,” he remembers.  
It was a great experience, one his kids have gotten to enjoy.  
He and his wife Jessica have two children, a son, Carter, who is eleven, and a daughter, Darby, age eight. Both have been to camp, Carter, five times, and Darby, twice.
Carter loves it. He likes making new friends, the lake, and the rope swing. He also has learned how to be away from his parents. He misses them the first day, “but then I don’t even think about them till the last day” of camp. He’s also learning responsibility and how to lead. “I try to be a leader. Not just control the cabin,” he explained, “but make sure everybody’s not goofing around. Everybody’s supposed to have fun and all that, but everybody’s supposed to work together.” In four years, Carter will be old enough to be a “leader in training” at camp, and then become a counselor after that.  
Darby also likes camp, especially the rock wall and the riflery. She has learned the importance of being respectful, she said. “You have to be nice to the campers and the counselors.” 
The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is the Triangle Y Camp’s biggest fundraiser, and Travis, as a Y’s Men member, volunteers each year. He helps with set up and tear-down, and serves as an usher during the event. He loves seeing the rodeo and being part of it. “It’s the only rodeo I get to see each year. It’s great to be involved with something like that, that has such a big impact on this town. People come to expect it and it’s a good thing to be a part of.” 
Proceeds from the Y’s Men’s Rodeo, after the bills are paid, go to the camp. Monies go towards camp upkeep and improvement and scholarships for student tuition to the camp.
The Y’s Men’s Rodeo performances begin at 6:30 pm on October 6-8 and at 1:30 pm on October 9. Tickets range in price from $13 to $33 and can be purchased online at MinotYsMensRodeo.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website or email tickets@minotysmensrodeo.com.
 
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Cutline: Darby (left) and Carter Mowbray, sister and brother, are the second generation of the Mowbray family to attend the Triangle Y Camp at Garrison, N.D. The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo raises funds for the camp each year; their father, Travis, is a Y’s Men’s Club member and volunteers with the rodeo. Photo courtesy Jessica Mowbray.
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WORKING UP A SWEAT
Cancer rehab program helps Minot woman through exercise; Minot rodeo raises money for program
 MINOT, N.D. (September 19, 2016) – Agnes Berge got a double whammy in July of last year.
 That’s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
 But the Minot woman didn’t take the news lying down. She fought back.
 She had a mastectomy and started chemotherapy, but before she got diagnosed, she spent a week at the lake enjoying her six kids and fifteen grandkids. 
And she got enrolled in an exercise program that helped with her quality of life. The Cancer Exercise Rehab Program, in conjunction with Trinity Health and the Minot YMCA, offers a three month program, free to cancer patients, which helps them to build up their strength through cardiovascular and strength training. It was just want Agnes needed. “The first thing it did, was it got me out of the house and into the community on a regular basis,” she said. “I’m a very outgoing person, and chemo is very depressing. You lose all motivation. I didn’t care if I saw people, except for my kids. It got me out and moving.” 
The second thing the Cancer Exercise Rehab program did was help her get stronger. “The research shows that exercise helps with fatigue, and I found that to be true. When I first started walking, I could go to the mailbox and back. Then I made it four blocks, then I made it eight blocks.” By the time she was done, she was walking two miles at a good pace.
 Russ Gust is the personal trainer for the Rehab program, and he works individually with each person, setting up their individual exercise programs and motivating them. “He’s so supportive,” she said. “He’ll say, just do the best you can, and then he’ll say, can you do one more? He is really something,” Berge said, appreciatively.
 Berge told Gust perspiration wasn’t her thing. “I don’t like to sweat, and I told Russ from the beginning, if I get crabby, it’s because I can feel sweat,” she laughed.
 Berge’s treatment for breast cancer is over, and now she’s helping care for her daughter, who lives in Wisconsin. The daughter has lung cancer.  
The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo raises funds for the Cancer Exercise Rehab program through its annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. On the Friday, Oct. 7 night of rodeo, all fans are asked to wear pink to show awareness for and support of cancer patients. Throughout the rodeo’s efforts, including sales of pink t-shirts and other community events, over $576,000 has been raised. That money has gone to help 404 patients, who have not had to pay to go through the Cancer Exercise Rehab program.  
Before she retired, Berge worked with a man who was a member of the Minot Y’s Men, and he, along with other employees, would dress western during rodeo week. Berge would don a pink kerchief around her neck. “I used to wear a pink bandanna long before I knew” she would have cancer, she said. “It’s weird, because I don’t do pink. It was an interesting foreshadowing.”  
Fans can join in to support the Cancer Exercise Rehab Program by purchasing a pink t-shirt at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo at the North Dakota State Fair Center October 6-9. The rodeo kicks off at 6:30 pm on October 6-8 and at 1:30 pm on October 9. For more information, visit the website (MinotYsMensRodeo.com) or email tickets@minotysmensrodeo.com.
 
