On the line: Cowgirls and Cowboys risk all at the Roughrider Days PRCA Rodeo

A roster full of determined cowgirls and cowboys put on their best performances at the 2022 Roughrider Days PRCA Rodeo at Stark County Fairgrounds.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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DICKINSON — Hooting and hollering rodeo fans enjoyed three days packed full of bucking broncs, speedy steers and thrashing bulls at the Roughrider Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo June 24 through June 26 at Stark County Fairgrounds.

A cooling rain swept across the prairie Friday, as a small group of brave cowboys opened up the show with bareback bronc riding. Tucker Zingg put on a stellar show with an 8-second ride on a flashy steed named Go-gurt. The horse’s nostrils flared as it busted out of the gates in a frenzy. With expert strength, Zingg grasped his riggin’ and was tossed around like a ragdoll. The 80.5-point ride earned him $1,750 and a 1st place win. Ty Breuer followed him in 2nd with a 79-point ride.

Bareback and saddle bronc horses caught some major air throughout the rodeo, challenging the cowboys to push themselves to their limits.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

Steer wrestling took center stage next. Trell Etbauer dismounted his horse and grappled his steer to the ground in 4.6 seconds. He collected $1,794 for the quick and controlled pin. Jaret Whitman of Belgrade, Montana followed closely behind with a 5.0-second pin and a $1,560 paycheck.

Cooper and Tucker White took 1st in the team roping, heading and heeling their steer in 6.2 seconds. The job done right and quick earned them each $1,774. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp finished 2nd, followed by Cameron Irwin and Cash Hetzel in 3rd.

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Some of the contestants traveled from South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming and more to compete in the three-day event.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

In the saddle bronc riding, Jade Blackwell put up an 82-point ride on “Crickett,” that earned him a whopping $2,380. Rapid City South Dakota’s Ty Manke followed him, just half of a point behind for an 81.5-second ride and a $1,825 pay out on “Rage Mode.”


With lightning speed, the tie-down ropers ripped out of the gates next. Clint Kindred of Oral, South Dakota leaped from his horse and hoisted his steer to the ground with a thud. In 10.4 seconds, he threw his hands in the air to signal a complete tie. His Friday performance remained at the top of the leader board through Sunday, earning him 1st place bragging rights and a $2,086 check. Paul David Tierney followed Kindred in 2nd with a 10.6-second tie.

Lindsay Kruse of Fromberg, Montana kicked off the barrel racing show, but Summer Kosel finished 1st with a 17.06-second ride and a $2,035 check. She was followed by Cydney Peterson in 2nd and Molly Otto in 3rd.

The rodeo showcased a variety of popular events including roping, bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

The beasty-bulls closed the show. Dare-devil Jeff Askey endured an 8-second ride on “Standard Tuesday” that landed him 86-points and a 1st place win. The victory loaded his pockets with $2,256. Joe Bertus of Avon, South Dakota finished 2nd on “Messy Marvin,” followed by Dillon Micheel and Chance Schott who were tied for 3rd.

In total, $65,161 was paid out to the winning cowgirls and cowboys. Stock was provided courtesy of Korkow Rodeos.

With four starters and five seniors graduated last season, the Trinity Titans boys basketball team will be left with one returning starter, All-Region selection Jake Shobe. They will be rebuilding chemistry and strength this year to plug those gaps with an inside presence to compliment him.

Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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