BELLE FOURCHE — Ranch rodeo competition took a muddy and soggy center stage Tuesday evening as the 100th Black Hills Roundup officially began at the Black Hills Roundup grounds in Belle Fourche.
Twelve teams, with four members each, competed against the clock and each other for top honors. The events of branding, sorting, wild cow milking, stray gathering, and bronc riding mirror everyday life on a ranch.
Kudlock Ranch earned the team title. Members were Brandon Kudlock, J.D. Wendt, Casey Kissack, and Jacob Lewis.
The Slim Butte Boys (Jay Olson, Tanner Hewitt, Ty Thybo, Ty Hotchkiss) claimed runner-up honors. Spur Creek placed third; members were Jessy Carlson, Ty Ollrich, Joe Smeenk, and Ty Fenster.
Mac Tooke of Alkali Inc. received the Top Hand award. Lewis received the Top Horse award.
1 St. Onge Livestock 50 seconds
2 Slim Butte Boys 1 minute 2 seconds
3 Kudlock Ranch 1:03
4 TC Outfit 1:19
5 Philip Browsers 1:22
Wild Cow Milking
1 Alkali Inc.
1 Alkali Inc. 1 minute 9 seconds
2 Stirrup Ranch 1:17
3 (tie) St. Onge Livestock 1:21
3 (tie) Kudlock Ranch 1:21
5 Runaway Cattle Company 1:27
1 Slim Butte Boys 1 minute 29 seconds
2 Bismarck Ranch 1:33
3 Kudlock Ranch 1:38
4 Runaway Cattle Company 1:46
5 Spur Creek 1:48
1 Kudlock Ranch (Jacob Lewis) 88 points: Lewis won a coin flip to claim the top spot
2 Ward Ranch (Garrett Ward) 88
3 Nixon Ranch (Kenyon Bearup) 86
4 Philip Browsers (Clint Nelson) 77
5 Slim Butte Boys (Ty Thybo) 76
Mutton bustin’ started the festivities.
Belle Fourche’s Jace Olson scored 81 points for the boys’ title. Hazen Meeks of Scenic finished second at 79 points.
The girls’ title went to Belle Fourche’s Adriana Bishop, who scored 60 points. Presley Conry of Belle Fourche was second at 58 points.
A rainstorm with thunder and lightning moved into the area but did not delay the events.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at intermission officially opened the new metal grandstands. Belle Fourche Mayor Gloria Landphere and South Dakota Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden spoke.
Rodeo action continued today with steer roping at 10 a.m. The first PRCA performance is scheduled for 7 p.m., with a fireworks display at about 10 p.m.
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