Ty Breuer doubles up at Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo


MINOT, N.D. – Circuit success is not foreign to bareback rider Ty Breuer.

The Mandan, N.D., cowboy won the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo average in 2014 and the year-end title in 2015.

Breuer, however, made personal history Oct. 9 by winning both the average and year-end crowns at the RBCFR.

Breuer was able to celebrate the double-dip when he won the average with 334 points on four head at the State Fair Center.

“I never won the average and the year-end in the same year, so this is really cool,” said Breuer, 26. “I feel really fortunate that I was able to draw good this weekend and that really helped.”

Breuer clinched the average win with his 85-point ride on Bailey Pro Rodeo's Fargo in the fourth round. That ride helped him defeat Blake Smith by 6.5 points for the top average honor.

“That was a really nice horse that went straight across the pen,” Breuer said. “The ride felt good. I wasn’t really thinking about what I had to score to win the average. I knew I just had to go and do my job and that’s what I was able to do.”

Breuer was dominant at the RBCFR as he won the first round with an 84-point ride on Sutton Rodeos' Yankee Rose and then he added a third round win with an 85-point ride on Korkow Rodeos' Bad Onion. His fourth round ride tied for the victory with Shane O’Connell.

Breuer left Minot after earning $8,868 - $3,461 coming from the average.

With his performance at the RBCFR, Breuer punched his ticket to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 6-9, in Kissimmee, Fla. All money won at the 12 circuit finals rodeos, All American ProRodeo Finals and the RNCFR – per new PRCA bylaws – count toward the 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

“It has been a real blessing that it has all worked out this year,” Breuer said. “This performance at the (Badlands) Finals will give me a headstart for 2017 and give me another chance for money at Kissimmee. There’s a lot of money at Kissimmee and I really had fun there last year.”

With the RBCFR in the rear-view mirror, Erickson’s next focus is competing in the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER Dec. 1-10 in Las Vegas. Erickson made his lone appearance in the Wrangler NFR in 2013, finishing 14th in the world standings.

Breuer enters the upcoming WNFR 12th in the standings with $71,118.

“I’m going to go to a couple of rodeos before the NFR to get ready for the NFR,” Erickson said. “I have a lot of confidence right now.”

Other winners at the $207,656 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tate Thybo, ($6,489, saddle bronc riding and bull riding), steer wrestler Taz Olson (19.4 seconds on four head), team ropers Logan Olson/Jordan Olson (22.3 seconds on four head), saddle bronc rider Ty Manke (314 points on four head), tie-down roper Tyler Thiel (38.1 seconds on four head), barrel racer Jana Griemsman (55.86 seconds on four runs), and bull rider Tate Thybo (211 points on three head).

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All-around cowboy: Landon McClaugherty, $609, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Will Martin, 79 points on Frontier Rodeo's Prime Time, $1,098; 2. Bill Tutor, 78.5, $832; 3. Blade Elliott, 67, $599; 4. Shea Hardwick, 52, $399; no other qualified rides. 


Steer wrestling: 1. John Franzen, 3.8 seconds, $1,758; 2. J.D. Struxness, 4.0, $1,455; 3. Jacob Edler, 4.1, $1,152; 4. Jule Hazen, 4.3, $849; 5. (tie) Shane Frey, Cody Doescher and Kyle Eike, 4.4, $283 each. 


Team roping: 1. (tie) Hunter Munsell/Buddy Hawkins II and Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.3 seconds, $1,152 each; 3. (tie) Jesse Stipes/Casey Stipes, Landon McClaugherty/Joel Galvan Jr and Destry Graham/Justin Fox, 5.5, $609 each; 6. Cale Markham/Nick Simmons, 5.6, $217. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyrel Larsen, 84 points on Frontier Rodeo's Dakota Girl, $1,470; 2. (tie) Hardy Braden and Joe Lufkin, 81.5, $958 each; 4. Dylan Henson, 80, $535; 5. Jace Lane, 76.5, $312; 6. Justin Hagland, 75, $223. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 9.1 seconds, $1,779; 2. Bryson Sechrist, 10.0, $1,472; 3. Legend Mills, 10.4, $1,165; 4. Thomas Merritt, 11.3, $859; 5. Clay McCuistion, 12.0, $552; 6. (tie) Kiel Rowan and Jerome Schneeberger, 12.4, $153 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Tracy Nowlin, 15.04 seconds, $1,946; 2. Tiany Schuster, 15.13, $1,668; 3. Lacinda Rose, 15.14, $1,390; 4. Carmel Wright, 15.19, $1,205; 5. (tie) Jordan Moore and Carol Waters, 15.22, $834 each; 7. Kynder Starr, 15.25, $556; 8. (tie) Sidney Forrest and Michelle Lummus, 15.27, $324 each; 10. Megan Mariluch, 15.28, $185. 


