Impressive finale: Cowboys, cowgirls finish strong at the 43rd annual Roughrider Days Rodeo
One win a weekend is a good.
Two wins is even better.
J.J. Alley, a cowboy from Tabor S.D., achieved such a feat in bareback riding after posting an 80-point ride during the final day of the 43rd annual Roughrider Days Rodeo on Sunday at the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena.
"She was really wild and electric out there," Alley said about the horse he rode, Marlia. "She just had me fighting for it and I was lucky enough to win."
The South Dakotan claimed his first win of the weekend on Friday during the Days of '56 in Ponca, Neb., with a 75.
Alley said it has been a pretty good start to Cowboy Christmas, which is a time of the year where cowboys and cowgirls can travel to different rodeos each day, sometimes two or even three.
"We've been on the road for over a week now," Alley said. "I've kind of lucked out this was my second win of the weekend. Everybody is kind of getting sore, tired and beat up but everybody is up here in the Dakotas, Montana, Colorado and the Midwest, because there are so many good rodeos going on."
One pair of cowboys taking full advantage of Cowboy Christmas is Jesse Bail and Isaac Diaz. The two saddle bronc riders made the overnight trip from Reno, Nev., to Dickinson to compete on Sunday.
Diaz and Bail made the trip worth every penny as the two finished in the top six. Diaz placed runner-up with an 84-point ride, while Bail, from Camp Crook, S.D., finished in a tie for third place (82).
"I've had that horse a couple times this year and the first time I didn't ride her very well," said Diaz, who is from Desdemona, Texas. "I was dang sure happy to have her today. She gave me a good chance."
Another winner from Sunday was Del Ray Kraupie of Bridgeport, Neb., in the steer wrestling. The Nebraska cowboy was the second-to-last competitor and he used it to full advantage finishing with a top time of 3.8 seconds.
"It was a good steer and that's half the battle right there in drawing a good one," Kraupie said. "We drew a good one and used him."
The other event which crowned its winner on Sunday was the duo of Jeff Johnston and Levi Tyan in team roping. They finished with a time of 4.9 seconds.
Out of the seven events, two winners came out of slack after Friday's main performance. Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas, won the tie-down roping at 9.2 seconds. Shelly Anzick of Livingston, Mont., won the barrel racing at 15.76 seconds.
Williston's T.K. Lawrence knew it was going to take a solid performance to win barrel racing. The Williston cowgirl ran a time of 15.81 seconds to finish runner-up on Sunday.
"My horse is big and strong, so it takes a lot of ground to hold him," Lawrence said. "I think it benefitted me being down near the bottom of the order. The ground was a little dug up for him. He had a little bit more grip.
"I'm very blessed to do what we were able to do today. I'm very happy."
The final event of the rodeo was bull riding, which was won by Trevor Kastner with an 88 on Big Mac Daddy during Friday's performance.
At Dickinson State University Outdoor Rodeo Arena
Bareback riding: 1, J.J. Alley, Tabor, S.D., 80. 2, Logan Corbett, Almo, Ky., 77. 3 (tie), Jet Price, Buffalo, S.D., and Casey Breuer, Mandan, 76. 5 (tie), Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La.; David Clapp, Sedalia, Mo.; Sam Nordick, Mohall; Clint Griffis, Lovell, Wyo.; Ty Breuer, Mandan; and Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 74.
Barrel racing: 1, Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont., 15.76; 2, T.K. Lawrence, Williston, 15.81; 3, Heidi Schmidt, Belfield, 15.89. 4, Pamela Rolph, Camp Crook, S.D., 15.92; 5, Wanda Brown, Edgemont, S.D., 15.96; 6, Dillon McPherson, Wolf Point, Mont., 15.98. 7 (tie), Deena Moeykens, Three Forks, Mont., and Victoria Netzer, Sidney, Mont., 15.99. 9 (tie), Britany Fleck, Solen, and Kaylee Gallino, Wasta, S.D., 16.02.
Bull riding: 1, Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., 88. 2, Brad Harris, Winfield, Kan., 87. 3, Jeffrey Joseph, 85. 4 (tie), Clay Hindman, Pierre, S.D., and John Young, Orient, Iowa, 83. 6, Steston Lawrence, Williston, 82.
Saddle bronc: 1, Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, S.D., 86. 2, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 84. 3 (tie), Ty Thompson, Wanblee, S.D.; Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas; and Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 82. 6 (tie), Samuel Kelts, Millarville, AB; Jeremy Means, ;Eagle Butte, S.D. and Rollie Wilson, Buffalo, S.D., 81.
Steer wrestling: 1, Del Ray Kraupie, Bridgeport, Neb., 3.8. 2, Jim Hansen, Watford City, 4.4. 3, Jake Newton, Glasgow, Mont., 4.6. 4 (tie), Sam Arndorfer, Baldwin; Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb; and Tee Hale, White Owl, S.D., 4.9. 8 (tie), Levi Hapney, Quinn, S.D.; Trevor Haake, Grand Island, Neb; and Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 5.1
Team roping: 1, Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb., and Levi Tyan Wallace, Neb., 4.9. 2, Drew Gartner, Killdeer and Tim Franzen, Sydney, Mont., 5.0. 3 (tie), Adam Rose, willard, Mo., and Billie Saebens, Nowata, Okla.; Travis Cowan, Highmore, S.D., and Elliott Gourneau, Kennebec, S.D., 5.7. 5, Cole Spurgeon, Beach and Sloan Hendley, Beach, 5.8. 6, Jake Nelson, Creighton, S.D. and Jeff Nelson, Philip, S.D., 6.5.
Tie-down roping: 1, Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas 9.2. 2, Jon Peek, Williston, 9.3. 3, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., 9.4. 4 (tie) Rusty Parmely, Wolsey, S.D., and Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D., 10.1. 6, Jess Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 10.2.