An action-packed week of roping, riding, and reining was held at the Stanley County Fairgrounds June 15-20 as the State High School Finals rodeo was held in Fort Pierre. Seven Sully Buttes Rodeo Club members competed at a chance to place in the top four, and earn a spot on the South Dakota National Team.
Senior Rafe Wientjes competed in the Team Roping, receiving a no time in the first round, placing 8th with a time of 13.780 in the second round, and a no-time in the final round, ending up 16th overall.
In the Tie-down Calf Roping, Rafe finished in the first round with a first-place win, and buckle, with a time of 9.980. In the second round he placed 15th with a time of 12.740, and 10th in the final round with a 16.360, ending up overall in 8th place.
Sully Paxton, also a Senior, received a no-time in the first round of Tie-Down roping, a 14.310 in the 2nd round, and a no-time in the Final round.
In the Team Roping, Sully and his partner, Tate Hoffman received a no-time in the first round, 9th in the second round with a time of 15.430, and 4th in the final round with a time of 17.100. Overall, they placed 6th.
The final Senior, Gracie Dimmit, finished her high-school career participating in the Breakaway roping, but had some tough luck and did not receive times.
Sophomore Chase Yellow Hawk won the first round, and buckle, with a 74-point ride in the bareback riding. He was bucked off at the buzzer in the second round, and won the final round with a score of 75 points. He finished in the 5th place position overall for the weekend.
In Barrel Racing, Taylor Burgee, also a Sophomore, received times of 16.629 in the first round, and 26.825 in the second round. She did not make it to the final round. In Breakaway roping, she had a little tough luck, with no-times, and things continued to not go her way in Team Roping, along with her partner Tommie Martin. The upcoming Junior is excited to keep working throughout the summer to make another run next year.
Sophomore Lydia Hill participated in the queen competition, including horsemanship, personal interview, modeling, written test, and prepared speech. She won the speech contest, but did not place overall to advance to Nationals.
The lone Freshman, Paden Belkhap had a busy week, competing in the Cutting, in which he was 5th in the first round, 11th in the second round and 2nd in the average, finishing up 6th overall. In the Team Roping, he and his partner, Jenna Fulton placed 5th in the first round with a time of 10.52, received a no-time in the 2nd round, and scored a 23.080 in the final round for an overall finish of 11th place. Paden also participated in the reigned cow horse competition, and tie-down roping, where he did not receive scores in the first two rounds.