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Olson, Butterfield ready for Dickinson rodeo

RICHARDTON -- With the high school state rodeo finals getting closer by the day, Brendan Butterfield is hoping his most recent work has adequately prepared him.Butterfield, a junior cowboy at Richardton-Taylor, has worked tirelessly in the last t...

RICHARDTON - With the high school state rodeo finals getting closer by the day, Brendan Butterfield is hoping his most recent work has adequately prepared him.
Butterfield, a junior cowboy at Richardton-Taylor, has worked tirelessly in the last two weeks to ready himself for Monday’s Dickinson High Memorial Day Rodeo starting at 9 a.m. at the Dickinson State Outdoor Arena, the last tune-up before next month’s finals in Bowman.
Butterfield currently sits third in the overall boys standings with 190.5 points, but he’s hoping to rebound from what he described as a poor showing at the New Salem rodeo a few weeks ago.
“New Salem was one of the worst rodeos I’ve had this year,” he said. “I missed both my calf and my steer. My calf just wasn’t the best, and I didn’t adjust. The two weeks off here have been good. I’ve been roping a lot. I should be ready to go for Dickinson.”
Butterfield is first in tie down roping (66 points) and third in cow cutting (91.5) heading into Monday’s rodeo. He’ll also hope he and team roping partner - Tyler Kress, a senior at Bismarck Century - can turn in a good performance as well.
“I’d love to place in all my events, just to get a good, confident feeling going into state,” Butterfield said. “I want to get a good feel for things. It’d be great to get a solid top five in the team roping with Tyler to get us back in the hunt.”
Jayden Olson, also a junior out of Richardton-Taylor, is hoping for a bounce-back week also.
Olson is seventh in overall points with 109, but he also would have liked a better showing at New Salem.
“I was just thinking too much in New Salem,” he said. “I felt a lot of pressure because state’s coming up.”
Olson is first in bareback riding (90 points) and third in bull riding (19 points).

“I was bucked off my bull at about 7 seconds (in New Salem),” Olson said. “I’ve been getting on my bucking machine for about 15 minutes a night the last two weeks.”
Now that they’re out of school, Butterfield and Olson have a little more time to dedicate to honing their skills.
“The last couple weeks, I gotta thank my dad for working the chute and having the horses ready for when I get home from school, making sure everything’s right for the rodeo,” Butterfield said.
Butterfield said his family owns land north of Richardton, complete with its own outdoor arena and plenty of homegrown cattle for roping.
“Every year we take five or 10 calves to rope and the next year you can rope them as steers and they’re already broken into the system and know what to do,” Butterfield said. “I plan on roping every day. I help my dad work on the ranch every day. We’re branding and getting cows out to pasture during the day, and in the evening we’ll get prepared for rodeo.”
Butterfield said, in addition to making sure his roping is sound, it’s just as important to not let his performance at New Salem linger in his mind.
“That’s the key thing to rodeo: You have to get onto the next one,” he said. “After that bad day, you can get mad for 10 to 20 minutes, and then you have to put it behind you or it’ll ruin you. You have to move on and get ready for the next one."

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