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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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For the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo,

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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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