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New Rodeo Royalty

Grabow Crowned Miss Rodeo Mandan, Weinberger Named Princess

99thKylee Grabow and Sydney Weinberger will serve as ambassadors for the 2018 Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration in their new roles as Miss Rodeo Mandan and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess. The two were crowned during the Fourth of July professional rodeo in Mandan.

 

Grabow, 17, will be a junior at Hazen High School. She is a varsity hockey player and enjoys barrel racing. She is president of the Hazen FFA Chapter, vice president of the student council and also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and 4-H. Her future plans are to attend the University of North Dakota to study medicine. Her parents are Byron and Debra Grabow, Hazen.

 

Sydney Weinberger, 2018 Miss Rodeo Mandan princess, poses with her predecessor Faith Scott.

Weinberger, 9, will be in the fourth grade at Flasher Elementary. She enjoys competing in rodeos and gymnastics. She participates in the Mandan Horse and Saddle Club and the National Barrel Horse Association where she earned a championship in the peewee division of North Dakota district three in 2015 and a reserve championship in 2016. She also enjoys pole bending, goat tail tying and dummy roping. Her parents are Cody and Sonya Weinberger of Breien.

 

To earn the opportunity to represent the Mandan Rodeo in the coming year, Grabow and Weinberger gave speeches, were interviewed and answered impromptu questions, performed reining patterns on their horses and those of others in the pageant, and participated in grand entries at the rodeo. Members of the selection committee were Joe LaDuke, Underwood; and Tammy Backhaus and Cara Hochgraber, both of Bismarck.

 

In the princess division, Weinberger won the personality and appearance categories and was voted the congeniality winner by other contestants. Emma Brewer, Stanley, earned the top prize in the horsemanship division and is first runner-up. Also competing was Denyka Sauer, Bismarck.

 

Among the many prizes awarded were trophy saddled sponsored by Dakota Sanitation, Bismarck, in honor of North Dakota Adult and Teen Challenge. Trophy buckles were sponsored by Great Plains Technical Services and Joe and Sandi LaDuke, Underwood.

 

Grabow and Weinberger will be asked to participate in speaking engagements on behalf of the Mandan Rodeo Committee, to assist at regional rodeos and to teach youth about the sport of rodeo and activities offered during the 2018 Mandan Rodeo Days. Grabow will have the opportunity to compete for Miss Rodeo North Dakota in October 2018.

 

Tuesday, July 4

Mandan Rodeo’s July 4 Crowd Watches Five Second-Place Finishes

Two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley of Oehlrichs, S.D., earned more than $2,400 for this 85.5-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s stallion Chirrikawa on July 4 in Mandan, N.D.  Photo by Jackie Jensen

MANDAN, N.D. (July 3, 2017) –The 138th Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration ended with the final rodeo performance on July 4. After a record-setting 100-degree afternoon, just two hours before the rodeo began at 7:30 p.m., a much-needed rain moved through the drought-stricken area, settling the dust and leaving some mud in its wake.

The wet conditions didn’t faze either the contestants or the capacity crowd. Although they did not witness an overall event winner, Tuesday’s crowd watched cowboys take second place in five of the seven events.

Veteran National Finals Rodeo (NFR) steer wrestler Tommy Cook of Waller, Texas, started the trend when he put his steer on the ground in 4 seconds flat, tying Nebraskan Jake Kraupie’s and South Dakotan Jace Melvin’s second-place times set on Monday night. Wyoming’s Aaron Vosler took first with a 3.7-second run.

In team roping Clayton Hass of Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson of Poulson, Montana, were the first duo to rope. Their time of 4.7 seconds took the number two position, earned them each about $2,500 and aided Hass’s number four standing in the all-around world championship standings. Kellan and Jhett Johnson of Casper, Wyo., roped the win in 4.5 seconds Monday night.

Chad Ferley, the two-time world champion saddle bronc rider from South Dakota, was the final saddle bronc rider to compete. Two nights earlier NFR veteran Wade Sundell had set a Mandan Rodeo record with 90 points on Dakota Rodeo’s stallion Chirrikawa. Ferley competed on the same bronc, but the big paint didn’t have quite as strong an outing as he did on Monday. Ferley scored 85.5 points and won almost $2,500. Sundell’s first-place check was $3,167.

The next event was tie-down roping. Cody Quaney of Cheney, Kansas, who is currently ranked 11th in the world championship standings, roped and tied his calf in 8.2 seconds, just one-tenth behind winner Dane Kissack of Spearfish, S.D., who roped on Monday.

Barrel racers were at a disadvantage, since the rain and resulting mud slowed them down about a second, and none of them moved into the overall placings. Sisters Nikki Hansen and Kristi Steffes, who competed Monday, finished first and second

The bulls had been winning since the rodeo began, with 32 of 35 unridden during the first two performances. Three of 16 cowboys were able to make eight-second rides Tuesday night. Cain Smith of Pendleton, Ore., was the first to get a score – 75 on Dakota Rodeo’s Battle Sirens.