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Cutline: Minot resident Agnes Berge (in the front) enjoys her kids after she has battled breast cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab program helped her regain her quality of life. The Cancer Exercise Rehab program is funded, in part, by the Tough Enough to Wear pink night at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo.  
Cutline: Agnes Berge reads to two of her granddaughters. The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo helps raise funds for the Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab program, which Berge was a participant when she had breast cancer.
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RODEO TO STAMPEDE INTO MINOT
Annual event returns with western experience weekend
 
Minot, N.D. (September 8, 2016) – The mood in Minot is about to get a little bit western!
Cowboys and cowgirls, trucks and trailers, horses and bulls will descend upon the North Dakota State Fair Center October 6-9, as the annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo stampedes into town!
For the 62nd year, the rodeo will take place, with cowboys and cowgirls and their bovine and equine counterparts entertaining fans in seven standard pro rodeo events: bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and the grand finale each night, the bull riding!
It’s entertainment for fans, but it’s serious competition for the contestants. The Y’s Men’s Rodeo hosts the PRCA’s Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, with the twelve best cowboys in each event (and the cowgirls in the barrel racing), competing for the title of Badlands champion!
And it’s more than just four days of rodeo, it’s a western experience! The Cowboy Christmas show, with western and equine-related items, including décor, furniture, tack, and more will entice shoppers. The smell of chili wafting through the air will beckon rodeo fans to the inaugural chili cook-off on October 8. A Wild West Rodeo for children with special needs will take place on October 6, and the rodeo’s annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, raising money for the Cancer Exercise Rehab Program will be on October 7. The 2017 Miss Rodeo North Dakota is crowned on October 9.
The Y’s Men’s Rodeo attracts a wide variety of people, says Phyllis Burckhard, Executive Director of Visit Minot. “It’s not only an attraction for the people who live in Minot and the surrounding areas, but it draws people from all over the state and from Canada.” The rodeo is solely run on volunteer power, with proceeds going to support the Triangle Y Camp at Garrison, N.D. “The volunteers are incredible,” she said. “They just do a marvelous job. The money they raise is used for Y Camp, for kids who aren’t able to afford to go, or need assistance. It’s all put to such a good purpose.”
Tickets for the Y’s Men’s Rodeo range in price from $23 for silver seating and $33 for gold seating. Children ages twelve and under are $13 in the silver seating; in gold seating, they are $33. They can be purchased online at MinotYsMensRodeo.com or at the gate. For more information, visit the website at MinotYsMensRodeo.com  
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Cutline: JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D., is one of 90-plus contestants who will be in Minot for the annual Y’s Men’s Rodeo, hosting the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. The rodeo attracts fans with its western experience weekend. Photo by Peggy Gander.
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HAVING FUN AT THE MINOT RODEO
Clown loves being Master of the Party in the Arena
MINOT, N.D. (September 14, 2016) – Justin Rumford loves having a good time.
Whether he’s at home, with his wife and three kids, with his buddies, or at his job.
And with his job, he’s paid to have a good time.
The Oklahoma man is a rodeo clown, and he’s been hired to entertain at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo next month.
Rumford is known to have fun, whether he’s making rodeo fans laugh or working the barrel as the barrelman during the bull riding. He’s been voted four times as the PRCA’s Clown of the Year, and making people laugh came easily to him, since he was a little kid. “I can actually remember, when I was little,” Rumford reminisced, “I’d get mad at my dad because we weren’t doing stuff that was fun.” When his dad, Bronc Rumford, told him you can’t always have fun, Justin replied, “I’m going to find a way to always have fun.”
And he has. He travels coast to coast, working rodeos across the nation and entertaining fans. He plays Spiderman, running across the arena and jumping onto the fence like the super hero. He banters with the rodeo announcer and the crowd, bringing up pop culture items, making fun of his own girth, and just generally having a good time.
Rumford’s favorite part of the job is when the crowd gets into it. “When you have a crowd that’s really reacting and having fun, it’s great. People come to party, and they’re going to drink some beer and yell and scream and have fun.” When that happens, “I want to be the master of the party in the arena.”
He knew from his days in school that he loved to make people laugh. “Most of my teachers love me, still to this day,” he said, “but I got in trouble a lot for talking too much and entertaining when I shouldn’t have been. All my teachers said it was very entertaining to have me in their classrooms, even though I got detention. A lot.”
Justin and his wife Ashley, a former Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, have three children, triplets who will turn three in a few weeks. Girls Livi and Lola and their brother Bandy, along with their mother, travel with Justin to many of his rodeos. The three of them are learning to talk, and Rumford may be experiencing what his dad experienced. “My little boy talks non-stop,” he said.
Rumford will entertain rodeo fans at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo October 6-9, and will also work the barrel, providing an oasis of safety for bullfighters and bull riders during the bull riding. He loves his job. “It’s such a great job,” he said, “because it’s never boring. Anytime you roll the barrel out there, it’s not just another day at work. It’s exciting. I’m going to work, holy cow, this is going to be wild. There’s a lot of people who can’t say that.”
The Y’s Men’s Rodeo performances begin at 6:30 pm on October 6-8 and at 1:30 pm on October 9. Tickets range in price from $13 to $33 and can be purchased online at MinotYsMensRodeo.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website or email tickets@minotysmensrodeo.com.
 
