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Ferley finishes year atop saddle bronc standings

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota cowboy Chad Ferley finished atop the PRCA World Standings in saddle bronc after competing in the National Finals Rodeo last week.

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The 10-round rodeo concluded Saturday. Ferley, of Oelrichs, placed in six rounds to shoot him to the top of the world standings in the event, bringing in $204,432.24 for the year.

At the NFR, Ferley finished third in the average with an average score of 80.56. His best finishes of the event were in the second round when he took first and the seventh round when he took second.

Cole Elshere, of Faith, also participated in the saddle bronc in Las Vegas, finishing 14th in the average and 11th in the world standings. Elshere placed in two rounds and finished the year with $94,820.70 in total earnings.

South Dakota’s lone cowgirl competing in the NFR was Lisa Lockhart, of Oelrichs. In barrel racing, she took third in the average and world standings.

Lockhart recorded three first-place finishes in rounds five, nine and 10, and had an average time of 14.37 seconds. Her best ride was in the ninth round with a time of 13.65.