RAPID CITY — The Lilley Performance Horses team of Josh Lilley, Kolby Boos, Ty Swiler, and Trey Langvarte emerged as the champions of the Rodeo Rapid City Ranch Rodeo, held Monday at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
Four-person teams compete in events that mirror everyday life on a ranch. Team sorting, bronc riding, wild cow milking, and the trailer relay comprised the events in the finals.
Twenty-five teams started Monday morning, with the top 12 advancing to the finals. Teams received six points for winning an event, five points for second place, and so on, down to one point for sixth place.
Lilley Performance Horses collected 17 points for the top spot. Circle B Livestock placed second with 13 points, with Kelley Trucking third at 12 points and Ollerich Cattle County fourth at 11 points.
Josh Lilley said it means a lot for the team members to be able to compete in an event like this.
“It’s what we do at home for work, most of the time,” he said. “It’s (Monday) a time to come and do it for fun.”
Team members did not do anything special to prepare for Monday, Lilley said. He added they do not always compete together but have done so for the last couple of years. This team also earned top honors in 2019.
Lilley said the trailer relay poses the biggest challenge for the team. He added the members enjoy the roping events the most.
“We enjoy doing this, and we like showing it to other people,” said Lilley, whose horse also received the Top Horse Award.
This team competes in 30 to 40 ranch rodeos every year. “It’s fun, and we’re successful,” Lilley said when asked why the team undergoes that schedule.
Ranchers of the North West team member Jet Price received the Top Hand award.
Top-four finishers in each event follow.
1 Hahn Construction 36.01 seconds
2 Kelley Trucking 46.39
3 Lilley Performance Horses 46.42
4 Broken Arrow Livestock/Cross H 52.66
1 Ranchers of the North West 85 points
2 Ollerich Cattle Company 84
3 Lilley Performance Horses 82
4 Circle B Livestock 81
Wild cow milking
1 Kelley Trucking 29.10 seconds
2 Circle B Livestock 31.01
3 Ollerich Cattle Company 33.04
4 Lilley Performance Horses 33.23
1 Lilley Performance Horses 65.59 seconds
2 Circle B Livestock 69.70
3 Pioneer Bank & Trust of Belle Fourche 72.96
4 Vitalix 73.19
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