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Ranchorama Days Rodo takes over Medora

Cowgirls and cowboys put on a stellar show in the blazing heat

The 4th Annual Ranchorama Days Rodeo was held August 12 and 13 in Medora, ND
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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MEDORA — The Ranchorama Arena Club hosted the 4th Annual Ranchorama Rodeo Days in Medora, North Dakota August 12 and 13. Spectators enjoyed the thrilling rodeo action as cowboys were flung from the backs of bulls and broncs high into the air. Fans also cheered for their favorite ropers and barrel racers as they competed against a backdrop of sandy buttes.

In the barback riding Cayden Kling out of Belfield, ND shined in the spotlight with an 80-point ride and a score of 75, which was good enough to earn him 1st place and a $355 paycheck. Following him was Mandan’s Cole Gerhardt who scored just three points less than Kling.

Jon Peek out of Bismarck, ND landed at the top of the leaderboard in the tie down roping, flipping and tying his steer in 9.90 seconds. His quick time and solid tie earned him $574. Dickinson’s Jason Vohs came in second with a 12-second catch and tie.

Of the eight tie-down ropers who competed in the event, Jon Peek finished with the best time.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

In the ladies breakaway, Brandi White of Hazen, ND shot out of the gates and roped her steer in 2.20 seconds to take 1st place and the $816 prize.

Kelin Keplin was the one and only cowboy to put on a solid ride in the saddle bronc category. His eight-second hang on earned him 80 points and a final score of 56 which won him $830.


Steer wrestling was dominated by Watford City resident Colten Herbert, who turned heads and shocked the crowd with a 5-second pin. He was followed by Tyler Thorsen of Manning, ND who had a 6.6-second pin.

Local cowboys as well as many from out of state battled for the fastest times in roping and steer wrestling.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

Dickinson’s Alfred Hansen and his partner Luke Morast of Halliday, ND were a threatening duo in the team roping, heading and heeling their steer in 7.2 seconds. Their 80-point catch earned them each $925 for a combined sum of $1,850.

In the ladies barrel racing, three riders finished in the 15-second ball park but Towner, ND resident Lori Nelson had the cleanest, quickest pattern at 15.682 seconds. Following her were Dawn Carson and Amanda Lundquist.

JB Lord took the win in the senior men’s breakaway with a 3.1-second catch.

The night wrapped up with bull riding. Cole Becker of Circle, MT was the lone cowboy to master an 8-second, 55-point ride. His die-hard spirit and fight earned him a hefty $1,176, the highest pay out for a single competitor.

More than 10 cowgirls raced for their spot at the top of the leader board in the barrels.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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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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