With just three riders left, Trevor Reiste of Linden, Iowa, who’s current tenth in the world standings, rodeo Dakota Rodeo’s JC’s Special for 83.5 points. Then NFR cowboy Brennon Eldred, the final cowboy to ride, took Dakota Rodeo’s Brown Sugar to the buzzer. Eldred, who’s currently ranked seventh in the world, scored 87 points for second place and nearly $4,700.

In the bareback riding Lane McGehee of Victoria, Texas, the newly crowned college champion, had the highest-marked ride of the night. His 82 on Dakota Rodeo’s American Grafiti tied him for fourth overall. Wyoming’s Weston Garrett took first with his 87-point ride Sunday night.

The night ended with the Tribute to the Six-Pack Match Bronc Riding with six saddle bronc riders competing for a $1,000 winner-take-all check. Parker Kramer of Towner, North Dakota, who was representing the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, scored 71 points to win the bonus.

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The following are unofficial winners at the 138th annual Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, North Dakota, July 2-4.

Tuesday, July 4, evening performance:

Bareback Riding: 1, Lane McGehee, Victoria, Texas, 82 points on Dakota Rodeo’s American Grafiti. 2, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 81. 3, Paden Hurst, Cypress, Texas, 79. 4, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 78.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Tommy Cook, Waller, Texas, 4.0 seconds. 2, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 4.8. 3, Austin Eller, Glendo, Mont., 5.3. 4, Jordan Holland, Dillon, Mont., 5.7.

Team Roping: 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Roberton, Poulson, Mont., 4.7 seconds. 2, Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, N.D, and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D., 5.6.  3, Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, and McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla., 5.9. 4, Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala., and Trace Porter, Leesville, La., 14.4.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 85.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa. 2, Chance Barrass, Yellowhead Count, Alberta, 81. 3, Taylor Tupper, St. Onge, S.D., 78. 4, (tie) Dalton Rixen, Richardton, N.D., and Preston Kafka, Wagner, S.D., 77.5.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 8.2 seconds. 2, Seth Cooke, Weatherford, Texas, 9.4. 3, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 10.6. 4, Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas, 14.5.

Barrel Racing: 1, TK Lawrence, Williston, N.D., 16.28 seconds. 2, Lindsey O’Keeffe, Mohall, N.D., 16.43. 3, Britta Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., 16.51. 4, Calyssa Kindred, Harrold, S.D., 16.55.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 87. 2, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 83.5. 3, Cain Smith, Pendleton, Ore., 75.

Tribute to the Six-Pack Match Bronc Ride: 1, Parker Kramer, Towner, N.D., representing North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, 71 points, $1,000.

 

Overall winners:

Bareback Riding: 1, Weston Garrett, Gillette, Wyo., 87 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Pulp Fiction, $2,837. 2, Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 84, $2,175. 3, Tyler Waltz, Martin, Tenn., 83, $1,608. 4, (tie) Blake Smith, Zap, N.D., and Luke McGehee, Victoria, Texas, 82, $851 each. 6, (tie) Tate Schwagler, Mandan, N.D., and Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., 81.5, $426 each. 8, (tie) Justin McDaniel, Parkfield, Ca., and Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., $142 each.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo., 3.7 seconds, $2,840. 2, (tie) Jake Kraupie, Bridgeport, Neb., Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., and Tommy Cook, Waller, Texas, 4.0 $2,252 each. 5, Jarret New, Wimberley, Texas, 4.1, $1,644. 6, (tie) Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., and Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, N.D., 4.3, $1,196. 8, (tie) Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., and Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 4.4, $598. 10, Jake Fulton, Rosebud, S.D., $149.

Tie-down Roping: 1, Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alberta, 8.5 seconds. 2, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 9.1. 3, Jon Peek, Bismarck, N.D., 9.2. 4, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.5. 5, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 9.6. 6, Jade Lyon, Meadow, S.D., 9.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 90 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa, $3,167. 2, Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 85.5, $2,428. 3, JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D., $1,795. 4, Tyler Baeza, Mesquite, Nev., 84, $1,161. 5, Chance Barrass, Yellowhead Count, Alberta, 81, $739. 6, Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand, 80.5, $528. 7, Lane Stirling, Buffalo, S.D., 79.5. $422. 8, Taylor Tupper, St Onge, S.D., 78, $317.

