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Join Us for our 136th annual Celebration July 2-4, 2015

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The most fun you can have with your boots on!

The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration offers three action-packed professional rodeo performances annually on July 2-4 plus Art In the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball, and the biggest and best Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration in the Northern Plains!

It’s three days of bucking broncs, big bulls and barrels of fun for the entire family!

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.

 

2016 Final Wrap-up

Mandan’s Ty Breuer Wins Bareback Riding at Hometown Rodeo

 MANDAN, N.D. (July 4, 2016) —Ty Breuer, one of the top bareback riders in professional rodeo, is a native of Mandan, N.D., home of the 137th annual Mandan Rodeo Days. Breuer qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 2013 and finished just out of the top 20 last year. At the midway point of the 2016 season, he’s ranked 13th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) championship standings.

ty-breuerBreuer competed at his hometown rodeo on July 4 and scored 85.5 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Sozo. That was three points more than previous leaders, Troy Vaira who won the bareback riding at Mandan in 2014, and Wyoming’s Devan Reilly. The win earned Breuer $2,609 and helped his quest to return to Las Vegas in December for his second NFR and a shot at the world championship.

South Dakota cowboy Louie Brunson was the only other cowboy to move into first place during the Independence Day rodeo performance. He took first place and earned nearly $4,000 with an 85.5-point ride in saddle bronc riding. Brunson rode Dakota Rodeo’s Bridal Shower.

ty-breuer2The bull riders were the only contestants who competed twice during Mandan Rodeo Days, but even with two opportunities each, only one cowboy made a qualified ride during the three performances. Mickey Andrews won the first round with 79 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Super Cella, July 3. That paid him $3,133. It was also enough to earn him another $3,133 for his total on two rides, giving him total winnings of more than $6,200 at his first professional rodeo.

To close the July 4 rodeo performance, a match saddle bronc riding paying tribute to the North Dakota Six Pack of cowboys who dominated bronc riding in professional rodeo in the 1950s and 1960s. Six cowboys, representing different rodeo associations – Indian Rodeo Association, North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, North Dakota Rodeo Association, Roughrider Rodeo Association, the PRCA Badlands Circuit and Mandan Rodeo Days — competed for a $1,000 bonus. The winner was Quint Stroh, who scored 75 points and represented the Roughriders.

 

The Mandan rodeo, presented by Dakota Community Bank & Trust, is part of the PRCA’s Cowboy Christmas schedule of rodeos across North America during the week of Independence Day. This year’s rodeo paid out just under $101,000 in prize money in seven rodeo events. Mandan Rodeo Days is a community-wide celebration held annually July 2-4.

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Following are the unofficial winners of the 137th annual Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, N.D.:

Bareback Riding: 1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 85.5 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Sozo, $2,609. 2. (tie) Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., and Devan Reilly, Sheridan, Wyo., 82.5, $1,739 each. 4. Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 80, $956. 4. Jake Smith, Rapid City, S.D., 76.5, $435. 5. Cole Picton, Marshall, Mo., 77, $609. 6. Jake Smith, Rapid City, S.D., $435. 7. Zach Colston, Mayfield, Ky., 76, $348. 8. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., $261.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 3.6 seconds, $2,697. 2. Kyle Callaway, Blue Creek, Mont., 3.8, $2,413. 3. (tie) Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D.; Rowdy Benson, Morristown, S.D., and Gabe Taylor, Valentine, Neb., 4.0, $1,845. 6. Trever Nelson, Coleman, Okla., 4.1, $1,277. 7. (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., and Clayton Hass, Terrell, texas, 4.2, $852 each. 9. J.W. Lorenz, Hazen, N.D., 4.4, $426. 10. (tie) Tony Larsen, Sheridan, Wyo., Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., and Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 4.5, $47 each.

Team Roping: 1. Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Ariz., 4.9 seconds, $2,383 each. 2. Casey Gattis, Junction, Texas, and Kirt Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 5.1, $2,141 each. 3. Dustin Equsquiza, Mariana, Fla., and Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla., 5.4, $1,889 each. 4. (tie) Gene and Clint Harry, Nixon, Nev., and Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 5.6, $1,512 each. 6. (tie) Lightning Aguilera, Athens, Texas, and Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla., and Jason Thorstenson, Rapid City, S.D., and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., $1,007.68 each.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Louie Brunson, Interior, S.D., 84.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Bridal Shower, $3,994. (tie) Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., on Dakota Rodeo’s Dunn Gone, and Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., on Dakota Rodeo’s Pinto Bob, 81 points. 3. J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D., 80. 4. James Greeson, Okeechobee, Fla., 79.5.

