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63RD ANNUAL BLACK HILLS

STOCK SHOW &RODEO RAPID CITY JAN. 29-FEB. 6, 2021

Inside:

• Event Schedule • Ranch Rodeo • 20X High School Rodeo Showcase • Ag Leaders Honored A Special Supplement to the


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63rd annual Stock Show offers something for everyone RAPID CITY — Visitors to the 63rd annual Black Hills Stock Show running Friday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Feb. 6, will undoubtedly find something to suit every taste. “The Black Hills Stock Show truly is a cattleman’s convention,” general manager Ron Jeffries said. He added this event is designed for people in the cattle industry, with some selling to individuals wishing to improve their herds and production. Jeffries said the Stock Show adds horse sales and many other activities as well. Many stock show attendees live in areas not having a large population density. They benefit, as does the Rapid City community. “When they get to Rapid City, this is a chance that they have to do their shopping, whether it’s groceries, clothing, appliances, or anything else,” Jeffries said. “We become a retail hub for a lot of people that attend the Black Hills Stock Show.” Producers have the chance to display their cattle and persuade cattle growers to attend future sales, according to Jeffries. As for one of the biggest changes, Jeffries said, “The quality of cattle just continues to improve. That’s the heart of what makes the Stock Show work.” Other significant changes include improved horse sales. Jeffries said the horse sale started as a very small endeavor and has experienced tremendous growth. “About the last six to eight years, it has really taken off. Now, we go back and forth between Fort Worth and Rapid City as having the highest selling horses for stock shows,” Jeffries said. The Truck Defender Horse Sale serves as a shining star, he added. This year’s

event is set for Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30, at the James Kjerstad Event Center. Introduction of youth activities is one of the Stock Show’s newer developments. Youth cattle shows made their debut in 2020 and surpassed available capacity, so this year’s show will span two days instead of one. Youth sheep and goat shows are also part of the schedule for this year. Jeffries said that represents another chance to expand youth participation. “For the long-term growth of the Black Hills Stock Show, we need to get the youth involved,” Jeffries said. He added they need to show their livestock here, have a good experience, and want to bring their children here in the future. Other new events for this year include Koe Wetzel appearing in concert at the Black Hills Stock Show Stampede on Feb. 5, plus a collegiate wool judging show. The COVID-19 pandemic naturally affects preparation and operation for this year. “We’ll have more onus on the (Rushmore Plaza) Civic Center and Central States Fair to do more cleaning and sanitizing of certain areas,” Jeffries said. “We’ll encourage everybody to do their own personal sanitation and face mask wearing.” Hand sanitizing stations are available at both sites, according to Jeffries. Sales from horse and cattle sales should approach the $1 million mark, Jeffries said. He anticipates attendance will be down a bit because of the pandemic. Information on ticketed events is available at blackhillsstockshow.com

Sutton Rodeo History

Front Row, L-R: Ruby, Julie & Jim Sutton, Shally & Shaden Muller; Back Row, L-R: Stella, Brice, Alyssa & Brent Sutton, Roz Beaton, Steve & Kim Sutton, Amy & Steven Muller. Photo by Rodeo Ready The history of Sutton Rodeo Company parallels the growth and development of rodeo for nearly the entire 20th century and beyond. In 1926, the Edwin Sutton family began producing their own rodeos on the home ranch in Sully County. Originally the rodeo was just a pleasant pastime when a group of people got together on a Sunday. However, Edwin saw a possibility for profit and joined with George Fairbank to begin a touring rodeo. The

Depression shut down the productions and they did not begin again until the mid-1940s. James H. Sutton, Sr. took Sutton Rodeo to the next stage in the 1950s when he entered a partnership with Erv Korkow. As one of the first members of the RCA, Sutton/Korkow stock performed at the first National Finals Rodeo (NFR) at Dallas, Texas in 1959. The company won Bull of the Year with “Baldy” in 1961 and had reserve

