HURON — Two nights of top-notch rodeo are on tap for the Third Annual Huron Roundup SDRA Rodeo, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Heartland 4-H Rodeo Arena on the east edge of Huron.
Participants from 11 states have registered to compete in this year’s event according to Kirk Ford, who has been the rodeo director for the past three years.
“Contestant numbers for the rodeo are about the same as last year,” he said.
The rodeo will consist of 11 events — bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, senior men’s breakaway roping, ladies’ barrel racing, ladies’ breakaway roping, mixed team roping and goat tying.
As has been the case the past two years, stock for the event will be supplied by some of the region’s top contractors. The bucking stock will come from Lance Lesmester and Allen Weischeidel of South Dakota, while the timed event cattle will be from Howard and JD Bubel out of North Dakota.
The rodeo will be sanctioned by the South Dakota Rodeo Association, Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association, Minnesota Rodeo Association and Mid-States Rodeo Association. The top contestants from each of those associations will more than likely be on hand for the event, which is held simultaneously along with the Corn Palace Stampede in Mitchell.
Several area cowboys and cowgirls are currently ranked near the top in the SDRA standings.
Hallie Fulton of Miller is currently second in the women’s all-around standings, trailing Syerra Chrtensen of Kennebec by less than$400 in earnings for the top spot. She is ranked third in goat tying.
Annie Fulton of Miller is No. 18 in the women’s all-around. She is ranked 11th in goat tying and holds the No. 20 spot in barrel racing.
Tarin Hupp of Huron, who has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo the past two seasons, is currently 13th in the goat tying standings.
Mark Schumacher of Wolsey is second in the senior men’s breakaway standings, while Lennis Fagerhaug of Wessington Springs is No. 13. Ford and Mark Fulton of Miller are ranked 15th and 16th, respectively.
Kyle Hapney of Harrold is second in the bull riding, while Andrew Coughlin of De Smet is fourth. Hapney is also second in saddle bronc and fifth in the all-around.
Courtney Birkholtz of Willow Lake is sixth in the barrel racing standings, while Tera Moody of Letcher is seventh and Makayla Kroeplin of Highmore is ninth.
Doni Zeller of Forestburg is seventh in team penning, while Travis Cowan of Highmore is 10th in the team roping (header) and Doug Kroeplin of Highmore is 18th in team roping (heeler).
Dillon Manderfeld of St. Lawrence is sixth in the bareback standings Lee Sivertsen of Ree Heights is 14th in calf roping, while Ty Clarke of Wessington is No. 16.
April Zilverberg of Holabird is fourth in mixed team roping.
Several other events are slated during the rodeo, according to Ford.
“This year we will be having a professional clown act, Chris Aman. He will have specialty acts during the rodeo and will be interacting with the audience,” he said. “We are also having a kid’s activity this year with prizes awarded and as usual, there will be giveaways for the spectators.
The rodeo performances are slated for 7 p.m. On both Friday and Saturday. For the complete article see the 07-17-2014 issue.
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