Ride with Pride at Memorial Day Rodeo – The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — Gray clouds of misty rain kissed the backdrop of the prairies at the Stark County Fairgrounds on Monday, May 30 for the 42nd annual Dickinson Highschool Rodeo.

The rodeo kicked off when the sun began to rise at 7 a.m., beginning with the cutting of the girls’ and boys’ cows.

In the women’s cow cutting competition, Carlee Roshau took first place, ending her day leading the individual event standings with a total score of 92 points. She is followed by Chesney Gjermundson who took third place at the Memorial Day Rodeo and placed second in the individual event standings with 86.50 points overall.

In the boy’s cow cut, Baldwin’s Jayden Morgan placed first, earning him third place in the individual class standings. Colter Martin leads the individual event standings with 106 event points, followed by Cole Gerhardt with 99.

Gerhardt also tops the bareback standings, with 99.50 points overall. He shot 73 points on Memorial Day and drew a wild reaction from the crowd. In the individual event standings, Gerhardt is trailed by rookie Carson Hildre de Velva, who has 89 event points and placed 2nd at the Memorial Day Rodeo. Belfield senior Cayden Kling followed Hildre in third with a score of 59.

Third-placed bareback rider Cayden Kling holds on to everything he’s got at the 2022 Memorial Day High School Rodeo at Stark County Fairgrounds.

Photo by Amber I. Neate

In the roping breakaway, Killdeer rookie Aspen Dunford took first place with a time of 3.160 seconds, earning his ninth spot in the individual event standings. Dickinson’s eldest, Kiarra Reiss, leads the standings in the individual event with 47.50 points. She is followed by McLaughlin’s Maci Maher in second and Jayda Miller in third in the individual event standings.

In tie-down, Killdeer freshman Kale Hansen took first place, catching and tying his steer in 11.37 seconds. Although Killdeer senior Tyler Hansen took a No Time for the day, he is still first in the individual event standings with 64 event points. Dickinson’s Luke Mavity is second in the individual event standings with 58 all-around points. He made his catch and equalized in 12.89 seconds.

After the tie-down, 68 girls fought for their place in the top 24 in barrel racing. Hoople’s junior Megan Larson took first place in the event with a second run of 15.986, earning her fourth place in the individual event standings. Sophomore Kenzie Homelvig leads the individual event standings with 83 points in all-around. She finished her Memorial Day race with a time of 17.766 seconds. Kiarra Reiss is second in the individual event standings. She finished her day with a run of 16.297 seconds.

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Dickinson senior Kiarra Reiss rounds her second barrel, finishing her run with a time of 16.297.

Photo by Amber I Neate

“The competition went very well because it was muddy and sticky,” said Reiss. “Every horse and every competitor handled it well and everything went well.”

As the night of action continued, so did the rain. The fluffy brown dirt turned into squishy mush, adding an extra element of challenge to rodeo events. The steer wrestlers then took their place in the limelight, giving the cold, wet crowd something to cheer about. Tyler Hansen, dropped his steering to the floor in 4.02 seconds, taking 1st place on the day and securing first place in the individual event standings with 84 all-around points. Beach sophomore Kolby Sperry was right behind Hansen, placing second in the event, earning him ninth place in the individual event standings. He pinned his howling steer in 4.82 seconds. Freshman Trey Bohmbach is second in the individual event standings with a total of 75 points and a 7.45-second headpin on Memorial Day.

In saddle bronc riding, sophomore Ty Brenna of Keene was the only competitor out of six to earn a qualifying run of 64 points. The other five contestants achieved zero scores, putting Brenna at the top of the table in the individual event standings. He is followed by senior Ashton Frei of Halliday who has 49 points in total.

In the goats tie, Maci Maher again appeared on the board, this time in first place, earning her first place in the individual event standings with 80.5 points in the all-around. She is followed by Kenzie Homelvig in the individual event standings with 68 points.

Trevor Sorge and Tel Sorenson battled their way to the top of the standings in the individual event standings for team stringing with 77 event points each. They are followed by Tyler Hansen and Cayden Kling in second place, each with 51 test points. Cael Hilzendeger and Weston Lapierre placed first on the Memorial Day Rodeo team, placing them in the top 15 in the individual event standings.

In pole bending, Bismarck’s Carlee Roshau placed first for the day, weaving in and out of the poles for a perfect pattern of 21.221 seconds. She is in second place in the individual event standings. Megan Larson, who is first in the individual event standings, had a tough run, knocking down multiple poles in a time of 36.212 seconds.

The riding of bulls was the 12th and last test of the evening. Only the toughest and most committed rodeo fans stayed out in the rain and wind to watch the remaining 12 competitors shoot 8 seconds into the raw thunder. About half of the competitors ended up with a scoreless run and a face full of wet mud, but for Minot junior Brody Nelson, it was a successful 69-point run and a first-place finish. Jesse Hicks, Carson Hildre, Izaak Boekelman and Tyler Villarreal also all had 8-second rides.

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Minot junior Brody Nelson had an 8-second run and a 69-point score that earned him first place in Monday afternoon’s bull run.

Photo by Amber I. Neate

Clyde P. Johnson