Team Roping: 1, Kellan and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 4.5 seconds, $2,746 each. 2, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 4.7, $2,457 each. 3, (tie) J.B. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Dylan Gordon, Comanche, Okla., and Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas, 4.8, $2,023 each. 5, Delon Parker, Worden, Mont., and Ryan Zurcher, Powell, Wyo., 5.1, $1,590 each. 6, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Austin Rogers, Crescent, Okla., 5.3, $1,301 each. 7, Lane Santos Karney, Cresta, Calif., and Dalton Pierce, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 5.5, $1,012 each. 8, (tie) Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D., and Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D., and Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, N.D., and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D., 5.6, $578 each. 10, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 5.8, $145 each.

Barrel Racing: 1, Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D., 15.28 seconds, $3,715. 2, Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 15.37, $2,972. 3, Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D., 15.42, $2,415. 4, Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 15.45, $1,857. 5, Jackie Schau, Almont, N.D., 15.46, $1,486. 6, Hallie Fulton, Miller, S.D., 15.47, $1,114. 7, (tie) Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., and Lacy Maier, Eagle Butte, S.D., 15.52, $882 each. 9, Bailee Murnion, Bowman, N.D., 15.55, $743. 10, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 15.56, $650. 11, Christy Wilert, Kadoka, S.D., $557. 12, Rachel Tiedeman, Rapid City, S.D., $464. 13, Lisa Lockhart, Oehlrichs, S.D., $371. 14, Alexa Lake, Richmond, Texas, $279. 15, (tie) Benette Little, Ardmore, Okla., and Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., $93 each.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Moldy, $6,001. 2, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 87, $4,653. 3, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 83.5, $3,498. 4, Miles Englebert, Burdock, S.D., 83, $2,343. 5, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 81.5, $1,572. 6, Cain Smith, Pendleton, Ore., $1,187.

All-Around Cowboy: Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 3

Sisters Take Barrel Racing lead; Two Tie for Tops in Steer Wrestling

Kristi Hansen’s time of 15.28 seconds leads the barrel racing at Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, N.D. Photo by Jackie Jensen

MANDAN, N.D. (July 3, 2017) –Barrel racing sisters Nikki Steffes Hansen and Kristi Steffes moved into the first two slots at the 138th annual Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration, July 3.

Hansen, a two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, had the fastest run – 15.28 seconds – on her horse Sky. The South Dakota native who now lives in Dickinson, North Dakota, has had a busy year. She and her husband Alfred welcomed their first child, Elsie, about a month before Nikki competed at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kisssimmee, Florida in early April.

She experienced her first Mother’s Day (and Alfred his first Father’s Day). Her barrel racing has been going well, too. With tonight’s run she is currently placing at three of the four rodeos she’s competed in over the July 4 Cowboy Christmas period.

Her younger sister Kristi Steffes, the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo champion barrel racer, and her horse Capitan raced through the barrels in 15.37 to move into second place.

Jace Melvin slides to his steer en route to a 4.0 second time to tie for the lead at Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, N.D. Photo by Jackie Jensen

The lead also changed in steer wrestling with a pair of cowboys putting their steers on the ground in four seconds flat. Jake Kraupie of Bridgeport, Neb., was fourth to compete and the former Chadron State College cowboy took the lead.  Five cowboys later, Jace Melvin of Fort Pierre, S.D, matched his effort. Melvin, the 2015 All-Around Rookie of the Year, moved to Texas to attend college and earned a B.S. in ag business at Tarleton State University.

The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration continues tomorrow with a road race, a huge Fourth of July parade and the Art in the Park festival in downtown Mandan, and concludes with the 7:30 p.m. rodeo performance followed by the state’s largest fireworks display

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The following are unofficial leaders at the 138th annual Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, North Dakota, on Monday, July 3.

Monday, July 3, evening performance:

Bareback Riding: 1, Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 84 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Rock River. 2, Tate Schwagler, Mandan, N.D., 81.5. 3, Cole Picton, Marshall, Mo., 80.5. 4, Wyatt Maines, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, 76.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1. (tie) Jake Kraupie, Bridgeport, Neb., and Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.0 seconds. 3, Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., 4.4. 4, Bridger Anderson, Carrington, N.D., 5.9.

Team Roping: 1, Kellan and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 4.5 seconds. 2, Lane Santos Karney, Cresta, Calif., and Dalton Pierce, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 5.5.  3, Brett Stuart, Bridgeport, Texas, and Wesley Johnson, Log Cabin, La., 6.1. 4, Quisto Lopez, Beeville, Texas, and Tres Arredondo, Refugio, Texas, 6.3.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, J J Elshere, Hereford, S.D., 84.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Tequila Gold. 2, Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand, 81.5., 3, Lane Stirling, Buffalo, S.D., 79.5. 4, Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev., 77.5.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.1 seconds. 2, Dennis Luetge, Hempstead, Texas, 9.2. 3, Dawson Johnson, Strathmore, Alberta, 13.0. 4, Tweety McBride, Brenham, Texas, 14.5.

