Bulls run wild in rodeo finale
In the last event of the final night of 44th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, the bulls proved tough to ride and even tougher to wrangle afterwards on Sunday.
The bull riding competition closed out the four-day event at Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell. John Mincey, of West Plains, Mo., turned in the best performance of the night, scoring an 81, which was good enough to place third in the overall standings.
"I rode up to my expectations," Mincey said. "I've been riding really good lately and it's been kind of tough on me. But we finally broke the ice and got another one rode."
Mincey said he was pleased with his bull draw. He rode a bull named Rooster Sunday.
"I know he looked like a big buffalo," Mincey said of what he knew about his bull prior to his ride. "He was just what I needed."
Mincey was one of four cowboys to stay on the full 8 seconds and score in the go on Sunday, while the 1,524 paid fans in attendance got a little extra entertainment as the bullfighters had their work cut out for them, corralling the animals after each ride. The total attendance for the four days was 10,772, with 2,856 attending Saturday.
"That's just rodeo for you," Mincey said. "That's what it's all about. We are out here having fun."
One bull cornered a rodeo official and clipped him in the legs as the official attempted to climb over the fence to safety. He was not hurt in the altercation.
John Young, of Orient, Iowa, and Jess Davison, of Miles City, Mont., tied for first place in the bull riding event with an 82.
Two more bareback riders took their turns in the rodeo finale, with Erik Wolford, of Belle Fourche, scoring a 75 to lead the pair of cowboys on Sunday. Mud Butte's Cheyenne Seymour scored a 74. Jake Smith, of Whitewood, finished first in the bareback event with a score of 80.
Jim Hansen, of Watford City, N.D., took the overall win in steer wrestling with a time of 3.3 seconds, while Forest Sainsbury, of Camp Crook, had the best time Sunday with a performance of 4.4 seconds.
Rapid City's Jade Blackwell's score of 86 coming into the final night of the rodeo stood up for a first-place finish. Wade Yost, of Ree Heights, finished with an 83 for the best score Sunday.
Two of the eight cowboys to compete in the tie-down roping event Sunday managed to put up a score. Jeremy Len Kempker, of Eugene, Mo., had the night's best time, roping his calf in 11.9 seconds. Clint Kindred's time of 7.6 seconds from Friday was good enough for the overall win.
Logan Olson and Jordan Olson, of Surprise, Ariz., had the best time in the team roping event at 4.6 seconds. J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, of Sturgis, had a top time of 5.8 seconds Sunday.
In the women's barrel racing, Kara Posch, of Holdingford, Minn., finished in 15.88 seconds for a Sunday best. Britany Diaz, of Solen, N.D., won the overall with her time of 15.39 seconds from Friday.
"We're very thankful for the Mitchell community and guests who traveled in to enjoy the rodeo," Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Chairman Jim Miskimins said. "The performances were outstanding. We can't wait to do it again next year."
The Sutton family announced they will name a horse for the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, which will be revealed at the 2015 rodeo.
2014 Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo overall
Held at Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell
Bull riding: T-1. John Young, Orient, Iowa, 82; T-1. Jess Davison, Miles City, Mont., 82; 3. John Mincey, West Plains, Mo., 81; T-5. Joe Bertus, Avon, 77; T-5. Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla., 77; T-5. Pistol Robinson, Hubbard, Tex., 77; T-8. Jeff Bertus, Avon, 76; T-8. Joey Koupal, Dante, 76.
Barrel racing: 1. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 15.39; 2. Gretchen Benbenek, Aubrey, 15.40; 3. Kaylee Gallino, Wasta, 15.41; 4. Kristine Knauf, Chilton, Wis., 15.45; T-5. Ashley Baur, Gresham, Wis., 15.72; T-5. Cranna Roberts, Lacombe, Alberta (Canada), 15.72; 7. Laura Kennedy, Quitman, Ark., 15.75.
Team roping: Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 4.6; T-2. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 4.9; T-2. Tucker McDaniel/Elliot Gourneau, 4.9; T-2. Blaine Vick/Walt Woodward, 4.9; 5. Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 5.0; 6. Preston Billadeau/Jesse Fredrickson, 5.3; 7. Jeff Johnston/Todd Hollenbeck, 5.6; 8. J.B. Lord/Levi Lord, 5.8.
Tie-down roping: 1. Clint Kindred, 7.6; T-2. Lane Jeffrey, 8.1; T-2. Timber Moore, 8.1; T-4. Cody McCartney, 8.2; T-4. Cole Robinson, 8.2.
Saddle bronc: 1. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, 86; T-2. Erik Wolford, Belle Fourche, 83; T-2. Wade Yost, Ree Heights, 83; 4. Will Smith, Marshall, Mo., 81; 5. Jesse Ball, Camp Crook, 80; 6. Ryan Elshere, Elm Springs, 78; T-8. Jeremy Means, Eagle Butte, 76; T-8. Travis Nelson, Philip, 76.
Steer wrestling: 1. Jim Hansen, Watford City, N.D., 3.3; 2. Tom Hansen, Kildeer, N.D., 3.7; Gabe Taylor, Valentine, Neb., 3.9; 4. Justin Zwiefel, Burt, Iowa, 4.0; 6. Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, 4.4.
Bareback riding: 1. Jake Smith, Whitewood, 80; T-2. Zachariah Phillips, Casper, Wyo., 79; T-2. Mac Erickson, Sundance, Wyo., 79; 4. Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., 77; T-5. John Addison, Midland, 75; T-5. Erik Wolford, Belle Fourche, 75.