Talsma, former Blue Hawk Pelton unseat leaders to place first at Roughrider Days Rodeo

With Ty Breuer's 85 already the top score on the board, Jordan Pelton knew he needed a flawless bareback ride. It just so happens he came to the final day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo equipped with the perfect spell to take down Professor Snape. ...

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Ty Talsma of Verdigre, Neb., competes in the steer wrestling Sunday at the Roughrider Days Rodeo at the Dickinson State Outdoor Arena. Talsma placed first at the rodeo with a time of 4.1 seconds. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)
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With Ty Breuer’s 85 already the top score on the board, Jordan Pelton knew he needed a flawless bareback ride.

It just so happens he came to the final day of the Roughrider Days Rodeo equipped with the perfect spell to take down Professor Snape.

The 8 seconds passed in the blink of an eye, and Pelton was rewarded with an 87, a score that stood the rest of Sunday evening at the Dickinson State Outdoor Arena. It also served as the arena’s record for the event.

“I’d never done good at this rodeo,” said Pelton, a DSU cowboy from 2012-15. “It worked out this time, I guess. … About the third jump, I could feel it was going pretty good, and I just tried to turn him loose and spur him as good as I could.”

Pelton, from Halliday, had never faced Professor Snape before, so he was pleased to get a quality ride from an unfamiliar horse.


“I saw he’d only been out once, and I tried to do the same deal as I usually do, and he ended up being really good,” Pelton said. “I feel like I drew right, and I did things right to get done what I needed to.”

In the steer wrestling on Sunday, Ty Talsma of Verdigre, Neb., unseated Clay Schaack as the leader. Schaack timed in at 4.5 seconds Saturday night, but Talsma bested him with a time of 4.1 seconds.

“You know you can’t back off the barrier. You have to go after it,” Talsma said of seeing an impressive time coming into the day. “It’s best to not think about it. Just go after it the best you can.”

Talsma, who’s competed in several Roughrider Days Rodeos in the past, came away with his first finish at No. 1.

“Around here especially, there’s a whole lot of bulldogers, and they’re all really good,” he said. “This is bulldogin’ country, and there’s a lot of them that’ll beat you on any given day, so it feels good to beat them once in awhile.”

Sheldon Portwine of Dickinson turned in a time of 5.7 seconds Sunday to finish in a tie for fourth in the steer wrestling with Eli Lord of Sturgis, S.D.

In the bull riding, the stock proved to be too much for the riders on Sunday. Sage Steele Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., was the only cowboy to finish his ride unharmed. His dance partner, Sugar Bear, had never been ridden to completion in its career until Sunday, and Kimzey was rewarded with a 73, which gave him sixth place. Bart Miller’s 82-point ride from Saturday remained untouched for first place.  

Sunday served as a fun time to be a tie down roper as the final five spots were all decided on the last day of the rodeo. Trey Young, of Dupree, S.D., set the bar on Friday with a time of 9.1 seconds, and that stood up through the final two days.


Cole Robinson of Moorcroft, Wyo., jumped into second place, registering a 9.2-second run. Riley Pruitt, of Gering, Neb., placed third with a time of 9.5 seconds, Justin Scofield of Wessington Springs, S.D., followed in 9.9 seconds and K.C. Miller of San Luis Obispo, Calif., timed in at 10.1 seconds for fifth place. Lee Sivertson of Ree Heights, S.D., clocked his run in 10.8 seconds for sixth place.

Travis Nelson of Philip, S.D., challenged for the top of the saddle bronc standings on Sunday, collecting an 84-point ride atop Raylene, but that tied him for second with JJ Elshere of Hereford, S.D. Chase Brooks of Deer Lodge, Mont., remained in first place following his 85 on Saturday.

The bottom three spots of the saddle bronc results were all decided Sunday as well. Jeremy Meeks of Scenic, S.D., rode River Rat the full way for 83 points. Zachariah Phillips of Rozet, Wyo., rode Cherry Velvet for an 80, and Taygen Schuelke of Newell, S.D., matched that score atop Chocolate Starfish.

In the team roping, Tucker McDaniel and Jeff Nelson’s time of 5.8 seconds remained the top time from an earlier performance, but Hunter Munsell and Austin Rogers maneuvered themselves into third place with a 6.4-second run on Sunday.

Jill Moody of Pierre, S.D., also jumped into the top six in the barrel racing on Sunday, timing in at 15.64 seconds for third place. Jana Griemsman of Piedmont, S.D., saw her arena record of 15.51 seconds hold up from Saturday to retain the top spot.

Roughrider Days Rodeo

Bareback riding: 1, Jordan Pelton, Halliday, 87. 2, Ty Breuer, Mandan 85.5. 3, Tanner Aus, Granit Falls, Minn., 85. 4, Blake Smith, Zap, 84.5. 5, Casey Breuer, Mandan, 80. 6, Weston Garrett, Gillette, Wyo., 79.


Saddle bronc riding: 1, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 85. 2 (tie), JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D.; Travis Nelson, Philip, S.D., 84. 4, Jeremy Meeks, Scenic, S.D., 83. 5 (tie), Zachariah Phillips, Rozet, Wyo.; Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 80.

Tie down roping: 1, Trey Young, Dupree, S.D., 9.1. 2, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 9.2. 3, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 9.5. 4, Justin Scofield, Wessington Springs, S.D., 9.9. 5, K.C. Miller, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 10.1. 6, Lee Sivertson, Ree Heights, S.D., 10.8.

Steer wrestling: 1, Ty Talsma, Verdigre, Neb., 4.1. 2, Clay Schaack, Wall, S.D., 4.5. 3, Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan., 5.6. 4 (tie), Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.; Sheldon Portwine, Dickinson, 5.7. 6 (tie), Tye Hale, Faith, S.D.; Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D., 5.9.

Team Roping: 1, Tucker McDaniel, Midland, S.D., and Jeff Nelson, Philip, S.D., 5.8. 2, Caleb Mitchell, Mason, Texas, and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., 5.9. 3, Hunter Munsell, Arnett, Okla., and Austin Rogers, Crescent, Okla., 6.4. 4, Tim Nelson, Midland, S.D., and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D., 6.6. 5, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 7.1. 6, Clint Gorrell, Beach, and Jesse Dale, Timber Lake, S.D., 8.1.

Barrel racing: 1, Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 15.51. 2, Kristen Darnell, Goshen, Ala., 15.63. 3, Jill Moody, Pierre, S.D., 15.64. 4, Ahnna Peterson, Velva, 15.65. 5 (tie), Kassidy Dennison, St. Francis, S.D.; Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.; Layna Kight, Ocala, Fla.; Becky Fuson, Conrad, Mont., 15.66.

Bull riding: 1, Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb., 82. 2 (tie), Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.; Taryl Smith, Litchville, 80. 4, Newt Brasfield, Lane, Okla., 78.5. 5, Wyatt Gregg, Belle Fourche, S.D., 76. 6, Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 73.

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