Pioneer file photo champion horses “Snake River” in 1962 and “Yellow Jacket” in 1964. James was the first stock contractor to be inducted in the PRCA Hall of Champions in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1982. In 1968, James Sutton, Jr. became a partner with his dad forming Sutton Rodeo Company, and the tradition continued. Sutton Rodeo had three PRCA Horse of the Year awards: “Deep Water” in 1979 and “Big Bud” in 1985 and “Chuckulator” in 2012, Top Saddle Bronc of the World and WNFR. Sutton Rodeo stock has been selected to perform at every National Finals Rodeo. Jim, along with wife Julie, took the company to the next level with a focus on production and innovation. Jim began Rodeo Rapid City in 1978, nominated 19 times for PRCA “Indoor Rodeo of the Year” winning this award in 2002, 2003 and 2020. Jim originated the Wrangler Bullfights and the Bailey Bail-Off and is famous for his pageantry and colorful rodeo openings, including the openings at the NFR in 1995-96. Nominated four times as “Stock Contractor of the Year”, Jim was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall Fame in 2020. Jim’s wife Julie is an experienced rodeo secretary and NFR timer. Jim’s son, Steve, was an NFR pickup man in three decades (1978, 1981, 1986, 1993 and 1995). As the fourth generation of Sutton Rodeo Company, Steve joined the PRCA in 1976, and became a stock contractor in 1982. He takes great

pride in the history of Sutton Rodeo, striving to breed top quality bucking stock and produce top-notch rodeos. Steve particularly enjoys producing college, high school and 4-H rodeos. In 2010 Steve was inducted into the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center as “Present Cowboy Great.” Wife Kim assists the rodeo company in the areas of timing, publicity, and marketing; she is a seven-time NFR timer. Steve and Kim’s children, the fifth generation of Sutton Rodeo, while reaping the benefit of over 80 years of experience, are hard at work looking at ways to continue the legacy and add their own improvements to the company. Daughter, Amy, is a three-time NFR timer and office manager for Sutton Rodeos Inc., her husband Steven Muller works with the livestock and rodeo production. Son, Brent, started his career as a pickup man in 2004, became a PRCA contestant in 2007, and is a four-time assistant NFR chute boss and one-time NFR pickup man. Son, Brice, works with the livestock and rodeo production, joining the PRCA ranks in 2010. All pursued college degrees in animal science and/or business and use these degrees to continue the tradition of raising 90% of their breeding stock. Grandchildren Shaden James and Shally Rayne, (Amy and Steven) and Ruby Belle and Stella Joy, (Brice and Alyssa), start the sixth-generation of Sutton Rodeo.


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History of Black Hills Stock Show

Rodeo Rapid City earned the 2020 Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year honor from the PRCA. Pictured from left are: Miss Rodeo America Jordan Tierney, Brent Sutton, Roz Beaton, Steve Sutton, Kim Sutton, Brice Sutton, Alyssa Sutton, Steven Muller, and Amy Muller. Photo courtesy of Rodeo Ready

Rodeo Rapid City receives top honors By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

RAPID CITY — Rodeo Rapid City enters this year’s Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo as the defending Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year. The rodeo received this honor at the National Finals Rodeo last month in Arlington, Texas. Other nominees represented Fort Worth, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Arlington, Texas, and Denver, Colo. “To have Rapid City in the running with those four big cities, with their big rodeos, says a lot,” Steve Sutton said. He is a member of Sutton Rodeo, which produces Rodeo Rapid City. Sutton described the rodeo as a group effort among the crew, riders, fans and sponsors. The top 100 cowboys in each event vote on the award, Sutton said. He added riders at San Antonio and other sites mention they just came from Rapid City. “Definitely, one of our biggest assets is the crew at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center,” Sutton said. “They make putting on a rodeo there enjoyable.” Sutton Rodeo’s association with the Black Hills Stock Show began in 1978. The name change to Rodeo Rapid City occurred roughly five years ago, Sutton said. Preparation for Rodeo Rapid City is continuous, and Sutton Rodeo also serves as the community and promoters. Promotions, advertising, getting approval for the rodeo, and lining up stock contractors are only a few of the required duties. Sutton said between 600 and 800 head of stock are run through the gates when combining numbers for the ranch rodeo, PRCA rodeo performances, sales, and futurities. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Sutton Rodeo to scale back things a bit for this year’s