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Cutline: Justin Rumford, the four-time PRCA Clown of the Year, will entertain at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo in Minot October 6-9. The Oklahoma man loves to have fun, wherever he is. “Whether it’s a family reunion or in church, I like to make sure people have fun.” Photo by Deb Loughridge.
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SENDING KIDS TO CAMP
Rodeo raises funds for Y Camp at Garrison, N.D.
 
Minot, N.D. (October 6, 2014) – It’s where memories are made, new things are experienced, and, for some kids, it’s a magical place.
 
The Triangle Y Camp, located along the shores of Lake Sakackawea at Garrison, N.D., has been hosting youth campers for the past fifty years.
 
It’s the beneficiary of the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, to be held this weekend at the North Dakota State Fair Center, and after the rodeo expenses are paid, remaining proceeds go to the Camp. Rodeo funds raised help defray the cost of tuition for camp-goers, reducing the cost of tuition from $600-$700 a week to $350 for each student. The Minot Y’s Men also help pay for renovation, remodeling and repair of Camp structures, and help with the work.
 
For rodeo committeeman and Y’s Men’s member Steve Bogden, his daughters are continuing the tradition of attending camp. The Minot resident went to camp twice, when he was nine and ten years old, and this year, his girls attended for the first time. Dru, age nine, and Mya, seven, loved camp. Dru loved the rope swing and the horses, and Mya enjoyed the pond. The camp gives kids a chance to experience new things. For Bogden, it was the first time he camped out under the stars. “We walked to the north pasture, and got to camp out. That made an impression,” he remembers. “My parents weren't into the whole camping thing. I remember thinking, ‘where are the tents?’”
 
Before his daughters went to camp, he told them of a good manners lesson that always takes place at Triangle Y Camp: if campers eat with their elbows on the table, they are sung to, and have to dance around the dining hall. Bogden sang the song to his girls, and Dru had her chance at it. “She had to do it five times before she learned,” her dad said.
 
Thirty years ago, money wasn't plentiful in the Bogden household and Steve had to sell candy to help pay for his camp tuition. Being part of the Y’s Men, and helping raise money through the rodeo for camp is important to him. His dad, Terry, was a member of the Y’s Men, so Steve helped alongside him at the rodeo. When he realized funds from the rodeo went to help pay for tuitions at the camp, he was hooked. “When I realized (the proceeds) went to Y Camp, it was, like, hey, I went there. For me, it’s knowing I went there, my kids go there, and someday my grandkids might go. It’s something I can say I help with.”
 
