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Riding with pride at Memorial Day Rodeo

“The competition went very well for how muddy and sticky it was...Every horse and competitor handled it well and it went smoothly,” said Kiarra Reiss

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Keene sophomore Ty Brenna was the only competitor out of six to receive a qualifying 64-point score in saddle bronc riding.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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DICKINSON – Gray clouds of misty rain kissed the prairie backdrop at the Stark County Fairgrounds Monday, May 30 for the 42nd Annual Dickinson Highschool Rodeo.

The rodeo kicked off as the sun began to rise at 7 a.m., starting with girls and boys cow cutting.

In the girl’s cow cutting competition, Carlee Roshau took first place, ending her day at the top of the leaderboard in individual event standings with a score of 92 all around points. She is followed by Chesney Gjermundson who won third place at the Memorial Day Rodeo and placed second in individual event standings with 86.50 all around points.

In the boy’s cow cutting, Jayden Morgan of Baldwin placed first, earning him the third place slot in individual event standings. Colter Martin is at the top in individual event standings with 106 event points, followed by Cole Gerhardt with 99.

Gerhardt is also at the top of the leaderboard in bareback riding, with 99.50 all around points. He took a 73-point ride on Memorial Day, and got a wild reaction from the crowd. In the individual event standings, Gerhardt is followed by freshman Carson Hildre of Velva, who has 89 event points and placed 2nd at the Memorial Day Rodeo. Belfield senior Cayden Kling followed Hildre in third with a riding score of 59.

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Third place bareback rider Cayden Kling hangs on with all he's got at the 2022 Memorial Day high school rodeo at Stark County Fairgrounds.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

In the breakaway roping, Killdeer freshman Aspen Dunford took first place with a time of 3.160 seconds, landing her ninth in individual event standings. Dickinson senior Kiarra Reiss holds first place in the individual event standings with 47.50 points. She is followed by Maci Maher of Mclaughlin in second and Jayda Miller in third in individual event standings.

In tie down roping, Killdeer freshman Kale Hansen took first place, catching and tying his steer in 11.37 seconds. Although Killdeer senior Tyler Hansen took a No Time for the day, he is still first in individual event standings with 64 event points. Dickinson’s Luke Mavity is second in individual event standings with 58 all around points. He performed his catch and tie in 12.89 seconds.

Following the tie down roping, 68 girls battled for their spot in the top 24 in barrel racing. Junior Megan Larson of Hoople took first in the event with a 15.986 second ride, earning her fourth place in individual event standings. Sophomore Kenzie Homelvig leads in individual event standings with 83 all around points. She completed her Memorial Day ride with a time of 17.766 seconds. Kiarra Reiss is second in the individual event standings. She wrapped up her day with a 16.297 second ride.

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Dickinson senior Kiarra Reiss rounds her second barrel, ending her run with a 16.297 time.
Photo by Amber I Neate

“The competition went very well for how muddy and sticky it was,” Reiss said. “Every horse and competitor handled it well and it went smoothly.”

As the evening of action continued, so did the rain. Fluffy brown dirt turned into squishy mush, adding an extra element of challenge to the rodeo events. Steer wrestlers took their spot in the limelight next, giving the cold, wet crowd something to cheer about. Tyler Hansen, tumbled his steer to the ground in 4.02 seconds, taking 1st place for the day and securing first place in individual event standings with 84 all around points. Sophomore Kolby Sperry of Beach was close behind Hansen, placing second in the event, earning him ninth place in individual event standings. He pinned his howling steer in 4.82 seconds. Freshman Trey Bohmbach is second in individual event standings with a point total of 75 and a 7.45 second steer pin on Memorial Day.

In saddle bronc riding, sophomore Ty Brenna of Keene was the only contestant out of six to get a qualifying 64-point ride. The other five contestants got no scores, putting Brenna at the top of the board in individual event standings. He is followed by senior Ashton Frei of Halliday who has 49 all around points.

In goat tying, Maci Maher appeared on the board again, this time in first, earning her the first place mark in individual event standings with 80.5 all around points. She is followed by Kenzie Homelvig in the individual event standings with 68 points.

Trevor Sorge and Tel Sorenson worked their way to the top of the leaderboard in individual event standings for team roping with 77 event points each. They are followed by Tyler Hansen and Cayden Kling in second, each with 51 event points. Cael Hilzendeger and Weston Lapierre placed first in the Memorial Day rodeo team roping, landing them in the top 15 in individual event standings.

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In pole bending, Carlee Roshau of Bismarck placed first for the day, weaving in and out of the poles for a perfect 21.221 second pattern. She sits in second place in the individual event standings. Megan Larson, who is first in individual event standings, had a rough ride, knocking over several poles for a time of 36.212 seconds.

Bull riding was the 12th and final event of the evening. Only the toughest and most committed rodeo fans stuck around in the rain and wind to watch the remaining 12 competitors take their shot at 8 seconds on the thunderous rough stock. About half of the competitors wound up with a no score ride and a face full of wet slop but for Minot junior Brody Nelson, it was a successful 69-point ride and a first place win. Jesse Hicks, Carson Hildre, Izaak Boekelman and Tyler Villarreal also all had 8-second rides.

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Minot junior Brody Nelson got an 8-second ride and a 69-point score that earned him first place in the bull riding Monday afternoon.
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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