Bull riding: 1. Clayton Foltyn, 86 points on Frontier Rodeo's Band Wagon, $2,637; 2. Laramie Mosley, 81, $2,045; 3. Colten Jesse, 78.5, $1,537; 4. Kyle Zeigler, 77, $1,029; 5. Mickey Andrews, 75.5, $691; 6. Josh Frost, 70, $522; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $52,328. Stock contractor: Frontier Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Shelley Hall. Officials: Brad Mattox and Gip Allen. Timers: Laura Adair and Shelley Hall. Announcer: Roger Mooney. Specialty act: John Harrison. Bullfighters: Chad Dowdy and Broc McGuire. Flankman: Heath Stewart. Chute bosses: Terry Vaughan and Matt Williams. Pickup men: Rex Bugbee and Ryan Bestol. Music director: Mark Evans

For more coverage of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, check out the Oct. 21 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.


Underdogs have night to howl at moon in Minot 

By Ruth Nicolaus/for the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo committee

MINOT, N.D. – It was a night for the underdogs at the State Fair Center.

Several cowboys were able to win their first checks during the third round of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Bull rider Tyson Donovan was one of those “underdogs.” 

He made an 87-point ride on Bailey Rodeo Company’s Dakota Storm, the first qualified ride he’s made all weekend.

Donovan, of New Underwood, S.D., is riding with a cracked sternum, suffered at the Sioux Falls, S.D., rodeo three weeks ago. He knew something was wrong right away.

“I didn’t know how serious it was,” he said. “I started getting hot, I was sweating, and I was getting pains down the backs of my arms.”

A trip to the emergency room diagnosed the crack.

He’s also tweaked his shoulder and his riding arm muscles are tight. “I’m getting to be an old man,” the 28-year-old joked. “But I keep telling myself I’m in my prime.” 

The cracked sternum doesn’t cause him too much pain. He slept upright for a week, and Epsom salts baths help ease the pain. 

No contestant has ridden all three of his bulls, and only one has covered two bull – Ardie Maier, who is only $1,200 behind the number one man, Bart Miller. Miller hasn’t ridden a bull yet this weekend.

The bull riding race is between those two men; no other bull rider is within striking distance of them, even if they ride their bull during tomorrow’s final performance. 

Saddle bronc rider Louie Brunson won the third round of the rodeo with a score of 78.5 points on Mosbrucker Rodeo’s War and Peace.

It’s the first check the New Underwood, S.D. man has earned this weekend at the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals, and it was on a horse that was hard to ride.

“That horse is a lot of work,” Brunson said. “She’s big and she’s not easy to spur or ride good. I was happy to make (the buzzer).” 

The horse, a 12-year-old mare, had bucked off Brunson two other times, once at the Badlands Circuit Finals several years ago. “She got me the first two, but not number three.” 

The $1,730 check will come in handy for the new father. “It’ll buy some diapers,” he said with a smile. He and his wife Amy are the parents of a two-month-old daughter, Bryndel. 

The saddle bronc riding championship was sewed up by Chuck Schmidt on Saturday night, who is $7,000 ahead of Ty Manke. Manke, Hermosa, S.D., leads the average with 235.5 points on three head. 

In the team roping, Junior Dees and Matt Zancanella won the round with a time of 4.7 seconds. This is the first time the team has placed all weekend. 

Steer wrestler Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., made a 3.5-second run to win his second check of the weekend, and tie-down roper Joe Schmidt, Belfield, N.D., won his first check of the weekend with a time of 8.8 seconds to win the third round.

Ty Breuer continued his winning ways with his second first-place finish in the bareback riding on Saturday night. He leads the average with 249 points on three head.  

