Photo by George Hipple Photography
Dan Barner of Hershey, steer wrestling.
Photo by George Hipple Photography
Preston Kafka of Wagner, S.D. takes a wild ride.
Competition at the 2014 Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte began Wednesday, with slack in the morning and the first performance Wednesday evening.
It was the first time in North Platte for tie-down roper Cade Swor, and he made the trip count. The Chico, Texas cowboy roped his calf in a time of 9.2 seconds to win the first go-round and a check for $1,043.
It’s been an expensive trip for the 31-year-old cowboy. On the way to North Platte, the lift pump went out in his diesel truck. The part’s been ordered, and the mechanic has promised to get Swor and his traveling partners on the road after they rope their second go-round calf Thursday night.
They’re in a hurry to get to the next rodeo in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
“As soon as we throw our hands up on the second one, we’ll be hustling to the truck and on the road,” he said.
Swor, who has qualified three times for pro rodeo’s world championship, the National Finals, rides a 12-year-old horse named Floyd Money. He went into partnership with his dad to buy the horse last year, and it’s been a good investment.
“He gives me a chance to win every time,” he said.
The horse has his quirks when he’s not in the arena, though.
“He’s no fun to warm up or ride to the arena,” Swor said. “He’s aggravating. But when he backs into the corner (in the roping box), he’s all business. He takes care of business, so I can’t get mad at him.”
Swor enjoys the Buffalo Bill Rodeo because it’s a “two-head” for the tie-down roping, meaning contestants compete twice, and are also paid for the average, the fastest time on two runs. “Two-headers are nice,” Swor said. “You have a chance to win three checks if you place in both rounds, and you can get out of here with a lot more money than most one-headers.”
After the morning and evening competition, other leaders are:
• Bareback riders Orin Larsen, Goodwell, Okla. and Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., 81 points each.
• Steer wrestler Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, S.D., saddle bronc rider Bryce Miller, Nelson, Neb., 81.
• Team ropers Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas and Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla., 5.1.
• Barrel racer Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa, 17.68.
• Bull rider Jarrod Craig, Hillsboro, Texas, 79.
The 2015 Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned, with the tiara going to Joni Qualm.
Qualm, a resident of Ericson, is a student at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. She graduated last month with her registered nursing degree.
She is the 22-year-old daughter of Joel and Jane Qualm.
The second of four nights of rodeo starts at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show awareness of breast cancer, and proceeds will be donated to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte.
Tickets are $13 for adult general admission and upper grandstand and $7 for kids.
Reserved seating in the lower grandstand is $20 per ticket.
1st Performance and slack, June 18
Buffalo Bill Rodeo
(All results are unofficial.)
1 tie Orin Larsen, Goodwell, Okla. 81 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Black Kat and Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo. 81; 3. Ethan Crouch, Smiley, Texas 75. 4. George Gillespie, IV, Placerville, Calif. 73
1. Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, S.D. 3.9 seconds; 2. Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla. 4.1; 3. Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla 4.2.; 4 tie Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D. 4.3 and Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb. 4.3
1. Cade Swor, Chico, Texas 9.2 seconds; 2. Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 9.8; 3. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas 10.1; 4. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla. 10.2;
Saddle bronc riding
1. Bryce Miller, Nelson, Neb. 81 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Dipsy Doodle; 2. Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D. 80; 3 tie Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 79 and Colton Miller, Lance Creek Wyo. 79.
1. Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas/Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla. 5.1; 2. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./TJ Watts, Eads, Colo. 5.5; 3. Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas/McCoy Profili, Anderson, Texas 6.3; 4. Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D./Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb. 6.5.
1. Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa 17.68 seconds; 2. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas 17.81; 3. Cheyenne Shipps, Dadeville, Mo. 17.85; 4. Kaylee Gallino, Wasta, S.D. 17.95
1. Jarrod Craig, Hillsboro, Texas 79 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo Co.’s #956; 2. Jake Booco, Hayden, Colo. 73; 3. Bart Miller, Oshkosh, Neb. 69; 4. Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo. 68