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Bulls get spotlight in Killdeer

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Rorey Maier of Timber Lake, S.D., hangs on during the bull riding at the Roughrider Days Rodeo last Saturday. Maier drew Sir Patrick, one of the world's top bulls, tonight at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo.

The bull riders at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo better be ready to hang on today and Saturday.

The Dakota Rodeo Company, operated by Joe Simon and Chad Berger, is bringing a truck full of bulls that include seven that have burst out of chutes at Professional Bull Riders Finals.

"It's not going to be a drawing contest, I'll tell ya that," Simon said. "It'll be a riding contest. If they can ride, they're going to get a check."

Twenty-one-year-old Rorey Maier of Timber Lake, S.D., may be in store for one of the toughest draws of his young career.

Maier has drawn Sir Patrick, a bull that has been rode just twice in PRCA competition -- once a 93.5-ride by B.J. Schumacher during his march to a world championship at the 2006 National Finals Rodeo.

During his five-year career, Sir Patrick has produced an average score of 87.47 on 17 rides.

Another bull, God's Gift, has been tamed just four times at PRCA rodeos and is ranked 34th among active bulls on the Web site probullstats.com. His rides have generated an average score of 88.34 points and he has a 73-percent buckoff rate.

Will Sargent of Winner, S.D., has drawn God's Gift. Sargent won the second performance at the Roughrider Days Rodeo and finished second overall.

Other notable bulls include White Diamond (86.25 average score), Texas Jack (86), Spiderman (85.75), Bond, James Bond (85.33) and Out of the Box (85.13).

But the bulls won't be the only featured attraction at the state's oldest rodeo, which enters its 86th year.

Deb Harsche, one of the organizers of the event, said fans should be pleased to see a remodeled arena that includes new chutes and a new announcer's stand.

"The old chutes were getting dangerous and obsolete," Harsche said. "These look very nice, very professional and they're new so we're excited about it."

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 was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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