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Rodeo No. 2: Gering champ Dean Gorsuch gets a winTell North Platte what you think
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Bull fighter Quirt Hunt dodges a bull.
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Tucker White, left, and Travis Warren of Mullen placed 3rd for Thursday night with a time of 7.5 seconds.
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Craig Wisehart of Kersey, Colo. on a high flying bareback.

A home-state cowboy did well at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo today.

Competing in the morning slack, two-time world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch turned in a time of 3.3 seconds to win the first go-round.

The Gering cowboy drew a good steer and took advantage of it.

“I knew he was supposed to be good. I got a great start, and he was good,” he said.

North Platte is Gorsuch’s first rodeo after suffering a torn elbow ligament. The injury happened during practice, and Gorsuch hasn’t competed since last month at the Challenge of Champions in Spanish Forks, Utah.

The elbow “feels good to bulldog,” he said, “but it hurts to do normal things.” He plans to have Tommy John surgery after the rodeo season ends, and after competing at the National Finals Rodeo, he hopes.

“I gotta make it there first, but we keep trying,” he said.

He’s currently ranked eighth in the world.

Gorsuch competed on his second go-round steer during slack but didn’t fare  as well. “My second one, I should have done a lot better. I was going to make another fast run, and I should have just slowed down.” His time was 11.1 seconds, too slow to place in the second go-round and in the average.

Gorsuch and his traveling partners, Rhett Kennedy (currently leading the second go-round with a time of 3.5 seconds), Gary Gilbert, Josh Peek, and Aaron Vosler will leave for a rodeo in Pleasant Grove, Utah on Friday. They will make their way on to Reno, Nev., Greeley, Colo., and then Cowboy Christmas, the Fourth of July run, the busiest part of the pro rodeo season.

Sometimes his sons Taydon (9), Trell (5) and Teagan (14 months) travel with him, but not on this trip. They’ll stay home with mom Bekah, play baseball, and wait for dad to come home.

North Platte is a special rodeo for him -- as close to a hometown rodeo as he can get.

“I feel like this is my hometown rodeo. You get to see family and friends, and I love it. My grandpa ranched north of Mullen and neighbored with (fellow NFR qualifier and bareback rider) Steven Dent. I love this rodeo.”

Other leaders from the Thursday night performance:

• Bareback rider Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., (78 points).

• Steer wrestler Denard Butler, Warner, Okla. (4.5 seconds).

• Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. (9.2).

• Team ropers Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas and Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla. (5.1).

Barrel racers Cindy Gillespie, Ransom, Kan., and Amy Prather of Goddard, Kan., both with times of 17.66 seconds.

In saddle bronc riding and bull riding, the horses and bulls won. There were no qualified rides in either event.

Thursday night was “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night at the rodeo, and three cancer survivors: Kandi Franklin of Brule, Amberlee Martin of Stapleton, and Terry Martin of North Platte were honored.

All three women went through the Callahan Cancer Center at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

Night No. 3 of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo is Friday, June 20 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, Buffalo Bill Rodeo
2nd Performance and slack, June 19, 2014
(All results are unofficial)


Bareback riding

1 tie Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont. 78 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo Co.’s Roger Rabbit and Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D. 78 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo Co.’s 423; 3. Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 76; 4. Craig Wisehart, Kersey, Colo. 74

Steer wrestling

1st go-round (completed after slack)

1 Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb. 3.3; 2. Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, S.D. 3.9; 3. tie Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla. and Chad Van Campen, Granada, Colo. 4.1; 5. Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 4.2; 6. tie Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D. and Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb. 4.3; 8. Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 4.4

2nd go-round

1. Denard Butler, Warner, Okla. 4.5 seconds; 2. Cole McNamee, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 4.6; 3. Benjamin Robinson, Colby, Kan. 5.2; 4. Dan Cathcart, Carpenter, Wyo. 5.6

Tie-down roping – 2nd go-round

1. Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 9.2; 2. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 9.4; 3. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas 9.7; 4. Jess Woodward, Dupree, S.D. 12.7

Saddle bronc riding

No qualified rides.

Team Roping

1st go round (completed after performance)

1. Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas/Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla. 5.1 seconds; 2. Ty Blasingame, Sugar City, Colo./JW Borrego, Weston, Colo. 5.4; 3. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 5.5; 4. Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas/McCoy Profili, Anderson, Texas 6.3

Barrel racing

1. tie Cindy Gillespie, Ransom, Kan. 17.66 and Amy Prather, Goddard, Kan. 17.66; 3. Emily Holton, Tonganoxie, Kan. 17.80; 4. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D. 17.96

Bull riding

No qualified rides.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/20/2014
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