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Bowman County Rodeo a tune-up for Badlands Circuit Finals

Bowman County Rodeo

At Dakota Winds Arena, Bowman

7 p.m. Friday performance, 8 a.m. Saturday (slack), 7 p.m. Friday performance

For the most part, the Bowman County Rodeo can be considered a tune-up event.

It's the final area rodeo before the Badlands Circuit Finals in October, yet because of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rules, the event counts toward the 2013 circuit standings.

The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Dakota Winds Arena in Bowman with slack at 8 a.m. Saturday and the final performance at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

"It's actually pretty dang important from a practice aspect and being able to go and compete," Dickinson's Sheldon Portwine said.

Portwine leads the Badlands Circuit steer wrestling standings heading into the finals, which are Oct. 4-7 at the State Fair Center in Minot.

"It really helps out, it keeps you sharp and it gives you a boost toward next year if you get some money won," Portwine said. "Keeping sharp is a big deal. This rodeo really helps, being right before (the Badlands Circuit finals)."

Portwine has won $9,528 this year and holds only a $53 lead over Forest Sainsbury of Camp Crook, S.D. Both cowboys are slated to compete in Saturday's slack.

One area cowboy that will be in Bowman and has a firm grip on the Badlands Circuit lead is bull rider Abe Dillman from Grassy Butte. He has $16,038 in earnings this year and holds a huge lead in his event.

While the money won this weekend in Bowman doesn't count toward Badlands Circuit earnings, it certainly matters for any cowboys or barrel racers trying to seal a spot at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Only a handful of top-25 contestants are entered in Bowman, including bareback rider Ty Breuer and barrel racer Britany Fleck, both from Mandan, barrel racer Nikki Steffes of Vale, S.D., as well as South Dakota saddle bronc riders Cole Elshere, Chad Ferley, Chuck Schmidt, Troy Crowser and Jesse Bail.

Breuer is up Friday night, Fleck and Steffes each go in the Saturday morning slack. The South Dakota bronc riders go Saturday night.

Badlands Circuit Final Regular Season Standings

Note: Top six are listed in each event.

All-around: 1, J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D., $16,116. 2, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, $15,714. 3, Seth Jack Murphy, South Heart, $15,452. 4, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., $11,555. 5, Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., $10,626. 6, Jay Mattson, Deadwood, S.D., $10,129.

Bareback riding: 1, Casey Breuer, Mandan, $10,584. 2, Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D., $9,986. 3, Mac Erickson, Sundance, Wyo., $7,656. 4, Dustin Luper, Provo, S.D., $7,619. 5, Jet Price, Buffalo, S.D., $7,239. 6, Ty Breuer, Mandan, $6,577.

Bull riding: 1, Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, $16,038. 2, Shawn Coleman, Springfield, S.D., $11,517. 3, Garrett Vig, Newell, S.D., $8,572. 4, Tyson Donovan, Sturgis, S.D., $8,166. 5, Jayden Hansen, Gettysburg, S.D., $8,024. 6, Allen Auer, Whitewood, S.D., $7,743.

Saddle bronc riding: 1, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., $15,216. 2, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., $9,759. 3, Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, $8,809. 4, Ty Thompson, Wanblee, S.D., $8,678. 5, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., $7,215. 6, Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D., $7,032.

Steer wrestling: 1, Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, $9,528. 2, Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, S.D., $9,475. 3, Brent Sutton, Onida, S.D., $7,947. 4, Seth Jack Murphy, South Heart, $7,258. 5, J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D., $6,377. 6, J.W. Lorenz, Washburn, $6,311.

Team roping (header): 1, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, $13,062. 2, J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D., $9,739. 3, Dusty Forre, Newman Grove, Neb., $8,375. 4, Scott White, Oelrichs, S.D., $8,136. 5, Jay Mattson, Deadwood, S.D., $7,651. 6, Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D., $7,457.

Team roping (heeler): 1, Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., $13,062. 2, Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., $9,245. 3, Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., $9,093. 4, Troy Hermelbracht, Homer, Neb., $8,588. 5, Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D., $8,136. 6, Jeff Nelson, Philip, S.D., $7,457.

Tie-down roping: 1, Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D., $10,410. 2, Joe Schmidt, Belfield, $7,817. 3, Rex Treeby, Hecla, S.D., $7,789. 4, Seth Jack Murphy, South Heart, $7,524. 5, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., $7,502. 6, Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D., $7,029.

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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