Barrel racer Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., is one step closer to a Badlands title She made a 13.84-second run to place for the second time. She leads the No. 2 cowgirl, Calyssa Thomas, by more than $7,000.

The Levi Wisness Award was presented to steer wrestler Carson Johnston, Elm Springs, S.D., on Saturday night. A freshman at Black Hills State University, he is the high-money permit holder in the Badlands Circuit. The award is given in honor of Levi, a Keene, N.D. steer wrestler who died of cancer in 2008. 

The final performance of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with the 2017 Miss Rodeo North Dakota coronation at 1:15 p.m.  Badlands Circuit champions for the year-end and the average will be crowned and will qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida April 6-9, 2017. For full results, visit www.ProRodeo.com.  For rodeo information, visit MinotYsMensRodeo.com.


Olson brothers go 2-for-2 in Minot 

By Ruth Nicolaus/for the RAM Badlands Circuits Rodeo committee

MINOT, N.D. – For Jordan Olson and Logan Olson, it was déjà vu all over again in Minot, N.D. 

The brothers, team ropers and natives of Flandreau, S.D., won the first round of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo on Oct. 6, then repeated the feat the next night, winning the second round with a time of 4.6 seconds.

With the small indoor arena at the State Fair Center, the two came out swinging.

“We saw the steers go last night,” Jordan said, “so we had a pretty good idea for what our steers were going to be. With that kind of a set-up, if you take a step back and try to be conservative, it makes it real hard. Our game plan has always been, be smart and be aggressive.” 

The two brothers, Jordan the elder by sixteen months, came into the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals in 10th place. They know they won’t be able to overtake the number one team, J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, so their hope is to win the average at the Finals to earn a trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., next spring.

Jordan gave a nod to younger brother Logan, the header of the pair. “The header is the quarterback of the team, and he sets the pace, and he’s obviously done a great job of doing what he does. It’s worked out well.” 

The two spend their summers with their wives and daughters at the family ranch where they were raised, near Flandreau; the winters are spent in the south, with Jordan living in Surprise, Ariz., and Logan in Stephenville, Texas. During the summers, they help their parents with ranch work. The cousins, Jordan’s daughter, who is seven, and Logan’s, who is eight, are “best friends,” Jordan said. “They could be sisters.” 

The brothers choose to rodeo in the Badlands Circuit, in part because of the payout of the Circuit Finals in Minot. “That’s part of the reason this circuit is a really great circuit for us. For one, we grew up here and this is where our families are from. But this also is the best circuit. The Y’s (YMCA) Men have done a tremendous job of taking this from the ninth best-paying circuit out of twelve, to the first. This is the best.”

Winning a round in Minot earns a cowboy $1,730, which is also a big incentive. “There’s not too many rodeos that pay $1,700 a round,” Logan said, “and you only compete against 11 other teams.” The Olsons won the 2015 Badlands Circuit Finals average. 

Another South Dakota native won his event in Minot on Friday night.

Saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere was 85 points on Sutton Rodeo’s South Point to win the second round of the Circuit Finals.  

Elshere split second place on Thursday night, and holds the lead in the average. Chuck Schmidt maintains his first place ranking in the circuit, more than $8,000 ahead of the number two man, Ty Manke. “Chuck had a great year and came in with a lead that nobody could catch. So we’re all fighting for the average and congratulating Chuck on a good year,” Elshere said. 

Elshere is also riding bulls this year, and qualified for the Badlands Circuit Finals in that event as well, but hasn’t made the eight second buzzer in the first two rounds. 

Other winners of the second round of action included bareback rider Blake Smith, Zap, N.D. (83.5 points), steer wrestler Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. (4.4 seconds) barrel racers Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D. and Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D. (13.88 seconds each), and bull rider Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D. (81 points). 

Before the rodeo started, a big check made out for $55,335 was presented to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. That represents the monies raised for this year of the campaign, with all funds going to the Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab Center. Since the program began 10 years ago, a total of $631,587 has been raised. Myron Feist, a cancer survivor and a member of the Minot Y’s Men, presented the check to Russell Gust, exercise physiologist for the Exercise Rehab Center. 

The third performance of the 2016 RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, with the fourth and final performance on Oct. 9. Tickets are available online and at the State Fair Center prior to the rodeo. Full rodeo results are posted on www.ProRodeo.com. Additional rodeo information can be found at MinotYsMensRodeo.com.