Barrel Racing: 1, Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D., 15.28 seconds. 2, Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 15.37. 3, Jackie Schau, Almont, N.D., 15.46. 4, Hallie Fulton, Miller, S.D., 15.47.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Moldy. 2, Miles Englebert, Burdock, S.D., 83. 3, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 81.5.

Overall Leaders:

Bareback Riding: 1, Weston Garrett, Gillette, Wyo., 86 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Pulp Fiction. 2, Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 84. 3, Tyler Waltz, Martin, Tenn., 83. 4, Blake Smith, Zap, N.D., 82.5, (tie) Tate Schwagler, Mandan, N.D., and Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., 81.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo., 3.7 seconds. 2, (tie) Jake Kraupie, Bridgeport, Neb., and Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.0. 4, Jarret New, Wimberley, Texas, 4.1. 5, (tie) Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., and Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, N.D., 4.3.

Tie-down Roping: 1, Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alberta, 8.5 seconds. 2, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 9.1. 3, Jon Peek, Bismarck, N.D., 9.2. 4, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.5. 5, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 9.6. 6, Jade Lyon, Meadow, S.D., 9.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 90 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa. 2, Tyler Baeza, Mesquite, Nev., 84. 3, Lane Scheulke, Newell, S.D., 77.5. 4, Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., 76.5.

Team Roping: 1, Kellan and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 4.5 seconds. 2, (tie) J.B. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Dylan Gordon, Comanche, Okla., and Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas, 4.8. seconds. 4, Delon Parker, Worden, Mont., and Ryan Zurcher, Powell, Wyo., 5.1. 5, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Austin Rogers, Crescent, Okla., 5.3. 6, Lane Santos Karney, Cresta, Calif., and Dalton Pierce, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 5.5. 7, Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D., and Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D., 5.6. 8, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 5.8.

Barrel Racing: 1, Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D., 15.28 seconds. 2, Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 15.37. 3, Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D., 15.42. 4, Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 15.45. 5, Jackie Schau, Almont, N.D., 15.46. 6, Hallie Fulton, Miller, S.D., 15.47. 7, (tie) Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., and Lacy Maier, Eagle Butte, S.D., 15.52. 9, Bailee Murnion, Bowman, N.D., 15.55. 10, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 15.56.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Moldy. 2, Miles Englebert, Burdock, S.D., 83. 3, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 81.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 2

Sundell Tops Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa for 90 Points

 

Wade Sundell of Coleman, Oklahoma, thrilled the crowd at the 138th annual Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration with this 90-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa to take the lead in saddle bronc riding. Photo by Jackie Jensen

MANDAN, N.D. (July 2, 2017) –Wade Sundell, one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, thrilled the opening night crowd at the 138th annual Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration.

Sundell, who has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo many times and won the $1 million triple crown bonus at The American in 2016, rode Dakota Rodeo Company’s bronc Chirrikawa for 90 points and the lead in the saddle bronc riding.

After making a victory lap around the arena, the Iowa native said he was returning to his roots this Cowboy Christmas, after missing the Mandan Rodeo for several years.

Sundell, and all event leaders Sunday night, received a $100 bonus from Eide Chrysler. He stands to win a much bigger check should his score stay at the top of the more than 50-cowboy bronc riding field when the rodeo ends here on Tuesday night.

Cole Melancon of Liberty, Texas, leads the bull riding after an 88-point effort on Dakota Rodeo’s fast-spinning bull Moldy. Only three cowboys made qualified rides Sunday night.

It took two attempts, but Wyoming’s Weston Garrett leads the bareback riding. He first rode Dakota Rodeo’s horse Twisted Sister, but received a re-ride and made the most of the mulligan, scoring 86 points on Dakota’s Pulp Fiction.

The day began at 8 a.m. with some 260 rodeo athletes competing in the timed event slack. That meant the ropers, barrel racers and steer wrestlers had some fast times to target on Sunday night.

The Sunday night cowboys were successful, with new leads set in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Only barrel racer Bobbi Grann managed to hold the lead she took in the morning’s action.

Mandan Rodeo Days continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday night with Patriot Night, which celebrates both veterans and active duty military.

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The following are unofficial leaders at the 138th annual Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, North Dakota, on Sunday, July 2.

 

Saturday, July 2, evening performance:

Bareback Riding: 1, Weston Garrett, Gillette, Wyo., 86 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Pulp Fiction. 2, Tyler Waltz, Martin, Tenn., 83. 3, Blake Smith, Zap, N.D., 82. 4, Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., 81.5. 5, Justin McDaniel, Parkfield, Calif., 81.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo., 3.7 seconds. 2, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 4.6. 3, Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 4.9.