event. Denver and Fort Worth have canceled their events. Sutton said Rodeo Rapid City wished to work with the city and PRCA to do what it could to have a rodeo this year. Part of the “scaling back” includes not having a Sutton Ranch Rodeo for this year. Most events are in the evening, but some will be held during the day. “We are anticipating huge numbers,” Sutton said in describing the rodeo lineup. He added four days of slack are scheduled for this year as opposed to 1 ½ days in previous years. Events for this year include the familiar offerings of freestyle bullfighting, Xtreme Bronc riding, Xtreme Bull riding, and four PRCA rodeo performances. “We’re not really changing anything: just going to make it be as good as it can be,” Sutton said. Sutton said building sections will include some areas for social distancing. “It’s been a tough year, but South Dakota has rodeoed on all summer,” Sutton said. “It’s been well-represented in all the other states.” Rodeo Rapid City serves as Sutton Rodeo’s premier event of the year, according to Sutton. He said the aim is for attendees to be excited about seeing the new building next year. “When we see the fans smiling and talking about they want to come back, then we feel like we did a good job on that end,” Sutton said. He is part of the sixth-generation family. Sutton said it is also huge for the top contestants to enter, along with local and national sponsors still wanting to be a part of things. He encourages fans to not be scared to attend this year. “I know it’s a different year, but to come out and buy a ticket and come to the rodeo is going to mean a lot to us,” Sutton said.

Rapid City Chamber Ag Committee members held a 1958 meeting at Rapid City Laundry to discuss a future plan that would incorporate rural lifestyles into Rapid City’s urban community. It was at this laundromat where the first plans for the Black Hills Winter Show were formed. Only 12% of the population lived on farms or ranches at that time. Concerns were that, someday, the rancher would be an endangered species, as many were moving away from the farm and ranch and into places like Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Organizers committed to preserving the Western heritage in South Dakota with the hopes of protecting agricultural communities and lifestyles. The first Black Hills Winter Show was held at the Central States Fairgrounds’ Soule Building in 1959. A total of 91 head of livestock entered in three cattle breeds: Angus, Hereford, and shorthorn. Ranchers from the region were able to showcase their livestock with the unique show-and-sale format, socialize with fellow ranchers, and market their breeding program at the end of January. The show was a testament to community support of the livestock industry. Multiple events were held throughout town such as a fashion show at Arrowhead Country Club, 16 vendors in the Alfalfa Palace, and a cattleman’s pancake feed at a downtown restaurant in addition to the livestock shows. Businesses donated supplies and resources to support the event. Ellsworth Air Force Base supplied engine heaters to heat the Soule Building during shows. The event was a quick success. There were 112 head of cattle exhibited the following year, with 54 Herefords averaging $591.34. It continued to grow year after year. Shorthorn World predicted the future by writing, “The Black Hills Winter Show is going to grow because it is held in cattle country.” The first buffalo sale started in 1966 in conjunction with the event at the Custer State Park buffalo corrals. The most noticeable change happened at this time, when the Rapid City Chamber Ag Committee passed the reins of the Black Hills Winter Show over to the Black Hills Exposition (Central States Fair, Inc.). During this transition, the name changed to what we know it as today: the Black Hills Stock Show. Along with the success of the livestock shows, a horse sale was added to the event in 1973. Newspaper headlines by 1976 were raving over the horse sale’s success, as 33 head of horses totaled $17,945. Today’s horse sale grosses more than $1.2 million, with the 2017 top-selling horse selling for $25,000 to a Washington buyer. The Black Hills Stock Show added a rodeo at the new Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in 1978. Lacroix Hall would soon host the Horse Sale, and in 1980, the event officially moved all livestock shows, horse sales, and vendors to the new facility. Through the years, the stock show incorporated horse events using Hart Ranch’s indoor riding arena. Today, this arena is home to Rapid City Christian High School. The Black Hills Stock Show allowed competitors to become familiar with the