Since the rodeo’s inception in 1954, it has raised money for the Y Camp. Well over $1 million has been given to the Camp, both in monetary donations, labor and materials.
 
The Y’s Men’s Rodeo, which supports the Camp, will be held Oct. 9-12 at the N.D. State Fair Center. Tickets range in price from $20-30 and are available online at MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website, visit the Facebook page, or call 701.852.5577.
 
 
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Cutline: Horses graze under the Triangle Y Camp sign. The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, held this weekend, helps pay for costs at the Camp, including construction and renovation of buildings, and partial tuition for campers.
 
Cutline: Mya Bogden poses with her counselors from Triangle Y Camp at Garrison, N.D. The seven year old girl experienced her first year at camp. Her dad, Steve, is a volunteer with the Minot Y’s Men’s rodeo, which helps raise funds for the camp.
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GOLD BUCKLE DREAMS
Area cowboys qualify for Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo
Minot, N. D.: (September 29, 2014) Ninety-four cowboys and cowgirls from across North Dakota and South Dakota are dreaming of gold buckles.
Pro rodeo’s regional championship takes place next weekend in Minot, and those cowboys and cowgirls have punched their tickets to the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo October 9-12. Winners will be crowned in each of seven events, with the champions winning gold buckles and the chance to go on to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, March 25-28, 2015.
Headlining this year’s list are two South Dakota contestants who will compete on the national stage for a pro rodeo world title. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., is headed to her eighth National Finals Rodeo (NFR) this December, as is Cole Elshere, saddle bronc rider from Faith, who will compete at his third NFR.
Badlands Circuit champs returning to defend their titles include seven of the nine champions. Bareback rider Mac Erickson, Sundance, Wyo., steer wrestler J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D., team roping header Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb., saddle bronc rider Ty Thompson, Wanblee, S.D., barrel racer Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., and tie-down roper Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D. all return to try for another championship buckle. Lord won the steer wrestling last year, but returns this year to Minot in the team roping.
The Badlands Circuit is made up of the 24 pro rodeos across North and South Dakota. Qualifiers to the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo must compete at a minimum of ten rodeos for Dakota residents and fifteen for non-residents.
A complete list of contestants follows.
Tickets are available for the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo. The rodeo, held October 9-12 at the State Fair Center in Minot, determines the year end champion for all pro rodeos in North and South Dakota. The rodeo will pay out over $130,000 and will determine the year end and average winner in each event, who will represent the circuit at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo next spring. For more information on the rodeo, visit www.minotysmensrodeo.com or call 701-852-5577.
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Cutline: Saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere will compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot Oct. 10-13. Elshere, Faith, S.D., enters the Finals in fifth place. The Badlands Circuit Finals hosts the best cowboys in North Dakota and South Dakota and crowns the region’s pro rodeo champion. Photo courtesy Peggy Gander.
Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo Contestants, Minot, N.D. October 9-12, 2014
Bareback riding
1. Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D.
2. Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
3. Mac Erickson, Sundance, Wyo.
4. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
5. Blake Smith, Zap, N.D.
6. Weston Garrett, Belle Fourche, S.D.
7. Cheyenne Seymour, Mud Butte, S.D.
8. John Addison, Midland, S.D.
9. Dustin Luper, Provo, S.D.
10. Jake Smith, Whitewood, S.D.
11. Thomas Kronberg, Forbes, N.D.
12. Joe Wilson, Longvalley, S.D.
Steer wrestling
1. Forest Sainsbury, Belle Fourche, S.D.
2. Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, N.D.
3. Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D.
4. Tom Hansen, Killdeer, N.D.
5. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
6. Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D.
7. Cole Fulton, Miller, S.D.
8. Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont.
9. Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
10. Jim Hansen, Watford City, N.D.
11. Del Kraupie, Bridgeport, Neb.
12. Brett Gumb, Burwell, Neb.
Team roping – headers
1. J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
2. Tyrell Moody, Letcher, S.D.
3. Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D.
4. Tucker Dale, Timber Lake, S.D.
5. Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D.
6. Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.
7. Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D.
8. Clint Gorrell, Beach, N.D.
9. Tucker McDaniel, Midland, S.D.
10. Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.
11. Brady Wakefield, O’Neill, Neb.
12. Wyatt Bice, Killdeer, N.D.
Team roping heelers
1. Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
2. Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D.
3. Sloan Hendley, Abilene, Texas
4. Jesse Fredrickson, Upham, N.D.
5. Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D.
6. Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D.
7. Tommy Crane, Whitewood, S.D.
8. Todd Hollenbeck, Long Pine, Neb.
9. Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, N.D.
10. Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D.
11. Elliott Gourneau, Kennebec, S.D.
12. Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D.
2. Ty Thompson, Wanblee, S.D.
3. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D.
4. Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.
5. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.
6. Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D.
7. Travis Nelson, Philip, S.D.
8. Sam Leftwich, McLaughlin, S.D.
9. Dalton Rixen, Richardton, N.D.
10. Louie Brunson, Interior, S.D.
11. Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, S.D.
12. Shorty Garrett, Dupree, S.D.
Tie-down roping
1. Jon Peek, Williston, N.D.
2. Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D.
3. Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D.
4. Cole Hatzenbuehler, Solen, N.D.
5. Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo.
6. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D.
7. Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.
8. Joe Schmidt, Belfield, N.D.
9. Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb.
10. Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.
11. Jess Woodward, Dupree, S.D.
12. Trey Young, Dupree, S.D.
Barrel racing
1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
2. Jessica Leach, Rockville, Neb.
3. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.
4. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D.
5. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D.
6. Desirae Earl, Bismarck, N.D.
7. Kassidy Lantis, Spearfish, S.D.
8. Wanda Brown, Edgemont, S.D.
9. Amy Brunson, New Underwood, S.D.
10. Kaylee Gallino, Wasta, S.D.
11. Alisha Madison, Oelrichs, S.D.
12. Teresa Wolff, Circle, Mont.
Bull riding
1. Stetson Lawrence, Williston, N.D.
2. Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
3. Joe Bertus, Avon, S.D.
4. Garrett Vig, Newell, S.D.
5. Jess Davison, Miles City, Mont.
6. Coleman Entze, Golden Valley, N.D.
7. Riley Blankenship, Killdeer, S.D.
8. Jobie Dryden, Oelrichs, S.D.
9. Allen Auer, Whitewood, S.D.
10. Travis Pollard, Gann Valley, S.D.
11. Taryl Smith, Litchville, N.D.
12. Taylor Miller, Faith, S.D.
About the PRCA’s circuit system:
In 1975, the PRCA recognized the need for an award system for cowboys who chose to compete closer to home because of family and professional commitments.
The Association created the PRCA’s circuit system, consisting of 12 geographic regions that include as few as one state or as many as 13. Each PRCA cowboy in the United States chooses a home circuit at the beginning of the year or is assigned to one that corresponds with his home address. Cowboys compete for points throughout the year and points earned within his circuit are applied toward the standings of his respective circuit.
Each circuit’s top cowboys in each event qualify for that circuit’s “Finals” at the end of the season. After all 12 circuit finals are completed, the top regular-season cowboys in each event and the winners of the circuit finals qualify for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR), held in Kissimmee, Florida, March 25-28, 2015.
North and South Dakota’s 24 pro rodeos make up the Badlands Circuit. Badlands Circuit contestants must compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo to qualify for the RNCFR.
About the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D.:
The Minot Y's Men's Rodeo will host its seventh annual Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo October 10-13, 2013 at the State Fair Center in Minot. There, Badlands Circuit cowboys and cowgirls will compete to earn a berth at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Two competitors from each event: the year end champion and the average champion, will go on to represent the Badlands Circuit at the RNCFR.
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BROTHERS AND BULLS
Bull riding brothers qualify for Badlands Circuit Finals
 
Minot, N.D. (September 22, 2014) – For Jeff Bertus and Joe Bertus, brotherly love goes along with rodeo.
 
The brothers are both bull riders, and are good at it, too; both are ranked in pro rodeo’s regional standings for the Dakotas, the Badlands Circuit, as number two and number three, respectively.
 
