Billings, MT–True working ranch cowboys and girls left the ranch for a day to compete for glorious bragging rights at the NILE Ranch Rodeo Finals Wednesday night at the Rim Rock Auto Arena.
The events for a ranch rodeo are unlike those of a professional rodeo. There's still roping and riding but there's also loading a trailer, cutting cattle out of a herd and other tasks to minic that work that's done in the pasture. Events included the Ranch Bronc Riding, Team Trailering, Team Doctoring, and Wild Cow Milking!
Champions from the Sanctioned Rodeos earned their spot at the NILE and Champion Team will advance to the Ranch Rodeo World Finals in Amarillo, TX.
Results from the NILE Ranch Rodeo include:
First Place: Hooks Ranch of Thermopolis, WY
Members include: Sky Grant, Chris Hatch, Tyler Sherman, Christen Grant, Hannah Woehlecke
Second Place: Bootheel 7 of Lusk, WY
Members include: Andrew Wasserburger, Eric Wasserburger, Lance Hladky, Brett Hageman, Nolan Brott
Bootheel 7 will advance to Amarillo, because the First Place Team is not WRCA approved.
Third Place: Neshum/Rodeske of Dulax, ND & Cartwright, ND
Members include: Jason McNally, Robert Sperry, Clint Neshum, Jim Rodeske, Craig McKinsey
Fourth Place: Harrington/Kortum of Fallon, MT & Terry, MT
Members include: Dan Harrington, Tim Kortum, Zane Dempewolf, Blaine Humble, Pat O'Neill
Fifth Place: Nelson of Glasgow, MT
Members include: Don Nelson, Sheila Nelson, Ron Potter, Jake Kirkland, Walter Ozark
Sixth Place: Salveson of Malta, MT
Members include: Ken Salveson, Curt Bruckner, Jim Robinson, Ted Brown
Seventh Place: Abel/Fink of Custer, MT & Hysham, MT
Members include: Toby Abel, Chad Fink, Jay Blakenship, Tanner Burgess
Eighth Place: Cross H of Lusk, WY
Members include: Ben Hanson, Dan Henry Hanson, JV Beldon, Chancy Windsor, Barry Travicek
Ninth Place: Reid of Firth, ID
Members include: Jes Reid, Justin Palmer, Kip Hunter, Aaron Capson, Kolton Merrill
Tenth Place: Circle B of Big Horn, MT
Members include: Brent Morrison, Chris Davis, Clayton Galloway, Star Whitt, Mattlock Morrison
Eleventh Place: Dryhead of Dryhead, MT
Members include: Jake Hahn, Jess Hahn, Pete Olsen, Josh Bilbrey, Dakota Gaustad
Hard Luck Team: Maxwell Butte of Powderville, MT
Members include: Lane Krutzfeldt, Jake Goddard, John Henry Beardsley, Alee Haughian, Richard Rath
Top Horse: Papparazzi #11 ridden by Tyler Sherman of Hooks Ranch
Top Hand: Jim Robinson from Salveson Ranch
Congratulations to these winners and a special thanks to MT Cowboy Hall of Fame, Corriente Saddle, MT Silversmiths, AQHA, WRCA, and Wild Rags by Lois for your donations for prizes for this event!