Raising the bar: Cowboys, cowgirls continue to set high standards at Roughrider Days Rodeo
Logan Corbett only needed one solid ride to forget about the last two rodeos.
With a 77-point ride, the Kentucky cowboy currently sits atop of the bareback riding standings.
Corbett is in the driver's seat against some of the top competition in the PRCA during the second day of the 43rd annual Roughrider Days Rodeo on Saturday at the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena.
"I feel fantastic," said Corbett, who is from Almo, Ky. "We were in Edgewood, Iowa, on Thursday and Clear Lake, South Dakota, on Friday and both rodeos didn't go that well for me. So, I was starting to get down on myself a little, but to sit on top of the leaderboard right now seals my weekend.
"This rodeo was kind of the confidence boost I needed, before taking a couple days off and heading back out on the road."
The bareback event featured many of the top riders in the country including Mandan's Ty Breuer, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the PRCA world standings. Breuer finished with a 74. His younger brother, Casey, currently sits in tie for second after a ride of 76.
While Corbett isn't even ranked among the top 50 bareback riders in the country, he said having the added amount of top-end competition has helped him mature.
"It's nice to be able to come to rodeos like this one and be able to compete against guys that have been to the finals," Corbett said. "It also allows me to compare myself. I'm still kind of a young gun and haven't really established myself."
As for the rest of the rodeo, the team roping has a new leader with the duo of Killdeer's Drew Gartner and Tim Franzen of Sidney, Mont. The two teamed up to finish in 5 seconds.
"We are very happy," Franzen said. "We had a pretty good looking steer and we've have been battling a little horse problems. I just brought her back and it's really good to finish with that time."
Franzen, who lived in Dickinson for six years, said this rodeo continues to feel like home. Yet, he added the home rodeos aren't always the easiest to win.
"To win this rodeo, it is like my hometown rodeo," Franzen said. "In the rodeo world, those are usually the hardest rodeos to win. It means a lot to compete here, because it's a really good rodeo and it has been for many years."
During the barrel racing competition, Belfield's Heidi Schmidt has to follow one of the top barrel racers --National Finals Rodeo qualifier Britany Fleck.
Not exactly the easiest feat.
"When you follow Britany Fleck, who had made the finals, you want to try to do as well as you can," Schmidt with a smile. "I was pretty happy with how we worked."
Schmidt raced around the three barrels to finish with a time of 15.89 seconds, which was good enough to be the top time from the second round.
"There are 104 girls entered and at most rodeos there are 40," Schmidt said. "When you have that much competition, you just have go in with the mindset that you have to go as fast as you can, because everyone else is. That's my game plan for everywhere I go."
In saddle bronc riding, Ty Thompson of Wanblee, S.D., was the last cowboy to compete and he didn't disappoint.
The DSU alumnus scored a second-round high 82 points on Dakota Rose, which propelled him in the No. 2 spot in the saddle bronc standings after day two.
"I know there are a lot of guys competing tomorrow, so we'll just see where end up," Thompson said. "I felt pretty good today. I felt like I was able to finish strong."
Other top finishers during the second day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo were Rusty Parmely of Wolsey, S.D., in the tie-down roping 10.1, while Brad Harris of Winfield, Kan., scored an 87 in the bull riding. Tee Hale of White Owl, S.D., with 4.9 in the steer wrestling.
The Roughrider Days Rodeo concludes at 6:30 p.m. today with a new group of competitors looking to take home money, which pays out to the top six cowboys or cowgirls in each event.