Tie-down Roping: 1. Matt Peters, Hot Springs, S.D., 8.6 seconds, $2,554. 2. Trinton Downing, Troy, Texas, 9.7, $2,285. 3. (tie) Justin Scofield, Wessington Spring, S.D., Ross Tucker, Archer City, Texas, and Brent Belkham, Blunt, S.D., 10.0, $1,747 each. 6. Ben Robinson, Red Deer County, Alberta, 10.1, $1,210. 7. Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D., 10.2, $941. 8. Jason Vohs, Dickinson, N.D., 10.4, $672. 9. (tie) Joe Schmidt, Belfield, N.D., and Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., $269 each.

Barrel Racing: 1. Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 14.65 seconds, $,3919. 2. Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.75, $3,055. 3. Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 14.88, $2,482. 4. Lorie Manning, Myakka City, Fla., 14.89, $1,909. 5. Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, $1,527. 6. (tie) Britta Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Wyo., and Lacy Maher, Eagle Butte, S.D., 14.92, $986 each. 9. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.93, $764. 10. (tie) Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., and Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 14.94, $620.46. 12. Nicole Laurence, Cresson, Texas, 14.95, $477.28. 13. Victoria Netzer, Sidney, Mont., 14.99 $382. 14. Samantha Jorgenson, Spearfish, S.D., 15.02, $286.37. 15. (tie) Ashley Day, Volborg, Mont., and Wanda Brown, Edgemont, S.D., $95 each.

Bull Riding: First Round (one ride) 1. Mickey Andrews, Weatherford, Okla., 79 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Super Cella, $3,133. Second Round (no qualified rides) Total on Two: 1. Andrews, 79, $3,133.

Tribute to the Six Pack Match Bronc Riding winner: Quint Stroh representing Roughrider Rodeo Association, $1,000.

All-Around Cowboy: Brett Belkham, Blunt, S.D. Total purse: $100,993.60

 

 

 

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North Dakota’s Ty Breuer rode Sankey Rodeo’s Sozo for 85.5 points to win his hometown rodeo, Mandan Rodeo Days.  Photo by Jackie Jensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 3

Tonozzi and Cox take team roping lead at Mandan Rodeo

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Team ropers Garrett Tonozzi and Wyatt Cox didn’t let the mud keep them from taking the team roping lead with 4.9 seconds at Mandan Rodeo Days. ’Photo by Jackie Jensen

MANDAN, N.D. (July 3, 2016) —Garrett Tonozzi of Fruita, Colo., likes competing at the Mandan Rodeo. Last year he and partner Matt Kasner won their event here with a time of 5.4 seconds and each earned more than $2,500. This year Tonozzi has been roping with young gun Wyatt Cox of Arroyo Grande, Ariz. The pair has been roping well, winning the team roping at the Reno Rodeo in June.

At Mandan the fastest time during the first performance was 5.1, Tonozzi and Cox knew they needed a quick run to take the lead. The rodeo was delayed after only three teams had roped, because a severe thunderstorm blew through the area.

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Oklahoma’s Mickey Andrews made the only qualified ride to win the first round of bull riding at Mandan Rodeo Days Photo by Jackie Jensen

After the skies dumped more than an inch of rain in less than 30 minutes, arena conditions changed from dry to muddy. Tonozzi and Cox came back into the arena and roped their steer in 4.9 seconds to take the lead and win the $100 fastest time of the night bonus.

Mickey Andrews of Weatherford, Okla., made a splash in his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) debut. The 23-year-old bull rider is the only one to make a qualified ride after two nights of competition. He scored 79 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Super Cella.

Andrews graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in May with a bachelor of science in exercise science. While in college he concentrated on college rodeo and the Championship Bull Riders tour, earning success in both. He won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s (NIRA) Central Plains region bull riding championship three years running and qualified for the College Finals Rodeo three times.

The Mandan rodeo, presented by Dakota Community Bank & Trust, is part of the PRCA’s Cowboy Christmas  schedule of rodeos across North America during the week of Independence Day.

The July 3 performance is always Patriot Night at Mandan with special fund-raising activities for veterans’ charities. Rodeo clown Matt Merritt challenged announcer Tim Fuller to jump in a big, watery mud hole in the middle of the arena. Fuller told the crowd that if they donated $1,000 to K9s for Warriors he would jump in the mud at the end of the bull riding.

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Rodeo announcer Tim Fuller splashes down after the Mandan Rodeo crowd raised $2,200 for K9s for Warriors to challenge him. Photo by Jackie Jensen

The crowd, most of whom sat through the thunderstorm or returned to watch when it had passed, raised $2,200 and Fuller’s splash in the mud was a highlight of the night.

Mandan Rodeo Days is a community-wide celebration held annually July 2-4. North Dakota’s largest Independence Day Parade kicks off July 4 and the rodeo continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The state’s largest fireworks display follows the rodeo.