Good health allows Badlands success

By Ruth Nicolaus/for the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo committee
MINOT, N.D. – Ty Breuer has kept his fingers crossed all year. 

The Mandan, N.D. bareback rider has been able to stay injury-free this year, minus some separated ribs, which has enabled him to accomplish several goals: qualify for his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, be the regular season bareback leader in the Badlands Circuit, and win the first round of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D. 

His ride aboard Sutton Rodeo’s Yankee Rose for 84 points, during the Oct. 6 performance at the N.D. State Fair Center, was good enough to win the round by a half-point over his younger brother, Casey. 

It hasn’t been an easy year of rodeo for the 26-year-old cowboy. “I’ve never had to rodeo as hard as I did this year, to make the (Wrangler National) Finals,” he said. “I’m not sure why. I’d get on a hot streak, and then I’d lose it.”

However, he’s stayed away from major injury this year, which is the first time that’s happened since 2013, the first year he made the WNFR. That year, in the third round, he broke his elbow, but continued to ride with it for the next seven nights. He had surgery on it after the WNFR, sat out some of the 2014 season due to the injury and just missed a return to Vegas, finishing 18th in the world standings.

Then, the next year, a horse flipped over on him in the chutes at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, breaking his back and taking him out of action for a significant chunk of the 2015 season; a late-season charge – including a win at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up – allowed him to finish 21st in the world.

This year, Breuer’s worst injury has been separated ribs, suffered at the Mitchell, S.D., rodeo in July. He planned on taking time off for the injury to heal, but “I ended up drawing real good, so I just kept going. I guess I was really lucky to be able to rodeo all year.”

His luck wasn’t limited to the national scene; he made sure to compete in enough Badlands Circuit rodeos to qualify for this weekend’s Circuit Finals, and Thursday’s win earned him a check for $1,730, to lead the circuit with a total earnings of $16,155, a lead of nearly $3,000 over the number two man, Jordan Pelton, who got bucked off. 

Before Breuer heads to Las Vegas for the Wrangler NFR, he’ll head to the altar later this month to marry Kelli Nutter. Wedding preparations are well underway, with Kelli doing most of them. “I’m pretty lucky,” he said. “She’s been doing all the planning.”

Steer wrestler Cameron Morman won the first round of the Circuit Finals with a 3.8-second time he made on a steer he’d run in Bowman, N.D., last weekend. “He’s the best one in the herd, and I messed him up in Bowman, so when I drew him for tonight, I was pretty excited for the rematch.”

Morman, who is 23 years old, is riding fellow steer wrestler Chason Floyd’s horse Tiger. The 2015 Badlands champ rode Jason Reiss’ horse last year, but after the horse was sold Morman had to make alternative arrangements. Floyd, from Buffalo, Wyo., offered to let Morman ride Tiger the beginning of July, and since then, Tiger has been his mount. “He’s a really nice horse. He scores sharp, runs a real tight pattern, and lets it be easy to catch cattle and win on. He has a lot of heart to him.”

Morman will graduate from Dickinson State University this December with a degree in university studies, then he plans on rodeoing full time. “I’ll jump in with Chason and rodeo.” Floyd hazed for Morman during his winning run. 

Other first go-round winners were team ropers Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D. and Jordan Olson, Surprise, Ariz. (4.6 seconds), who also won the first round at last year’s Badlands Circuit Finals; and saddle bronc rider Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D. (82 points), whose father, Marty, qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1985 in the same event.

Tie-down roper Jon Peek, Berthold, N.D., won the first round (8.5 seconds). Peek is the brother of Josh Peek, also a tie-down roper and steer wrestler. Fonda Galbreath, Oakes, N.D., won the barrel racing with a time of 14.16 seconds and Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., won the bull riding (82 points). Maier was one of four bull riders to make qualified rides. 

The second, third and fourth rounds of the Circuit Finals continue Oct. 7-9. Tomorrow night’s rodeo is the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance, with monies raised going to benefit cancer patients through the Trinity Health Exercise Rehab Program in Minot. Over the past 10 years, more than $576,000 has been raised.  For more information on the rodeo, visit MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For full results from this night’s rodeo, visit www.ProRodeo.com.