Two-Day Rodeo Showcases Talent
By: J. Levi Burnfin, Courier Sports
Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
For two days, fans saw some of the best talent in the nation on both sides, the cowboys and the animals, compete at the Northeast Montana Rodeo in Glasgow on Aug. 5-6.
It seemed to be the best crop of cowboys and animals that the rodeo has seen in recent years as there were several cowboys that were nationally ranked competing in events. And the stock, provided by Brookman-Hyland Rodeo, more than lived up to their talented counterparts.
In the bareback riding event, Jessy Davis of Power, Mont. took first with a ride of 82 points on Hard Luck. Opheim's Chase Redfield was able to take second with on a 62-point ride on Pioneer. Chase Erickson took third with 65, Ben Wrzesinski placed fourth with 63, Craig Wisehart grabbed fifth with a 62 and Troy Vaira was sixth with a 57.
In the steer wrestling event, Luke Gee was able to grab the top overall spot in the with a time of 8.2 seconds on two heads. Dakota Eldridge took second and Rian Conway placed third. Luke Gee had the best time in the first round with a time of 4.1 and Ross Mosher scored the best time in the second round with 3.9 seconds.
Glasgow's Jake Newton also competed in steer wrestling but was unable to place.
Shawn Bird and Charlie Lenning took the top spot in team roping with a two-head time of 11.5. Jason Carson and Tyler Magnus grabbed second at 12.9 and Will Ferguson and Justin Hammerich were third with a time of 13.8.
Newton and partner Colt Gorrell tied for fourth in the first round of team roping with a time of 6.5.
Saddle bronc riding showcased some of the impressive bucking broncs that were on display at the rodeo.
Tyrell Smith of Great Falls placed first in the event with a ride of 77 points on Cool Whip. J.C. DeSaveur, only one point behind Smith, took second and Jade Blackwell and Clay Gruel tied for third with a ride of 74.
Hinsdale's Jess Korman competed in the event but did not record a qualifying ride.
In the tie-down roping event, Rhen Richard took the title with a time of 19.1 seconds on two heads. Travis Caldwell took second and Paul David Tierney took third.
Richard was also named all-around cowboy after also placing sixth with partner Jake Cooper in team roping.
Carrie Murnion of Buffalo, S.D. took home the barrel racing title with a time of 17.41. Lisa Lockhart and Lindsay Kruse placed second and third respectively.
In bull riding, the premier event of the night, Jake Kearns of Melrose, Mont. and A.J. Crasco of Malta tied for first with scores of 73. Kearns rode Rattle and Hum and Crasco rode Afterblast.
Rance Maddocks of Hecla, S.D. recorded the only other qualified ride with a 72 as the bulls knocked off all other cowboys.
Jody Carper served as the announcer and had a good rapport with PRCA Barrel Man/Clown Dennis Halstead. The duo kept the crowd engaged with several jokes at each other's expense and funny anecdotes.
Wade Barry and Bruce Keller served as the judges. Ruby Nygaard and Heather Anderson were the timers.
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