by Anne Cassens
Edgemont’s biggest rodeo of the year was Saturday, in conjunction with the Fall River County Fair.
The event includes a Western States Ranch Rodeo Association sanctioned Ranch Rodeo, Open Events and Youth Events.
In the Ranch Rodeo, seven teams were entered. They were Tubbs Land and Cattle (Edgemont), Jones Ranch, Pawnee Springs Ranch (Maxwell, Neb.), Wachob—TC Outfit (Sturgis area), JP Ranch (Edgemont), A Couple Dirty Horses (Hot Springs area), and Cattle Country Video (Fall River County/Lusk Wyo.)
These teams competed in three timed events: Stray gathering (team tie-down), Wild Cow Milking and Branding. There are team buckles for each event and the overall winner goes on to compete at the WSRRA Ranch Rodeo Finals in Winnemucca, Nev., in the fall.
Unofficial results showed Wachob winning the Stray Gathering, A Couple Dirty Horses winning the Branding, and Pawnee Springs also winning the Wild Cow Milking. However, Cattle Country Video was the overall winner with a total time of right at four minutes.
The other part of the Ranch Rodeo was Bronc Riding, which is not a part of the team competition in the WSRRA. The winner in this event does not automatically qualify for Nationals, but collects points toward qualification.
There were sixteen cowboys competing, with the top six coming back for the Short Go. Five of the riders are in the top 50 of the national standings with Miles Binger at #2 in the nation, Cole Estill at #10, Jim GeBauer at #17, Wesley Rosengreen at #25 and Chris Laucomer at #50.
Rosengreen won the Edgemont event with a total score of 158 on two rides, with both GeBauer and Laucomer close behind with total scores of 155 and 154.
In fourth place in the Edgemont competition was Blaine Humble (148 on two rides). Chris Laucomer was the closest “hometown” cowboy...he lives down in the Harrison Neb., area.
Open events included Barrels, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, and Calf Roping.
Skye Martin won the barrels with a time of 17.25 seconds, while Blue Borton of Edgemont came in just 0.02 seconds later for second place.
In Breakaway Roping, Edgemont’s Diana Grill scored 5 flat to win that event. Jordan and Amy Tierney, also of Fall River County, scored 13.12 and 13.25 as both had penalties.
For team roping, 33 teams competed in the preliminaries (which ran at 1 p.m.) with eight teams coming back for the finals.
The fastest team in the preliminaries was Mike Slater and Jesse Durey with a 7.94 seconds in the prelims but their luck ran out and they got a no time in the finals.
First place in the finals were Dan Vetter and Jerry Gruwell with a 6.19 second score. The local cowboys team of Matt Peters and Paul Tierney were consistent, placing second in the preliminaries and second in the finals with a score of 7.10 in the finals. Third place in the finals went to another local team, Cory Borton and Jess Harris, who scored 16 flat with a 10 second penalty. Other finalist teams were Chris Wilkens and Dan Lindsey; Tom Lambert and Chris Wilkens, Shawn Edgar and Paul Tierney; and Shawn White and Gene Roberts.
In Calf Roping, EHS graduate Matt Peters won with a 8.01 seconds time, followed closely by Rusty Martin with 8.57 seconds; Lathen Stevens was third with a time of 12.16.
Youth events included Youth Steer Riding, Youth Sorting, Goat Milking, Calf Riding, and the Calf Scramble.
Seven brave young men competed in Steer Riding but only one made the eight second bell, Jestyn Woodward, who earned a score of 68 for his ride. This young man also joined the Woodward Team for Youth Sorting, scoring 2:03 minutes to win that event. Also on the team were Jaret Woodward and Elle Hollenbeck.
The other youth sorting team was Tubbs Land and Cattle, with Avery VanEaton, Logan VanEaton, and Tres Schaack scoring a respectable 2:37 minutes for sorting off three head.
There were three youth teams in the Goat Milking timed event. White Ranch (Owen White, Avery White, and Broady Roberts) got the job done in 26.94 seconds to win. Second place went to the Hollenbeck Ranch (Hadley and Makenzie Hollenbeck assisted by cousin Mary Melhlaff) with a time of 31 seconds flat. In third place was the Milkin Money Team (Clancy Koupal, Kyle Sanders, and Brock Schroeder) with a time of 1:40:00.
There were just two boys in the calf riding: Kaden Halls managed to stay on 3.81 seconds, while Cooper Reutter got a time of 3.5 seconds. Another close competition!
There were about a zillion little “Eight and Unders” in the calf scramble with four lucky winners.