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Former Blue Hawk Thompson shows well at Roughrider Days

The saddle bronc competition on Friday was chock-full of South Dakotans, but it was a former Blue Hawk that emerged chief among them. Ty Thompson, a Dickinson State cowboy from 2007-10, had some instant trouble with Instant Noodle at the Stark Co...

Dawson Jandreau of Kennebec, S.D., rides Paint Chip during the Saddle Bronc riding competition Friday night at Stark County Fairgrounds. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dawson Jandreau of Kennebec, S.D., rides Paint Chip during the Saddle Bronc riding competition Friday night at Stark County Fairgrounds. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

The saddle bronc competition on Friday was chock-full of South Dakotans, but it was a former Blue Hawk that emerged chief among them.

Ty Thompson, a Dickinson State cowboy from 2007-10, had some instant trouble with Instant Noodle at the Stark County Fairgrounds, but he made good on his reride, posting an 85 aboard Stomp Out Loud to top the first-day leaderboard at the Roughrider Days Rodeo.

"If it holds up, good, but if not, I felt good on him, he's a good horse. I'm just happy to get one rode and get onto the next one," said Thompson, a Wanblee, S.D., native. "I was the second guy out, and that was supposed to be a really nice horse and right away he knocked my stirrup off. I was seeing what my reride was, and I didn't know it, but TJ Korkow (of Korkow Rodeos, the stock contractor) said he was good. The whole family has good horses, and I got on him and it worked out good."

Thompson was one of eight South Dakota natives to put together a qualifying ride on Friday. Dawson Jandreau of Kennebec, S.D., rode Paint Chip to a score of 79.5 to sit in second place after the first day, and Jeremy Means of Eagle Butte, S.D., and Lane Stirling of Buffalo, S.D., tied for third with 78s.

"That's what so fun about rodeos. You get to see some of your best friends every weekend," Thompson said. "You come out and get to hang out with these guys and drink beer, and they're all great guys."

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Friends or not, for one day at least, Thompson showed them how it's done at one of his favorite rodeos - held for the first time at the new fairgrounds. He won the saddle bronc competition in 2013 when the arena was situated along State Avenue.

"This rodeo is always pretty special," he said. "It's always been pretty good to me, and I always like coming back up here to ride. I love the school and love the area.

Thompson's success Friday was welcomed, as he said he took last year off rodeoing, so he's had trouble getting qualified for bigger rodeos. He hopes Friday sets him in the right direction. He'll ride in Clear Lake, S.D., on Saturday and in Crawford, Neb., on July 3, just in time to make it back to Mandan for Independance Day.

"Hopefully I'll get some money won so I can get into some rodeos," Thompson said.

South Dakotans also found success elsewhere on the first day of the Roughrider Days competition.

Cole Fulton of Miller, S.D., led the field of tie down ropers with a time of 10.5 seconds, just edging out Miles Garwood of Atkinson, Neb., (10.6) and Jade Lyon of Meadow, S.D., (10.7).

Meanwhile, Brent Belkham of Blunt, S.D., recorded a time of 4.8 seconds in the steer wrestling, coming in ahead of Fulton (5.2) and Joe Robert Nelson of Alexander, N.D., (5.6). River Voigt of Killdeer sits fourth with a time of 5.7 seconds.

In the bull riding, Tate Thybo of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Reagan Avery of West Monroe, La., both earned scores of 75. Thybo's ride came atop the aptly named Nasty Habit, and Avery got the best of Red Out. Reid Barker of Comfort, Texas, and Devon Mitchell of Shepherd, Mont., were the only other bull riders to last the eight seconds, earning scores of 66 and 34, respectively.

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The duo of Logan Olson of Flandreau, S.D., and Matt Kasner of Cody, Neb., posted a time of 5.1 seconds in the team roping to lead the way, and Heather Knerr of Great Falls, Mont., holds the top spot in the barrel racing by being the only rider Friday to come in under 18 seconds (17.86).

The Roughrider Days rodeo continues through the weekend with 7 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday.

Roughrider Days Rodeo
Results Friday

Tie Down Roping: 1, Cole Fulton, Miller, SD, 10.5. 2, Miles Garwood, Atkinson, NE, 10.6. 3, Jade Lyon, Meadow, SD, 10.7. 4, Brent Belkham, Blunt, SD, 19.1. 5 Dane Kissack, Spearfish, SD, 19.9. 6, Justin Scofield, Wessington Springs, SD, 25.5. No times: Dillon Wickum, Minot, ND; Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, NE.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Ty Thompson, Wanblee, SD, 85. 2, Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, SD, 79.5. 3-tie, Jeremy Means, Eagle Butte, SD, 78; Lane Stirling, Buffalo, SD, 78. 5, Louie Brunson, New Underwood, SD, 76.5. 6, Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, SD, 76. 7, Kendall Green, Cohagen, MT, 71. 8, Tate Thybo, Belle Fourche, SD, 62. No times: Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, MT; Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, ND; Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, MT; Kash Deal, Dupree, SD; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Brent Belkham, Blunt, SD, 4.8. 2, Cole Fulton, Miller, SD, 5.2. 3, Joe Robert Nelson, Alexander, ND, 5.6. 4, River Voigt, Killdeer, ND, 5.7. 5, Todd Suhn, Hemosa, SD, 15.1. No times: Clint Nelson, Philip, SD.

Team Roping: 1, Logan Olson, Flandreau, SD/ Matt Kasner, Cody, NE, 5.1. 2, Shaw Loiseau, Flandreau, SD/ Tel Schaack, Edgemont, SD, 6.5. 3, Levi O'Keeffe, Mohall, ND/ Jade Nelson, Midland, SD, 10.4. 4, Blaine Finney, Ainsworth, NE/ Brady Graff, Ainsworth, NE, 21.1. No times: Clint Whipple, St. Francis, SD, Riley Wakefield, O'Neill, NE; Tim P Nelson, Midland, SD, Jake Nelson, Creighton, SD; Brent Vigen, Adams, ND, Bryce Vigen, Mandan, ND.

Barrel Racing: 1, Heather Knerr, Great Falls, MT, 17.86. 2, Kaitlyn Latham, Flandreau, SD, 18.0. 3, Dawn Carson, Grassy Butte, ND, 18.03. 4, Tamie Jo Martin, Wood Lake, MN, 18.37. 5, Tina Graham, Baker, MT, 18.42. 6, Becky Halverson, Plentywood, MT, 18.57. 7, Katie Crowley, Poplar, MT, 18.63. Jennifer Belkham, Blunt, SD, 18.8. 8, Lindsey O'Keeffe, Mohall, ND, 23.37. 9, Cassie de Yong, Helena, MT, 27.75.

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Bull Riding: 1-tie, Tate Thybo, Belle Fourche, SD, 75; Reagan Avery, West Monroe, LA, 75. 3, Reid Barker, Comfort, TX, 66. 4, Devon Mitchell, Shepherd, MT, 34. No times: John Stephenson, Blackfoot, ID; Brady Oleson, Blackfoot, ID; Chasen Cole, Hermosa SD; Dalton Rudman, Wellington, UT; Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, NE; Jordan Sammons, Splendora, TX; Corby Sturdivant, Crossett, AR; Remi Wildeman, Elko, NV.

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