Team Roping: 1, (tie) J.B. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Dylan Gordon, Comanche, Okla., and Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas, 4.8. seconds. 3, Delon Parker, Worden, Mont., and Ryan Zurcher, Powell, Wyo., 5.1. 4, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 5.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 90 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa. 2, Tyler Baeza, Mesquite, Nev., 84. 3, Lane Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 77.5. 4, Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., 76.5.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Logan Hofner, Magrath, Alberta, 8.5 seconds. 2, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 9.1. 3, Jade Lyon, Meadow, S.D. 9.9. 4, Dustin Entzel, Killdeer, N.D. 10.2.

Barrel Racing: 1, Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 15.45 seconds. 2, Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., 15.52. 3, Bailee Murnion, Bowman, N.D., 15.55. 4, Tammy Thompson, Ramsay, Mont., 15.73.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Moldy. 2, Miles Englebert, Burdock, S.D., 83. 3, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 81.5.

Saturday, July 2 – timed event slack

Barrel Racing: 1, Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D., 15.42 seconds. 2, Lacy Maier, Eagle Butte, S.D., 15.52. 3, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 15.56. 4, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.66. 5, Alexa Lake, Richmond, Texas, 15.70. 6, (tie) Benette Little, Ardmore, Okla., 15.71. and Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., 15.71.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Jon Peek, Bismarck, N.D., 9.2 seconds. 2, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.5. 3, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 9.6. 4, Jesse Hinkle, Powersville, Mo., 10.0.  5, Jared Kempker, Eugene, Mo., 6, Trey Young, Dupree, S.D., 10.7.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Jarret New, Wimberley, Texas, 4.1 seconds. 2, (tie) Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., and Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, N.D., 4.3 seconds. 4, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 4.4. 5, Jake Fulton, Valentine, Neb., 4.5. 6, Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 4.6.

Team Roping: 1, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla, and Austin Rogers, Crescent, Okla., 5.3 seconds. 2, Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D., and Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D., 5.6. 3, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Rich Skelton, 5.8. 4, (tie) Tucker McDaniel, Midland, S.D., and Jeff Nelson, Philip, S.D., and Blake Hughes, Sulphur, Okla., and Brady Norman, Springer, Okla., 5.9 seconds. 6, Drew Gartner, Killdeer, N.D., and Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont., 6.0.

Overall Leaders:

Bareback Riding: 1, Weston Garrett, Gillette, Wyo., 86 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Pulp Fiction. 2, Tyler Waltz, Martin, Tenn., 83. 3, Blake Smith, Zap, N.D., 82. 4, Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., 81.5. 5, Justin McDaniel, Parkfield, Calif., 81.

Steer Wrestling: 1, 1. Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo., 3.7 seconds. 2, Jarret New, Wimberley, Texas, 4.1. 3, (tie) Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., and Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, N.D., 4.3. 5, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 4.4. 6, Jake Fulton, Valentine, Neb., 4.5.

Tie-down Roping: 1, Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alberta, 8.5 seconds. 2, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 9.1. 3, Jon Peek, Bismarck, N.D., 9.2. 4, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.5. 5, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 9.6. 6, Jade Lyon, Meadow, S.D., 9.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 90 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrikawa. 2, Tyler Baeza, Mesquite, Nev., 84. 3, Lane Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 77.5. 4, Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., 76.5.

Team Roping: 1, (tie) J.B. and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Dylan Gordon, Comanche, Okla., and Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas, 4.8. seconds. 3, Delon Parker, Worden, Mont., and Ryan Zurcher, Powell, Wyo., 5.1. 4, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Austin Rogers, Crescent, Okla., 5.3. 5, Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D., and Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D., 5.6. 6, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 5.8.

Barrel Racing: 1, Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D., 15.42 seconds. 2, Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 15.45. 3, (tie) Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., and Lacy Maier, Eagle Butte, S.D., 15.52. 5, Bailee Murnion, Bowman, N.D., 15.55. 6, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 15.56. 7, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.66. 8, Alexa Lake, Richmond, Texas, 15.70.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Moldy. 2, Miles Englebert, Burdock, S.D., 83. 3, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 81.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimzey wins $20,000 Match

Kimzey wins $20,000 Match, Dominates Xtreme Bulls

Sage Kimzey rode Chad Berger’s Pearl Harbor in an exhibition match and won $20,000 from Dacotah Community Bank. photo by Jackie Jensen

The first Xtreme Bulls at Mandan Rodeo Days was a memorable night, especially for three-time World Champion Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma.

Kimzey won the night’s Xtreme Bulls competition and nearly $7,000, besting a field of forty riders. He then came back to face Pearl Harbor, this year’s number one rated bull, in a match ride with $20,000 on the line.

The 22-year-old Kimzey, who rode in the second of four sections, scored 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Big Black Cat, a bull that has been featured at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.

Dakota Rodeo’s Chad Berger, a native of Mandan, brought some of his best bulls, including 24 who had been to one, or both, of bull riding’s most prestigious finals events to make the bull riders earn their share of the $24,100 purse.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) bull riders also came to play. Nine of the forty cowboys made a qualified ride with seven scoring 84 points or better.

