Photo by George Hipple Photography
Garrett Nokes competes in the tie-down roping Thursday. The McCook cowboy finished second in the go round. Nokes also competes in steer wrestling and team roping. He has won the rodeo in each event in previous years.
When the dust cleared after Thursday's rodeo performance and morning slack, Chancey Larson still held the leading time in the steer wrestling in North Platte.
The 36-year-old cowboy turned his second-round steer in a time of 3.6 seconds to be on the top of the leader list at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.
"I had a really good steer," he said. "I missed the barrier a little, but he was so good, he waited on me."
Larson of Manhattan, Kan., was looking to do well after having a no-time on his first steer Wednesday, and his run Thursday is an indication the tide is turning for him.
"We've been rodeoing some and haven't been doing good," he said. "I won second at Strong City (Kan.) last weekend, so hopefully I'm starting on a little roll."
Larson rodeos on weekends and works weekdays as a partner with his dad in a backhoe business. Staying focuses on work and rodeo isn't always easy.
"For those guys rodeoing non-stop, all the time, they think about rodeo all day," he said. "Me, I work, go to a rodeo, it can be tough to get in the (rodeo) groove. It's a lot mentally, to get on a roll."
And with the event of steer wrestling, the stars all have to align to win.
"In our event, there are five different animals: two horses, a steer, and two cowboys. If one is out of place, it can make you fall from first to fifth."
Larson is still young, but looks at the next generation of cowboys with a twinge of envy.
"Them (younger) boys are so athletic and so strong. Just the talent that is coming up is unreal. When I was 23 or 24, I jumped out of bed. Now I roll out of bed," he laughed.
"The steers are smaller, and the big brute strength (to steer wrestle) isn't needed as much," he said. "It still helps, but there's a lot of talent coming up."
Larson travels with Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., and Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., and all four men are riding Larson's horse and sharing expenses.
"It's so darn expensive to rodeo," he said. "With $400 in fuel and $221 fees, if I traveled by myself, this would be a thousand-dollar week."
Dakota cowboys dominated the night's roughstock events. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., took the lead in the bareback riding with an 85 point ride. Jesse Bail of Camp Crook, S.D., was the high score in the saddle bronc riding with 83 points, and bull rider Corey Maier of Timber Lake, S.D., was 80 points.
Team ropers Colby Siddoway of Hooper, Utah, and Shay Carroll of La Junta, Colo., were 5.5 seconds for the night's fastest time.
Tie-down roper Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. was 8.7 seconds for fast time.
In this morning's slack, Kelly Kennedy-Joseph of Berthoud, Colo, was 17.96 seconds for today's leading barrel racing time.
Thursday was Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the rodeo. Donations were accepted for the Callahan Cancer Center at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center, and cancer survivors were recognized.
Night number three of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo takes place Friday at the Wild West Arena in North Platte.
Tickets are available online at www.NebraskaLandDays.com, at the NLD office or at the gate.
Results, 2nd Performance and slack, June 13, 2013 North Platte, Nebraska - Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 85 points on 205 Crossfire; 2 tie Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D. 77 and Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 77; 4 tie Jet Price, Buffalo, S.D. 70 and Logan Glendy, Oconto, Neb. 70
Steer Wrestling - 2nd go round
1 Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan. 3.6; 2 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 3.8; 3 Chance Campbell, Alpine, Texas 3.9; 4 tie Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, S.D.
4.0 and Dillon Simonson, Purdum, Neb. 4.0 and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 4.0
1 Colby Siddoway, Hooper, Utah/Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.5 seconds; 2 J.B. Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D. 6.7; 3 Ken McKibbin, Berthoud, Colo./Lance Allen, Orchard, Colo. 7.3; 4 Trice Watts, Eads, Colo./T.W. Wilson, Limon, Colo. 16.6
Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 83 points on 7 Dirty Joke; 2 Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D. 80; 3 Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, N.D. 78; 4 Will Shaffer, Hyannis, Neb. 68
Tie Down Roping - 2nd go round
1 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 8.7; 2 Garrett Nokes, McCook, Neb. 8.9; 3 Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas 9.5; 4 tie Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich. 9.6 and Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D. 9.6
1 Kelly Kennedy-Joseph, Berthoud, Colo. 17.96; 2 Mandy Rollman, Torrington, Wyo. 18.01; 3 Delores Toole, Manter, Kan. 18.04; 4 Jessi Mead, Elbert, Colo. 18.09
1 Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D. 80 points on 809 Trigger Man; 2 Casey Stirling, New Underwood, S.D. 76; 3 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 75; no other qualified rides
(All results are unofficial.)