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Stroh becomes family’s latest saddle bronc champion at state finals

BOWMAN -- The saddle bronc success runs deep in Qwint Stroh's family. His father Shaun was a high school state champion in the event in Montana in 1991 and was later a National Finals Rodeo champion in 2009. Qwint's brother, Boyd, continued that ...

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Qwint Stroh of Dickinson holds on for a 75-point ride during the saddle bronc competition at the North Dakota high school rodeo finals Sunday in Bowman. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

BOWMAN - The saddle bronc success runs deep in Qwint Stroh’s family.
His father Shaun was a high school state champion in the event in Montana in 1991 and was later a National Finals Rodeo champion in 2009. Qwint’s brother, Boyd, continued that legacy with a North Dakota saddle bronc championship in 2014.
On Sunday, it was Qwint’s turn.
The junior from Dickinson turned in a 75-point ride during the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association finals, adding another chapter of saddle bronc excellence to the Stroh record book.
“We traveled with (our dad) as little kids through all those years,” Qwint said, “and we just grew into it. We wanted to try it out, and it’s going good.”
Qwint was one of just two saddle bronc riders to score on the rodeo’s final day. Defending champion Jesse Olind of Rhame put together a 62-point ride. Qwint was the event’s final ride, and he came through in the clutch.
“(Olind) didn’t have a whole lot of horse underneath him,” Qwint said. “We found out I had a pretty good horse, and (Olind’s) horse should have scored a little higher … and scores would have been closer.”
As the champion, Qwint qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.
He had qualified for nationals each of the past two years; as a freshman, Qwint went for bull riding and saddle bronc riding, and last season, he went for saddle bronc only.
Qwint appeared mild-mannered after becoming a state champion for the first time, but his father and brother were plenty excited for him.
“They’re always telling me I need to work on this or work on this and try to make me a better rider,” Qwint said, “but they were pretty happy today.”
Jayden Olson, a junior from Taylor, also qualified for nationals after winning the bareback riding.

In the team roping, Nevada Berquist of Watford City and Jesse Chase of Mandaree were named the state champions. Hayes LeMieux of Manning and Ty Truchan of Killdeer placed second in the event to also qualify for nationals. Joining them will be the fourth-place team of Brendan Butterfield of Richardton and Tyler Kress of Bismarck.
Butterfield was also second in the boys cow cutting and fourth in the tie down roping.
In the barrel racing, Killdeer’s Lakken Bice placed second and qualified for nationals. She was also fourth in the pole bending. Karly Bang, also of Killdeer, was third in the breakaway roping and fourth in cow cutting, qualifying her for nationals as well.
Annie Praus was second in the girls cow cutting, qualifying the Dickinson junior for nationals.
National qualifiers
Rifle shoot: Sterling Lee, Garrett Hoelscher, Hunter Schlosser, Logan Sailer.
Trap shoot: Logan Sailer, Wade Berg, Lane Kvien, Sterling Lee.
Reined cow horse: Lauren Topp, Claire Schoffer, Brooklyn Vollmer, Daniel Sagvold.
Girls cow cutting: MaKenna Sandstrom, Annie Praus, Cara Jo Hilzendeger, Karly Bang.
Boys cow cutting: Hunter Sandstrom, Brendan Butterfield, Lane Tokach, Keenan Kvamme.
Bareback riding: Jayden Olson, Tanner Berger, Rance Kramer.
Breakaway roping: Jada Maher, Bailey Berg, Karly Bang, Molly Thompson.
Tie down roping: Seth Peterson, Hunter Sandstrom, Keenan Kvamme, Brendan Butterfield.
Barrel racing: Lauren Topp, Lakken Bice, Karlee Kalberer, Abby Hepper.
Steer wrestling: Bridger Anderson, Keenan Kvamme, Justin Dahl, Lane Kvien.
Saddle bronc riding: Qwint Stroh, Keenan Kvamme, Daniel Sagvold, Jesse Olind.
Goat tying: Cara Jo Hilzendeger, Jada Maher, Lacey Forsness, Brooklyn Vollmer.
Team roping: Nevada Berquist/ Jesse Chase,Ty Truchan/ Hayes LeMieux, Clayton Backhaus/ Seth Indergard, Brendan Butterfield/ Tyler Kress.
Pole bending: Claire Graner, Matteah Dworshak, Kelly Knoll, Laken Bice.
Bull riding: Results not available.

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