The finale of the night was the highly touted match between Kimzey and Berger’s Pearl Harbor, the number one ranked bull in the PBR.

After Kimzey’s 88 held for the Xtreme Bulls championship he was awarded a commemorative rifle and a pair of trophy spurs. He also took a victory lap around the arena in a RAM truck.

Then, in about five minutes, he was climbing into the chute onto the back of Pearl Harbor. There’s hardly another situation in professional sports when an athlete must refocus so quickly.

Kimzey said the quick turnaround was not that difficult. “Ever since I accepted this challenge I’ve been thinking of nothing but Baldy,” he said, referring to Pearl Harbor, a bald-faced, six-year-old, crossbred Brahma bull.

The biggest challenges that Pearl Harbor, who bucks off more than 90 percent of those who try him, throws at a bull rider happen just out of the chute and at about the six-second mark, Kimzey said.

“I stayed with him out of the gate and then when he hesitated at about six, I knew he would go either left or right, but he lands square on his feet so you don’t know which way he’ll go. I shifted a bit to the left, but he turned back into my (right) hand,” he said.

Pearl Harbor managed to get Kimzey a little off-center toward the end of the ride, but he rode for eight seconds, then went to his second awards presentation of the night.

After the night of bull riding, the action continues with three days of award-winning PRCA rodeo, Sunday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Kimzey will be back during Sunday’s Family Night performance to try for a trifecta in Mandan. The total purse for the rodeo is $120,000, $18,000 of which is offered in bull riding.

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The following are unofficial results from Mandan Rodeo Day Xtreme Bulls, Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bull riding: 1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.,  88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Big Black Cat, $6,796. 2, Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla.,  86.5, $5,210 .  3, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 86, $3,851. 4, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.,  85.5, $2,492. 5, Riley Blankenship, Killdeer, N.D., 85, $1,585. 6, Markus Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas, 84.5,  $1,133. 7, Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas, 84, $  906. 8, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 77, $  680.

Match Result: Sage Kimzey  vs. Chad Berger’s Pearl Harbor—-Kimzey rode for 92 points and earned a $20,000 check from Dakota Community Bank

Match Bull Ride + 640 Rodeo Athletes

$20,000 Match Bull Ride Kicks off Mandan Rodeo Days

MANDAN, N.D. (June 27, 2017) – A surprise announcement on Tuesday gave a boost to fan anticipation for the 138th Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration which begins on Saturday and runs through July 4.

Dakota Community Bank will present a $20,000 bull riding match between three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma, and the legendary bucking bull Pearl Harbor, owned by Dakota Rodeo’s Chad Berger of Mandan. The eight-second challenge will be the finale of Mandan Rodeo Days’ Xtreme Bulls performance which kicks off the four-day celebration at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1.

Sage Kimzey (right) will attempt to ride Pearl Harbor (left) for $20,000 in a special match created for Mandan Rodeo Days’ first Xtreme Bulls competition Saturday, July 1.

Pearl Harbor, currently the top-ranked bucking bull in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) rankings, bucks off just under 91% of the cowboys who attempt to ride him. In his four-year career, the white-faced bovine has been ridden only once per year. His 2017 scoring average is 46.125 of a possible 50 points. He is fresh off a win of a match with J.B. Mauney, two-time PBR champion, less than two weeks ago.

Kimzey, the current Xtreme Bulls standings leader, was the first bull rider to earn a share of the $1 million bonus in February at The American, the world’s richest one-day rodeo. He won his first world championship in his rookie season along with the National Finals Rodeo bull riding title.

Forty of the top bull riders in the PRCA will compete July 1 for $24,000 in prize money and world championship points. The list of cowboys scheduled to ride includes Kimzey along with former world champions Cody Teel and Shane Proctor. Proctor is the only cowboy to make a qualified ride on Pearl Harbor this year, when he scored 93.5 points at a PBR event in Tacoma, Washington, in April.

Also in the Xtreme Bulls field are 13 riders ranked in both the PRCA and the Xtreme Bulls standings, six others who are ranked in one or the other and several more who are among the best in the Badlands Circuit.

The bull riding competition during the three rodeo performances will be bigger than ever as well. Nearly 60 bull riders, almost triple last year’s total, will vie for another $25,000+ as they try to conquer the rugged herd of bulls from Dakota Rodeo.

No matter the outcome of Saturday’s recently announced match bull ride, Mandan Rodeo Days action continues Sunday with timed event competition beginning at 8 a.m. More than 260 barrel racers, team ropers, steer wrestlers and tie-down ropers have their chance at a share of the $120,000+ rodeo prize money during this “slack” section.

