LINCOLN, Neb. — Hereford’s Talon Elshere brought home second place and reserve world champion honors in the saddle bronc riding from the National High School Finals Rodeo, which concluded Saturday.
Elshere was in fourth place after his first two performances in Lincoln after rides of 74 and 76.5, but had the third-best ride in the short go with a score 75 to assure himself of reserve world champion honors. T.W. Flowers, of Old Glory, Texas, was the champion in the saddle bronc with a score of 227, 1.5 points ahead of Elshere’s score of 225.5. Elshere, who hails from northeast of Rapid City in Meade County, also won his first saddle bronc riding performance in his opening round, as well.
Grey Gilbert, of Buffalo, finished fourth in the average for the steer wrestling discipline. Gilbert posted an aggregate time of 17.27 seconds, just behind winner Traden Anderson, of Hanna, Oklahoma, who won with a time of 15.16 seconds. Denton Good, of Long Valley, finished 18th in the scoring average.
Colome’s Linkyn Petersek was eighth overall in tie-down roping, powered by a fifth-place finish in the short-go on Saturday, posting a time of 9.68 seconds. Also taking eighth-place overall was the team roping pair of Tegan Fite, of Hermosa, and Rio Nutter, of Rapid City, with an aggregate time of 28.25 seconds, and a fifth-place time in the short-go of 5.72 seconds.
In bareback riding, Devon Moore, of Clear Lake, and Kashton Ford, of Sturgis, each brought home top-20 finishes in the average, with Moore scoring 149 for 18th place and Ford scoring 146 for 19th place. Ford was first in the bareback riding competition before Saturday’s short-go finals.
South Dakota’s other short-go qualifier was Sophie Meyer, of Rapid City, who finished 23rd in girls cutting.
In the light rifle shooting, Jenna Kruger, of Pierre, took third place overall. Kruger had an aggregate score of 662, just behind Utah’s Beau Emett, who won with 675, and Wyoming’s Colter Nunn, who was second with 663.
In the pageant, Tashina Red Hawk, of Rosebud, finished in sixth place in the queen competition.
As a team, South Dakota was 10th in the overall combined standings with 3,992.5 points, with the state’s boys team finishing seventh (3,207.50) and the girls in 22nd (785). The rodeo, which included more than 1,600 participants, was contested from July 18-24 at the Lancester Event Center in Lincoln, Neb.