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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Sam Spreadborough rides Bahama Mama to a win in the saddle bronc riding on Thursday night during the first performance of the Roughrider Days Rodeo at the Dickinson State Outdoor Arena. Spreadborough, a native of Australia, won with an 81-point ride.

Australian Spreadborough wins saddle bronc riding at Roughrider Days Rodeo opener

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Ten years ago, Sam Spreadborough moved from Australia to Texas to ride saddle broncs.

On Thursday night, the 30-year-old came to Dickinson and showed exactly why he came to the United States.

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The seventh-ranked bronc rider in the world took Korkow Rodeo's Bahama Mama on a smooth 81-point ride to win the first performance of the Roughrider Days Rodeo at the Dickinson State Outdoor Arena.

"I knew nothing about the little horse, but Korkow's got good colts, so I had to come and try it," Spreadborough said.

In a performance where other saddle bronc horses would start out feisty but tire out quickly, Spreadborough and Bahama Mama had 8 seconds of clean bucking.

"When I rolled him in, he sort of threw a fit after I pulled on him," Spreadborough said. "We got him sound and I just crawled down on him and nodded and it all went good. That little horse just jumped and kicked straight across the arena, I couldn't have asked for a better horse."

Spreadborough travels with Bradley Harter, the No. 3-ranked bronc rider from Weatherford, Texas.

Harter didn't have as good of luck. He had a 73 to tie South Dakotan Lane Stirling for fourth in the performance. Sam Leftwich of Winfield, Kan., had a 76 to finish second and Golden Valley's Hugh Connolly was third with a 74.

Just as the saddle broncs did, the bareback horses gave their cowboys trouble too.

Tyler Scales of Severence, Colo., finished with a classic-looking 79-point ride to win the round.

Tyler Haugan of Sturgis, S.D., took advantage of his steer's stumble to win the steer wrestling with a time of 4.1. seconds. Kody Woodward of Dupree, S.D., was second with a 4.3.

Parshall's Preston Billadeau teamed up with and Jared Bilby of Bridgeport, Neb., to win the team roping with a time of 5.1 seconds during the morning's slack performance.

Dane Kissack of Spearfish, S.D., won the tie-down roping with a run of 8.9 seconds during slack.

Clay Cowan, one of the Badlands Circuit's top all-around cowboys, took second and won the night performance with a 10.5. He also took third in the steer wrestling with a 5.1.

Phyllis Wells of Newalla, Okla., won the barrel racing with a time of 17.03 seconds. After what appeared to be a slow start, Wells and her horse made a hard push to the finish line to distance themselves from the field.

The rodeo continues at 6:30 p.m. today and concludes with the third performance at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday Performance and Slack

Bareback riding: 1, Tyler Scales, Severence, Colo., 79. 2, Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., 72. 3, Justin Pollmiller, Littleton, Colo., 71. 4, Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., 69.

Barrel racing: 1, Phyllis Wells, Newalla, Okla., 17.03. 2, Wendy Halweg, Mitchell, S.D., 17.23. 3, Rayna Rice, Sidney, Mont., 17.27. 4, Tamra Musick, Virgil, S.D., 17.41. 5, Cindy Mankin, Gillette, Wyo., 17.44. 6, Gale Beebe, Custer, S.D., 17.45.

Bull riding: 1, Kyle Hapney, Harrold, S.D., 74. 2, Jay Dunford, Menoken, 64.

Saddle bronc riding: 1, Sam Spreadborough, Synder, Texas, 91. 2, Sam Leftwich, Winfield, Kan., 76. 3, Hugh Connolly, Golden Valley, 74. 4 (tie), Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 73; Lane Stirling, Nisland, S.D., 73. 6, Marty Young Bear, Parshall, 69.

Steer wrestling: 1, Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, 4.1. 2, Kody Woodward, Dupree, 4.3. 3, Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., 5.1. 4 (tie), Trevor Haake, Grand Island, Neb., 5.2; Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D., 5.2. 6, Chason Floyd, Ludlow, S.D., 5.8.

Team roping: 1, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, and Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., 5.1. 2 (tie), Layne Carson, Grassy Butte, and Tim Franzen, Dickinson, 6.3; Cole Johnson and Clay Johnson, Gillette, Wyo., 6.3. 4, Travis Cowan, Highmore, S.D., and Brady Graff, Ainsworth, Neb., 11.0. 5, Cole Morgan and Jess Morgan, Ada, Okla., 11.1. 6, Kenny Hoffman, Highmore, S.D., and Heath Church, Peidmont, S.D., 13.5.

Tie-down roping: 1, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.9. 2, Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., 10.5. 3, Corey Cronin, Gettysburg, S.D., 11.2. 4, Grant Ellingson, Kellyville, Okla., 11.5. 6, Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D. 12.2.

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Dustin Monke
Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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