The rest of the 589 entrants, including timed events, plus bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders, will compete throughout the three performances, presented by Dakota Community Bank, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Former tie-down roping world champion and 2017 leader for the All-Around World Title – Caleb Smidt

Heading the list of rodeo athletes is Caleb Smidt of Bellville, Texas, 2017’s leading all-around cowboy and 2015’s world champion tie-down roper. Multi-time world champion all-around cowboy and tie-down roper Joe Beaver, reigning world champion barrel racer Mary Burger, former bareback riding world champ Justin McDaniel, former steer wrestling world champion Stockton Graves, legendary team roping world champions Rich Skelton, Clay O’Brien Cooper and Alan Bach, two-time saddle bronc riding world champ Chad Ferley and two-time world champion barrel racer Lindsay Sears highlight the field.

Texas A & M’s Hailey Kinsel, riding her palomino mare Sister, is the new college rodeo champion barrel racer.

Three newly crowned College National Finals Rodeo Champions – steer wrestler Denver Berry, bareback ride Lane McGehee and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel – will compete along with more than 70 individuals who have qualified for the National Finals Rodeo or are likely to qualify this year.

Added to the mix are cowboys and cowgirls from 30 states, two Canadian provinces and New Zealand and top-ranked individuals from the Badlands Circuit of North and South Dakota.

In addition to the world-class rodeo competition, fans can enjoy special Family and Patriot Night activities July 2 and 3, huge fireworks displays July 3 and 4, nightly chuckwagon races, daredevil Roman riding, the Remarkable Kids Rodeo, the huge Independence Day Parade, Art in the Park and much more.

Pageant Contestants

5 to Compete for 2017 Queen, Princess

Five young women are competing for the chance to represent Mandan Rodeo Days as 2017 Miss Rodeo Mandan and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess. The pageant runs July 2-4 with the winners being crowned at Dakota Centennial Park during the July 4 rodeo performance.

Queen Contestants

Taylor Zimprich, 20, recently completed her sophomore year at North Dakota State University where she is on the dean’s list. She is working toward a double major in equine and animal science and plans to work in the field of animal genetics. Her hobbies include reading, bead and leather crafts and traveling. Taylor belongs to the NDSU rodeo club where she competes in barrel racing, NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Taylor is the daughter of Jim and Shelly Zimprich of Jessie.
Kylee Grabow, 17, will be a junior this fall at Hazen High School. Her hobbies include playing hockey and barrel racing. She is very involved in FFA where she is currently the president of her chapter and has earned her greenhand degree. She belongs to Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, 4-H and is the vice president of her student council. Upon graduation, Kylee plans to attend the University of North Dakota to study medicine. She is the daughter of Debra and Byron Grabow of Hazen.

Princess Contestants

Denyka Sauer, 9, will be in 4th grade at Sunrise Elementary School in Bismarck this fall. Her hobbies include flying airplanes, camping and giving back to the community through Saddle Up for St. Jude and Hoofin’ It for a Cure. She is a member of Burleigh County 4-H and Bismarck Horse Club. Denyka is the daughter of Jason and Priscilla Sauer of Bismarck.
Sydney Jo Weinberger, 9, will be in the 4th grade at Flasher Elementary School this fall. Her hobbies include competing in rodeos, gymnastics, going to the lake and doing arts and crafts. She is a member of the Mandan Horse and Saddle Club and the National Barrel Horse Association. Sydney is the daughter of Cody and Sonya Weinberger of Breien.
Emma Brewer, 10, will be in the 5th grade at Stanley Elementary School in the fall. Her hobbies include babysitting, barrel racing jackpots, cheerleading, volleyball and rodeos. She is a member of Mountrailsmen 4-H club and Mountrailsmen Saddle Club. Emma is the daughter of Michael Brewer and Sarah Brewer of Stanley.

 

The Miss Rodeo Mandan Pageant begins with personal interviews on Sunday, July 2 and continues with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. that day. Horsemanship competition is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 3.

Mandan Rodeo Days Expands, Adds Xtreme Bulls Event

The 2017 edition of Mandan Rodeo Days, presented by Dakota Community Bank & Trust, will bring even more action.

The celebration of our nation’s independence will start a day earlier with the addition of a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event on Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Dakotah Centennial Park.

The Mandan event is part of the Xtreme Bulls Tour which showcases many of the PRCA’s top bull riders. Money won at Xtreme bulls events counts toward the PRCA’s world championship standings. Tickets are $20 for ages 6 and up while kids under six are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

“Bull riding is consistently one of the most popular events at our rodeo,” said Mandan Rodeo committee chairman Bruce Schirado. “This celebration has 137 years of history and we are excited to add the Xtreme Bulls Tour. What a great way to kick off this year’s rodeo.”

