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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Killdeer's Riley Blankenship competes in bull riding during the Dickinson High School Rodeo on May 27 at the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena. Blankenship, who didn't plan on competing in high school rodeo this season, finished as the bull riding champion in the North Dakota High School Finals Rodeo.

Exceptional choice: Blankenship thought about not competing to winning a championship

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Before the start of the North Dakota High School rodeo season, Killdeer's Riley Blankenship had thoughts about not competing at all.

He was going to focus on making money at professional bull riding events.

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All it took was a little push from Dunn Center's Jake Benson for Blankenship to commit to the high school rodeo season.

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