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Dickinson's Alfred Hansen and Jesse Fleming, of Wolf Point, Mont., teamed up to finish with the best time of 6.9 seconds in the opening round of the Roughrider Days Rodeo on Friday at the DSU Outdoor Arena.

Solid opening show: Cowboys, cowgirls set high marks on 1st day of Roughrider Days Rodeo

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Solid opening show: Cowboys, cowgirls set high marks on 1st day of Roughrider Days Rodeo
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Dillon McPherson didn't know what to expect when she entered the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena.

The last time she competed with her horse was nearly a year ago.

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"I haven't run her since last August, because she had surgery last fall," McPherson said. "I didn't know how she was going to run."

Admittedly she didn't feel like she was going fast, but the cowgirl from Wolf Point, Mont., finished with fastest ride of 15.98 seconds in the girls barrel racing during the first day of the 43rd annual Roughrider Days Rodeo on Friday.

"I didn't feel like I was going that fast, but obviously she was making up time somewhere," McPherson said. "I'm really proud of her. I couldn't have asked anything more of her."

McPherson was able to compete alongside her mother, Laura, as the two went back-to-back in the first round of barrel racing. Dillon McPherson said it wouldn't be possible to compete without the assistance of her mother and father.

"(My mom) and dad train all of our horses and I just get to run them," Dillon McPherson said with a laugh. "I wouldn't have a horse to run otherwise."

During bull riding, which was the final event of the first day, Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., was the final competitor to ride.

Yet, he came away with the best score. He stayed on his bull for the full eight seconds and scored an 88. Though only two other cowboys before Kastner scored on their rides, he wasn't looking to other cowboys as his main competition. His main competition was the bull -- Mac Daddy.

"Whether the guys are staying on or getting bucked off, you aren't riding against them, you are riding against your bull," Kastner said. "I feel really good about (the score)."

In the saddle bronc riding, Jeremy Meeks was the only cowboy to score in the 80s. Meeks, of Belle Fourche, S.D., scored an 86.

However, he believed he could have scored a little bit better.

"I kind of mess the horse up right out of the gate and that was my own fault," Meeks said. "I was still able to finish the ride really well and she had a really good day."

Nonetheless, Meeks is happy with ending the opening the round of saddle bronc with the top score.

"(An 86) is a good score, especially on the first day," Meeks said. "It makes the weekend feel little better now."

As for bareback riding, three cowboys ended in a tie of 74. Yet, there two re-rides due to a horse falling on its back and a horse not leaving the chute.

The re-ride proved to be worth Jet Price's time. The cowboy Buffalo, S.D., used the second chance to score a 76, which put him into the driver's seat with best opening round score.

Sam Nordick, who finished with one of the 74s, is hoping to sneak into the money when all is said and done on Sunday.

"We are about a third of the way through, so I'm feeling a little comfortable," Nordick said. "I'm to hold on and get some money. That score probably won't win it, but it will win something."

The other winners at the first day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo were Kean Edwards with a 14.5 seconds in the tie-down roping, Mandan's Ben Grann steer wrestling with 6 seconds. Dickinson's Alfred Hansen and Jesse Fleming, of Wolf Point, Mont., combined to finish with a time of 6.9 seconds in team roping.

A new batch of contestants ascends on the DSU Outdoor Arena for the second day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.

However, he believed he could have scored a little bit better.

"I kind of messed the horse up right out of the gate and that was my own fault," Meeks said. "I was still able to finish the ride really well and she had a really good day."

Nonetheless, Meeks was happy with ending the opening the round of saddle bronc with the top score.

"(An 86) is a good score, especially on the first day," Meeks said. "It makes the weekend feel a little better now."

As for bareback riding, three cowboys ended in a tie of 74. Yet, there were two re-rides due to a horse falling on its back and a horse not leaving the chute.

The re-ride proved to be worth Jet Price's time. The cowboy Buffalo, S.D., used the second chance to score a 76, which put him into the driver's seat with best opening round score.

Sam Nordick, who finished with one of the 74s, is hoping to sneak into the money when all is said and done on Sunday.

"We are about a third of the way through, so I'm feeling a little comfortable," Nordick said. "I'm to hold on and get some money. That score probably won't win it, but it will win something (top six win money)."

The other winners at the first day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo were Kean Edwards with a 14.5 seconds in the tie-down roping, Mandan's Ben Grann steer wrestling with 6 seconds. Dickinson's Alfred Hansen and Jesse Fleming, of Wolf Point, Mont., combined to finish with a time of 6.9 seconds in team roping.

A new batch of contestants ascends on the DSU Outdoor Arena for the second day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.

Roughrider Days

At Dickinson State University Outdoor Rodeo Arena

Bareback riding: 1, Jet Price, Buffalo, S.D., 76. 2, Sam Nordick, Mohall; Clint Griffis, Lovell, Wyo.; and Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 74. 5, Colten Blanchard, Provo, S.D., 69. 6, John Collins, Sheridan, Wyo., 62. 7, Tanner Burgener, Douglas, Wyo., 61.

Barrel racing: 1, Dillon McPherson, Wolf Point, Mont., 15.98. 2, Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, 16.04. 3, Wendy Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., 16.18. 4, Kava Huestis, Ulm, Mont., 16.20. 5, Lindsay Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 16.36. 6, Tess Hansen, Dickinson, 16.39. 7, Laura McPherson, Wolf Point, Mont., 16.50. 8, Erin Wanner, Dickinson, 16.65. 9, Presley Hamann, Holloway, Minn., 31.82.

Saddle bronc: 1, Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, S.D., 86. 2, Samuel Kelts, Millarville, AB, 81. 3, Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont., 79. 4, Jace Nelson, Philip, S.D., 76. 5, Kaden Deal, Cherry Creek, S.D.; Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, AB, 75. 7, James Willert, Kadoka, S.D., 73.

Steer wrestling: 1, Ben Grann, Mandan, 6.0. 2, Webster William Lembke, Hebron, 6.3. 3, Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, S.D., 6.9. 4, Cole Fulton, Miller, S.D., 8.0.

Team roping: 1, Alfred Hansen, Dickinson and Jesse Fleming, Wolf Point, Mont., 6.9. 2, Devin McGrath, Belle Fourche, S.D. and Dalton Richter, Quinn, S.D., 7.0. 3, Clint Gorrell, Beach and Chase Carson, Grassy Butte, 7.1.

Tie-down roping: 1, Kean Edwards, Gillette, Wyo., 14.5. 2, Carey Bevan, Carievale, SK, 16.3. 3, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 16.7. 4, Austin Ameel, Oxbow, SK, 20.6.

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