Indoor riding arena

ND High School Rodeo | The Dakotan

End of the fall season

VALLEY CITY — Thunder and lightning weren’t the only effects rolling out of the ND Winter Show arenas in Valley City this past weekend, Sept. 16-18, at the end of the high school fall rodeo season. N..D.

Adversity is the word that sums up the last weekend of their fall season. Facing hardships and misfortunes related to weather, harsh arena conditions, and the dynamics of various draws, the contestants used the challenges as stepping stones to face triumph.

The cowgirls flew out for the occasion in rainy fall conditions and rode their horses Dakota-style to conquer the cloverleaf pattern and leave the raindrops like glimpses of character building blocks. for their rodeo careers and their future in general.

When the tough guys get going, the cowgirls just go faster, exclaimed one onlooker watching the barrel race through the mud.

CeeJay Bohmbach, 14, Stanley, and his horse Matlock shone through the mud with a third-place finish on Saturday. They turned around to take 2nd place in the opposite size pattern and vibe in the indoor arena on Sunday.

The bond between the 13-year-old gray gelding and freshman Blue Jay has been in the making for three years. CeeJay has come through the ranks of ND Youth Rodeos, College, Roughrider Rodeos, Jackpots and now High School Rodeo and NDRAs. The duo sealed the fall season by being first in the barrel racing standings.

Bottineau Braves sophomore linebacker and ND High School rodeo cowboy Will Demontigny placed in the top four in bareback riding on Saturday.

“I came out of the chute a little weak on #151X yesterday. I kept fighting for my feet and was looking for the buzzer. It all ended well,” Will explained. “I love rodeo at the high school because we get two shots in a weekend to do all of our events from rough to lasso I have a lot of friends here too.

Future short-term goals for the Bottineau Braves include maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher, qualifying for the High School Rodeo Nationals this spring, and heading to the Fargo Dome with the Braves football team. Playing football Saturday night after the rodeo, the team and Demontigny picked up the win.

Watford City sophomore Stran Sorenson and his partner, Kash Berdahl, another Watford City sophomore, took Saturday’s team victory.

“It was great. Honestly, I just followed and made sure to catch. We’ve been good friends and we’ve been riding together for a while. This win meant a lot,” Berdahl explained.

“It was awesome. I just went for a clean run. Kash and I have been rope tying for almost six years. My head is my friend,” Sorenson laughed as he left to compete in the rope tie down .

15-year-old Killdeer freshman Maklain Kleemann had a scorching seven-second race to tie up a goat for a first-place finish.

“This is the first goat knot loop I’ve won between middle school and high school, even qualifying for Nationals I’ve never won a goat knot loop,” Kleeman added. . “I really flank my goat too much and got kicked in the head but finished strong.”

Homeschooling and Maklain rodeos are pretty much my full-time gigs, the cowgirl explained. She has four goats at home and her horse Lanai, a fourteen-year-old gelding that keeps her company with her siblings and the Killdeer Mountains as a backdrop.

Alexander’s versatile cowgirl, 15-year-old Paige Delaney, got excited as she discussed the ND High School rodeo season.

“I was very happy with our homemade bred barrel racing and pole bending mare, Frenchie. It becomes constant,” Delaney said.

“If my horse was a person, she would be the friend who is there for you no matter what day you are having. She is going to give you everything she has, every race,” Delaney explained of her palomino mare.

Delaney is the fifth generation of her ranching family and is a cowgirl through and through in the heart of western North Dakota. The Adolf Ruud family settled south of Alexander on the family ranch where Delaney spent most of his time learning his skills in riding, roping, and caring for cattle. Unlike most traditional ranches that are passed down to men, this one was passed down to every girl in the next generation.

“At the end of the day, I love basketball, but breeding and training horses is what I really love being,” Delaney added with a smile.

Valley City Winter Show General Manager Brandee Moore said, “This is a great weekend for the Valley City community. Between restaurants, hotels and gas stations, it’s a huge economic impact. We make sure businesses are notified when High School Rodeo contestants and their families come to town. »

Sunday’s champion Weston Lapierre, 17, Killdeer strapped his calf in 9.67 seconds in search of his spot for a state title. The young cowboy always smiles and thanks his horse, Wild Mike.

Lapierre competes in tie down, team roping and steer wrestling competitions and was recently on the returning field for the Killdeer Cowboys.

For now, the horses and cattle are fed, the hay is set up and ready for winter N..D, and rodeo athletes across the state will be preparing all winter to hit their goals and dream of competing in the spring. .

For more information and results, visit: ndhsra.org