NFR sendoff party honors local rodeo tradition Saturday

The Black Hills Roundup hosted its annual NFR sendoff party Saturday at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch south of Belle Fourche where Shorty Garret, center, was honored by Roundup committee members. Courtesy photo

BELLE FOURCHE — The Black Hills Roundup Committee sent the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) competitors off in style Saturday night at the NFR sendoff party held at the Besler’s Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche. 

The celebration of the local rodeo tradition and the area’s top competitors acknowledges the local riders who qualified for the NFR to be held Dec. 5-14 in Las Vegas, Nev. 

The opened with a social hour followed by a live auction, and live music.

Keith Anderson, Black Hills Roundup chairman, said the sendoff party is nice way to send the competitors off to Las Vegas and wish them luck.

“It’s just kind of a good place to wish the area contestants good luck,” he said. 

Three South Dakotans are slated to compete in this year’s NFR: J.J. Elshere, a saddle bronc rider from Hereford, Jessica Routier, a barrel racer from Buffalo, and barrel racer Lisa Lockhart from of Oelrichs.

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