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Saddle Bronc rider Troy Crowser scores 85 to win on 2nd re-ride at Roughrider Days Rodeo

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Troy Crowser of Whitewood, S.D., hangs on to Dakota Rose during the first performance of the Roughrider Days Rodeo on Friday night at the Dickinson State Outdoor Arena. It was Crowser's second re-ride of the night and it paid off. He had an 85 to win the performance and take the lead in the rodeo.

Two-time world saddle bronc champion Cody Wright drove away from Dickinson on Friday night comfortably in the lead at the Roughrider Days Rodeo.

He didn't even get a chance to see Troy Crowser beat him.

Crowser's third ride was the charmed one during the rodeo's first performance.

The Whitewood, S.D., cowboy turned in an outstanding 85-point ride on his second re-ride of the evening, beating Wright's 84 that had set the pace earlier. Judges awarded Crowser re-rides after a 40 and a 63.

"I love to watch Cody Wright be up here and ride with us," said Crowser, a 24-year-old who was the PRCA's Rookie of the Year in the saddle bronc riding. "It's even better if you beat him. That guy's a world champ, one of the best in the world and you love to see him. But usually he shows up and you're like, 'Aw, shoot.' It's great."

Wright departed Dickinson shortly before Crowser's re-ride on Dakota Rose but should be able to add fortune teller to his list of talents, saying before he left that it was entirely possible an 84 might not be good enough to win the rodeo.

"I hope that it holds up and gets a little something, but there's a lot of good horses coming up and a lot of good riders," said Wright, who rode Nurse Jumpsalot.

Crowser barely missed the National Finals Rodeo last season and finished 19th in the world standings. He currently ranks 43rd in the world standings and hopes this is the bump he needs to make another run at Las Vegas.

"This is Cowboy Christmas," he said. "I hope it's Christmas for me."

The first day of the three-day PRCA rodeo featured a few of the top cowboys in the world, along with the best of the Badlands Circuit. The rodeo continues at 6:30 p.m. today with the second performance.

In the steer wrestling, unranked bulldogger Tyrel Larson of Sturgis, S.D., had a 4.1-second run in the morning slack performance to set the pace. It was a mark tied later in the evening by Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., a two-time world champion who ranks ninth in the world standings this season.

Gorsuch said he knew he had to capitalize on the steer he had drawn.

"Everybody came up and said, 'That's the one, that's the one,' Gorsuch said with a smile. "I didn't have to even look at the draw. I dang sure wanted to make sure I got out of the barrier. I've been breaking a lot of barriers. My horse has been working great, but it's me. I wanted to make sure I got out of there. I just made a good run and that steer was really good."

In the bareback riding, Mandan's Casey Breuer made a bid to chase his brother Ty Breuer, the Badlands Circuit leader, with a performance-winning 77-point ride on Firestorm.

"I knew she was going to be good," Breuer said. "She kind of threw a little colt fit out there right away, got me rocked away and screwed me up a little bit. It cost me a few points, but I finished alright."

Only three bull riders held on for eight seconds, including Shawn Coleman of Springfield, S.D. He rode Little Rascal to an 81.

In the team roping, header Bubba Buckaloo of Kingston, Okla., and three-time NFR qualifying heeler Matt Zancanella of Aurora, S.D., put themselves in the lead in the evening with a 5-second run.

In the tie-down roping, Deon Dorsey of Isabel, S.D., made a 9.4-second run in the slack to set the pace. Jon Peek of Pueblo, Colo., won the performance with a 9.7.

The best time in the barrel racing also came in the slack with Theresa Walter's run of 15.59 seconds. She is from Billings, Mont.

Roughrider Days Rodeo

At Dickinson State Outdoor Arena

First Performance and Slack

Bareback riding: 1, Casey Breuer, Mandan, 77. 2, Rollie Wilson, Buffalo, S.D., 75. 3, Zane Forster, Richardton, 74. 4, J.J. Alley, Tabor, S.D., 71. 5, Sylvan LaCross, Baker, Mont., 63. 6, Doug Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 62.

Tie-down roping: 1, Deon Dorsey, Isabel, S.D., 9.4. 2, Jon Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 9.7. 3, Trey Young, Dupree, S.D., 10.0. 4 (tie), Preston Billadeau, Parshall, 10.1; Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., 10.1.

Saddle bronc riding: 1, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., 85. 2, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 84. 3, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 77. 4, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 74. 5 (tie), Rollie Wilson, Buffalo, S.D., 72; Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 72. 7, Alex Wright, Milford, Utah, 71. 8, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 68. 9, Tyrel Kennedy, Philip, S.D., 67. 10, Jeremy Means, Eagle Butte, S.D., 60.

Steer wrestling: 1 (tie), Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 4.1; Tyrel Larson, Sturgis, S.D., 4.1. 3, J.B. Lord, Rapid City, S.D., 4.3. 4, Seth Murphy, South Heart, 4.7.

Team roping: 1, Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 5.0. 2, Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo., and Jesse Jolly, Agate, Colo., 5.6; Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D., and Jeff Nelson, Philip, S.D., 5.6. 4 (tie), Layne Carson, Grassy Butte, and Tim Franzen, Dickinson, 6.0; J.B. Lord, Rapid City, S.D., and Jesse Frederickson, Menoken, 6.0.

Barrel racing: 1, Theresa Walter, Billings, Mont., 15.59. 2, Jessica Leach, 15.72. 3, Deena Grieves, Upton, Wyo., 15.85. 4, Deena Moeykens, Three Forks, Mont., 15.87.

Bull riding: 1, Shawn Coleman, Springfield, S.D., 81. 2, Allen Auer, Whitewood, S.D., 74. 3, Clay Hindman, Pierre, S.D., 68.

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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