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Top riders coming to town for Stampede

The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo returns today, with some of the region's top riders taking center stage at the Horseman's Sports Arena on the north edge of Mitchell.

The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo returns today, with some of the region's top riders taking center stage at the Horseman's Sports Arena on the north edge of Mitchell.

The event begins at 8 p.m. each day, through Sunday.

The stampede will feature bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There's also mutton busting for children ages 4 to 6, which will be held nightly, along with the kids candy toss.

Sutton Rodeos, of Onida, will again provide the rodeo's stock. More than 80 competitors will participate each night.

Here are 10 of the top participants to watch out for:

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• Chuck Schmidt, saddle bronc riding, Keldron: Schmidt is currently leading the Badlands Circuit in money earned ($13,342) in the saddle bronc riding. He is ranked 12th in the PRCA World Standings. He is a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. He is scheduled to compete tonight.

• Cole Elshere, all-around, Faith: Elshere leads the Badlands Circuit in the all-around standings with $7,690 earned. He is ranked 15th in the all-around PRCA World Standings. Elshere is a three-time WNFR qualifier. He is scheduled to compete in saddle bronc and bull riding on Sunday.

• Jana Griemsman, barrel racing, Piedmont: Griemsman leads the barrel racing standings in the Badlands Circuit with $5,873 earned. She recently set the Roughrider Days (Dickinson, N.D.) barrel racing record in 15.51 seconds. She is sisters with multiple-time WNFR qualifier Jill Moody. Griemsman is set to be here on Saturday.

• Jesse Bail, saddle bronc riding, Camp Crook: Bail is a 12-time WNFR qualifier (six in saddle bronc riding and six in bull riding). He will compete in Sunday night's performance in the saddle bronc riding. He is ranked ninth in the Badlands Circuit standings in the event.

• Ty Breuer, bareback riding, Mandan, N.D.: Breuer leads the Badlands Circuit in bareback riding with $9,437 earned. He recently won the event at his home rodeo in Mandan. Breuer is a WNFR qualifier (2013). Breuer, and his brother, Casey, are both scheduled to compete in the bareback riding on Friday night.

• Bart Miller, bull riding, Pleasanton, Neb.: Miller leads the standings in the Badlands Circuit with $10,168 earned. Miller will ride on Sunday night.

• Ardie Maier, bull riding, Timber Lake: Maier is second in the Badlands Circuit standings ($8,075). Maier is a two-time WNFR qualifier (2010, 2012). He will ride on Sunday night.

• J.B. Lord, team roping, Sturgis: Lord leads the team roping headers with $4,696 earned. He is also third in the all-around standings ($5,186). Lord is a multiple-time All-Around Badlands Circuit champion. He will compete on Sunday night.

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• Levi Lord, team roping, Sturgis: Lord, who is J.B.'s son, is third among team roping heelers in the Badlands Circuit. Levi has earned $4,696 this year. He will rope on Sunday with J.B. Levi's brother, Eli, will compete in the steer wrestling on Friday. Eli is 11th in the circuit standings with $3,012 earned.

• Tate Thybo, all-around, Belle Fourche: Thybo ranks second in the all-around circuit standings with $7,146. He ranks fifth in the saddle bronc ($5,501). He will compete in saddle bronc and bull riding tonight.

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