They grew up in Avon, S.D., with Jeff the elder brother by two years. After the boys watched the movie “Eight Seconds”, featuring bull rider Lane Frost, they fell in love with the thought of bull riding. “We thought it was the coolest thing in the world,” Joe said. Their dad, Loren, put a halter on the Holstein calves the family raised, and “we'd ride them, we'd fall off, and get back on.”
 
The boys began riding sheep, then graduated to steers, small bulls, and then big bulls. They competed in 4-H rodeo, then in the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association, where Jeff and Joe both qualified for the state finals, and Joe went on to the National High School Finals Rodeo three years.
 
Jeff graduated from Avon High School in 2010 and Joe followed two years later. Jeff went on to Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., graduating in May with an animal science degree. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo two years.
 
The brothers have hit the rodeo trail together, riding bulls not only in the Badlands Circuit but across the nation. It’s working for them. They will both qualify for the Badlands Circuit Finals, held in Minot October 9-12. For Jeff, this is his third trip to the Finals; he finished the 2013 season as average champion. For Joe, this year is redemption. He finished the 2013 rodeo year one spot out of making the Circuit Finals. “I wasn't going to let that happen again,” he said.
 
The brothers, along with fellow bull rider Wyatt Gregg, travel nearly everywhere together. Even though they compete against each other, they don't view it that way. “We're competing more against the bull than each other,” Jeff said. “We're always happy when the other does well.” They stay in touch with their parents, including their mom, Rachel, although not always when things aren't going as well. “If we buck off, we don't call home,” Joe cracked. “We usually send a text then.”
 
They are quick to give credit to their parents, especially their dad, for all they've done for the sons. “I count my success to my dad,” Joe said. “He’s helped me and Jeff a lot over the years.” The boys were the first in the family to ride bulls, and their dad supported them. “He told us, if you want to be a brain surgeon, which probably isn't going to happen, I'll back you one hundred percent. Whatever you want to do, I'll back you.”
 
The brothers will compete at the Badlands Circuit Finals at the State Fair Center in Minot Oct. 9-12. Jeff has won $13,292 so far, and Joe, in third place, is about $3,300 behind him.
 
But it won't be about beating each other. It'll be about being together. “If we both ride, that’s the best thing in the world,” Joe said. “But if I buck off, and he stays on, I'm very happy for him, and he’s the same for me.”
 
The Badlands Circuit Finals features the top twelve cowboys in each of seven events going to battle for four performances, October 9-12. The extended weekend also features a Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, barrel racing jackpot, Wild West Rodeo for special kids, and more. More information can be found at MinotYsMensRodeo.com, and tickets can be purchased at that site as well.
 
 
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MINOT Y’S MEN’S RODEO TO SELL TICKETS ONLINE
Move made for convenience of rodeo fans
 
Minot, N.D. (September 2, 2014) – The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is taking another step into the electronic age.
 
Tickets for its annual rodeo, which is October 9-12, will be sold online.
 
The move was made to benefit the fans, says 2014 chairman Rob Buchholz. “Our thought is, we're attempting to make it easier for our customers, so, right from their computer or smart phone, they can purchase their tickets. They won't need to go to a separate location to buy them.”
 
The tickets are on sale now at the rodeo website (MinotYsMensRodeo.com) and will also be available at the gate the nights of the rodeo.
 
Online ticket sales will also help the committee with better analytics. “With a system like we have, we'll know exactly where we're at, which tickets are sold, and it'll help us identify our customers better,” Buchholz said. “We encourage fans to get their tickets online, and not wait till the days of the shows,” Buchholz said. “Ticket sales have been strong, and we don't want any disappointed fans who can't purchase tickets because they're sold out.”
 
This year’s rodeo is the 60th annual event; for the past seven years, the rodeo has been home to the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals, the championship event for PRCA rodeo competition in North Dakota and South Dakota.
 
The rodeo will begin at 6:30 pm on October 9-11, and at 1:30 pm on October 12. Ticket prices are $30 for gold seating and $20 for silver seating (for adults) and $10 for silver seating for children ages 4-12. For more information, visit the rodeo’s website and Facebook page (MinotYsMensRodeo.com and facebook.com/minotysmensrodeo) or call 701-852-5577.
 
 
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