 

 

 

 

Unofficial leaders following Sunday night’s competition at the 137th annual Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, N.D.:

Bareback Riding: 1. (tie) Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., on Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender and Devan Reilly, Sheridan, Wyo., on Sankey Rodeo’s Fun Haver, 82.5 points each. 3. Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 80. 4. Jake Smith, Rapid City, S.D., 76.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 3.6 seconds. 2. Kyle Callaway, Blue Creek, Mont., 3.8. 3. (tie) Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D.; Rowdy Benson, Morristown, S.D., and Gabe Taylor, Valentine, Neb., 4.0 seconds.

Team Roping: 1. Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Ariz., 4.9 seconds. 2. Casey Gattis, Junction, Texas, and Kirt Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 5.1. 3. Dustin Equsquiza, Mariana, Fla., and Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla., 5.4. 4. (tie) Gene and Clint Harry, Nixon, Nev., and Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 5.6.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. (tie) Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., on Dakota Rodeo’s Dunn Gone, and Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., on Dakota Rodeo’s Pinto Bob, 81 points. 3. J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D., 80. 4. James Greeson, Okeechobee, Fla., 79.5.

Tie-down Roping: 1. Matt Peters, Hot Springs, S.D., 8.6 seconds. 2. Trinton Downing, Troy, Texas, 9.7. 3. (tie) Justin Scofield, Wessington Spring, S.D., Ross Tucker, Archer City, Texas, and Brent Belkham, Blunt, S.D., 10.0.

Barrel Racing: 1. Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 14.65 seconds. 2. Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.75. 3, Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 14.88. 4, Lorie Manning, Myakka City, Fla., 14.89.

Bull Riding: first round (one ride) 1. Mickey Andrews, Weatherford, Okla., 79 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Super Cella, $3,133.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2

Troy Vaira Aims for Second Mandan Rodeo Bareback Win

PRCA Mandan Perf One Troy Vaira 1Troy Vaira was aiming for history to repeat itself at the opening performance of the 137th Mandan Rodeo Days, and he nearly succeeded. The cowboy, who calls Richey, Mont., home, was the bareback riding champion at this rodeo in 2014.
This year he drew the same bucking horse that he rode to first place two years ago, Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender. The big yellow gelding is one of the country’s top bucking horses and has been selected for pro rodeo’s world championship, the National Finals Rodeo several times.
Vaira scored 82 points to take the 2016 bareback riding lead by two and a half points. He comes from a big rodeo family that owns a rodeo stock contracting company and about 300 bucking horses, which gives him plenty of opportunity to practice.
“I’ve only been on this horse twice, both here in Mandan,” Vaira said, as he accepted his $100 bonus in the Ryan Dodge Winner’s Circle following his ride. He knows that if he can keep the lead through the final performance Monday night, he’ll take home a chunk of the $100,000+ prize money.

PRCA-Mandan Slack (2068)Saturday was also a good day for the Griemsman family of Piedmont, S.D. Jana Griemsman bested more than 100 competitors in Saturday morning’s slack competition of barrel racing and leads the event by a tenth of a second with just 24 left to compete during the next two performances.

Since barrel racing drew nearly 140 entries, its purse will be the biggest of this year’s rodeo. Griemsman rode an eight-year-old horse she and her family raised and trained. She also won the Mandan Rodeo in 2010, riding a different horse.

Her husband Paul competed in team roping, heeling for header Jason Thorstenson of Rapid City, S.D. Their time of 5.7 seconds is in third place, behind leaders Texan Casey Gattis and New Mexico’s Kirt Jones who stopped the clock in 5.1 seconds.

Unofficial leaders following Saturday night’s competition at the 137th annual Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan, N.D.:

Bareback Riding: (three rides)1. Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., 82.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender. 2. Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 80. 3. Jake Springer, Stephenville, Texas, 64.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1. (tie) Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D.; Rowdy Benson, Morristown, S.D., and Gabe Taylor, Valentine, Neb., 4.0 seconds. 2. J.W. Lorenz, Hazen, N.D., 4.4. 4. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 4.5.

Team Roping: 1. Casey Gattis, Junction, Texas, and Kirt Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 5.1 seconds. 2. Dustin Equsquiza, Mariana, Fla., and Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla., 5.4. 3. Jason Thorstenson, Rapid City, S.D., and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 5.7. 4. Reece Weber, Valentine, Neb., and Ty Talsma, Verdigre, Neb., 5.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., 81 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Pinto Bob. 2. J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D., 80. 3. James Greeson, Okeechobee, Fla., 79.5. 4. Garrett Aldridge, Huntsville, Texas, 78.