Xtreme Bulls in Mandan will feature talented PRCA bull riders and highly regarded bucking bulls from Dakota Rodeo Company’s Chad Berger of Mandan. The Mandan Rodeo Days committee is offering $20,000 prize money for the July 1 event. That, along with contestants’ entry fees, promises a lucrative payday for the winner.

After the night of bull riding, the fun continues with three days of award-winning PRCA rodeo, July 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. Mandan, North Dakota’s largest regular-season rodeo, continues to grow and improve. The 2016 edition was named PRCA Badlands Circuit Rodeo of the Year, earning the honor above all PRCA rodeos in North and South Dakota.

Rodeo week includes the Miss Rodeo Mandan pageant, the Remarkable Kids Rodeo, family night activities, charity fundraising for veterans’ causes, a salute to active military and veterans, the crowd-pleasing chuckwagon races and more at Dakotah Centennial Park.

Other activities in Mandan include downtown events such as the Art in the Park festival July 3-4, the big Independence Day Parade, street festival, road race, baseball games, community meals and much more.

Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls tickets go on sale June 1. Look for more details and updated information about the 2017 Mandan Rodeo Days celebration at www.MandanRodeo.com or follow us on Facebook.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and early arrivals may visit sponsor booths and our western trade show.

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Pageant Entries Open

Entries Open for Miss Rodeo Mandan Pageant

Tatyanna Tibke – Miss Rodeo Mandan 2017

 

Entries close June 16 for the Miss Rodeo Mandan Queen and Princess Pageant.

Miss Rodeo Mandan contestants must be residents of the state and between the ages of 17 to 23 as of Dec. 31, 2017, to assure eligibility for the Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant in 2018.  Princess contestants must be between the ages of 8 and 12 as of July 1 and be from Mandan or within an approximate 125-mile-radius.

Contestants in both divisions need to be available July 2 to 4 for participation in pageant competition and rodeo activities. Contestants are judged on horsemanship, speech, personal interview, appearance and modeling.

Download applications and pageant rules here:

Faith Scott – Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess 2017

More information is available by contacting Pierette Johnson of the Mandan Rodeo Pageant Committee at 701-527-4324 or mandanpageant@hotmail.com

May 1 is the deadline for contestant entries to assure photos will appear in the Mandan Rodeo Days publication issued in June. Contestant entries will remain open through June 16.

New royalty will be crowned preceding the July 4 rodeo performance by 2017 Miss Rodeo Mandan Tatyanna Tibke of Wilton and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess Faith Scott of Wing. Mandan Rodeo Days is celebrating its 138th anniversary in 2017.

2017 Rodeo Royalty

Tibke, Scott Crowned Miss Rodeo Mandan, Princess

Tatyanna Tibke and Faith Scott will serve as ambassadors for the 2017 Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration in their new roles as Miss Rodeo Mandan and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess. The two were crowned during the Fourth of July professional rodeo in Mandan.

Tibke, 21, is a 2013 honors graduate of Washburn High School and has attended Bismarck State College for business management. She works as a teller at Western Cooperative Credit Union in Dickinson and currently lives in Richardton. Tibke is involved in the Triple R Horse Club, Wing Horse Club, and Richardton Saddle Club. Her parents are Shawn and Rebecca Tibke, Wilton.

Miss Rodeo Mandan, Princess

Mandan Rodeo 2017 Royalty (l to r): Miss Rodeo Mandan Tatyanna Tibke and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess Faith Scott.

Scott, 9, is from Wing where she will be in the third grade this fall. She is involved in Kingdom Kids at New Song Church. She loves animals and would like to be a vet and train horses when she is older. She is a member of the Wing Horse Club and competes in barrel racing, steer riding and has started to rope. She will be the header for her dad this year in team roping. Her parents are Ben and Elisha Scott.

Tibke earned top honors in the appearance category on her way to becoming Miss Rodeo Mandan. The first runner-up and winner in the horsemanship and personality categories in the queen division was Hope Ebel, Zeeland. Amy Landsiedel, Regan, received the congeniality award.

2017pageantIn the princess division, Scott won the horsemanship, personality and appearance categories. Audrey Kihle, Lignite, was named the congeniality winner by the other contestants as well as first runner-up.

Among the many prizes awarded were a queen’s trophy saddle sponsored by Express Yourself Salon and Spa, Mandan, and a princess saddle sponsored by Dakota Sanitation, Bismarck. Trophy buckles were sponsored by Great Plains Technical Services and Joe and Sandi LaDuke, Underwood. Tibke also receives a $1,000 scholarship from the BSC Foundation.

Tibke and Scott will be asked to participate in speaking engagements on behalf of the Mandan Rodeo Committee, to assist at regional rodeos and to teach youth about the sport of rodeo and activities offered during the 2017 Mandan Rodeo Days. Tibke will compete for Miss Rodeo North Dakota in October 2017.

 








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