Tie-down Roping: 1. Matt Peters, Hot Springs, S.D., 8.6 seconds. 2. Trinton Downing, Troy, Texas, 9.7. 3. (tie) Justin Scofield, Wessington Spring, S.D., Ross Tucker, Archer City, Texas, and Brent Belkham, Blunt, S.D., 10.0.

Barrel Racing: 1. Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 14.65 seconds. 2. Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.75. 3, Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 14.88. 4, Lorie Manning, Myakka City, Fla., 14.89.

Bull Riding: No qualified rides.

K9s for Warriors to Benefit from Auctions, Fundraising

Charity fundraising is a big part of  Mandan Rodeo Days and activities to raise money for K9s for Warriors reach a peak on Sunday, July 3, at the rodeo’s Patriot Night performance. Mandan Rodeo Days is proud to support K9s for Warriors and their mission to “Give a new leash on life to a rescue dog and a military hero.”

necklace2Mark Kuhn paintingOne of the biggest components of the fundraising efforts is the charity raffle. Rodeo committee members sell tickets for a chance to win one of three prizes. One prize is a moonstone diamond pendant donated by Westley’s Jewelry, valued at approximately $2500. The other two prizes are a 45 Long Colt Henry rifle  and a 17 caliber Henry rifle, both donated by Double H Guns of Bismarck. Raffle tickets are available at the following locations: all Dakota Community Bank locations in the Bismarck/Mandan area, Country Soule on South 12th in Bismarck, Mandan Sporting Goods on Main Street in Mandan and Double H Guns on the corner of Washington and Bismarck Expressway in Bismarck. Rodeo committee members also sold raffle tickets at Buggies & Blues in Mandan and at the PBR in Bismarck. Last chance tickets will be on sale at the Mandan Rodeo in the charity booth under the grandstands.

Raffle tickets are available at the following locations: all Dakota Community Bank locations in the Bismarck/Mandan area, Country Soule on South 12th in Bismarck, Mandan Sporting Goods on Main Street in Mandan and Double H Guns on the corner of Washington and Bismarck Expressway in Bismarck. Rodeo committee members also sold raffle tickets at Buggies & Blues in Mandan and at the PBR in Bismarck. Last chance tickets will be on sale at the Mandan Rodeo in the charity booth under the grandstands July 2 and 3.

auction1During the July 3 rodeo, there will also be live and silent auctions benefitting K9s for Warriors.  Live auction items are an original oil painting by artist Deb Knuth which was featured on this year’s rodeo poster, plus two guitars—one signed by the performers at Prairie Knights Casino and the other a commemorative guitar honoring Little Yellow Jacket and Joe Berger Bucking Bulls. Joe Berger is being inducted into the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame this year and Mandan Rodeo Days want to congratulate him on this honor. Another item on the live auction is  a pair of Justin boots donated by Walton Scoreboards and Justin Boot Company.  The final item for the live auction will be two tickets to the Keith Urban concert on October 6th at the Bismarck Event Center donated by Farmers Union Insurance.

Silent auction items include a gas-to-charcoal grill from Lowes,  a stand-up beer cooler & Weber coal grill from Jerome Distributing, Keith Urban concert tickets from Farmers Union Insurance,  a set of tools from Mandan Fastenal,  a Western queen comforter set in red, many assorted themed gift baskets, a North Dakota products basket from Suzy Q’s, Pendleton items from Republic Distributing, and a signed and numbered print of a buckskin mustang from North Dakota artist Wayne Pruse, plus several gift cards to our local eaterys and coffee shops. Running’s has donated a camping grill, t-shirts and caps and Action Motor Sports has donated a gift card to chose your own gift. Local radio station swag is also included in some of the gift baskets. Items are added to the silent auction every day.

Patriot Night to Raise Money for K9s for Warriors

Warrior 03Patriot night at Mandan Rodeo Days on July 3 includes a concentrated effort to raise funds for our military veterans. This year’s charity recipient is K9s For Warriors, whose motto is “Give a new leash on life” for a rescue dog and a military hero.

Details on Mandan Rodeo Days’  fund-raising activities, including how to buy a raffle for Henry rifles or a gold moonstone diamond necklace, check out our Charity Fundraising page.

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Entries Now Open for 2016 Miss Rodeo Mandan Pageant

Entries are now open for the 2016 Miss Rodeo Mandan queen and princess pageants.  The queen and princess serve as ambassadors for  Mandan Rodeo Days, the community and the sport of rodeo and are selected during the annual July 2-4 rodeo.

Miss Rodeo Mandan contestants must be residents of the state and between the ages of 17 to 23 as of Dec. 31, 2016, to assure eligibility for the Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant in 2017.  Princess contestants must be between the ages of 8 and 12 as of July 1 and be from Mandan or within Contestants-w-Prizesan approximate 125-mile-radius.

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