Black Hills area. Event producers would soon take notice of the destination for yearround events. Central States Fairgrounds’ site became a hub for agricultural competitions. Under the direction of the Pennington County commission and Central States Fair, a new indoor riding arena was created for the future of the Black Hills Stock Show and agricultural events in Rapid City. Today, the James Kjerstad Event Center is the Midwest’s horse capital. It houses national and regional shows throughout the year. These events prove to be an economic booster to the community, as horse participants travel nationwide to compete in Rapid City. Event producers choosing Rapid City as home paid out a total of $3.4 million in 2017. Building of the James Kjerstad Event Central also boosted Black Hills Stock Show attendance. Horse events in 2021 will start roughly two weeks before the traditional Stock Show dates. Horse shows, ranch horse competitions, roping futurities, and the Truck Defender horse sale are included. Main attractions include the Official Ranch Rodeo, Broncs for Breakfast, North American Sheep Dog Trials, National Sheep Shearing competition, Boots and Beer Festival, and the Stock Show Stampede concert. The Stock Show carries a simple business model: create multiple events that support the integrity of the agriculture industry. “South Dakota is completely dependent on ag,” Black Hills Stock Show General Manager Ron Jeffries said. “Certainly, ag has a massive economic impact on Rapid City as well.” The event that once started in the unheated Soule Building at the Central States Fairgrounds now hosts multiple event throughout the city. The community support allows for guests from a 13-state region to attend events at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, James Kjerstad Event Center, art exhibits at the Dahl and Journey museums, seminars and business conferences at multiple hotels, plus socials at the Prairie Edge. It’s not just a livestock show, a horse show, rodeos, vendors, or youth events. It is the combination of all things Western and the cooperation of Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rodeo Rapid City, and the Black Hills Stock Show that makes this event successful. These combined events are the recipe for the nation’s fourth-largest stock show following the Houston Livestock Show, San Antonio Stock Show, and the National Western Stock Show. All three of those are located in population bases exceeding the state of South Dakota. As we celebrate the 63rd annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, we reflect on the past while celebrating the future. This year’s Stock Show brings a new generation. Livestock shows are still the stock show’s cornerstone, with roughly 430 head of livestock selling in 10 different breeds. Sales once totaling $65,650 now have total sale grosses of more than $2 million (roughly $1 million from livestock shows, plus more than $1 million from horse shows). Events like the Boots and Beer Festival and the Black Hills Stock Show Stampede Concert are geared to entice the younger demographic to attend.


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Justin Sportsmedicine Team offers rodeo contestants comprehensive medical care When the Justin Sportsmedicine team is at a rodeo, contestants know they will be treated as professional athletes and have the finest medical care available. They know that any nagging injuries, bumps, and bruises will be given the attention necessary to keep them competing with the best available resources for injury prevention. In the event of an injury, these contestants rest assured that it will be treated comprehensively with the mission of getting them back in the arena as quickly as possible. That is exactly what the program was designed to do over 35 years ago when it was founded and funded by the Justin Boot Company and started at just 10 rodeos as the official healthcare provider of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The success of the Justin Sportsmedicine team can easily be measured by the reduction in occurrence and severity of injuries. Rodeo athletes are educated on injury prevention, but injuries are a fact of life in the arena. Preventing those injuries and then treating them when they do occur is the core of the program. It means contestants can be more competitive as they return to competition after injury. This is very important to their livelihoods because they need to compete at a high level, to make a living. While the Justin Sportsmedicine team utilizes full-time staff with a variety of medical backgrounds, they rely on local volunteers to make it successful. “Coordinating our program with local medical physicians and clinicians is an integral part in our team’s success,” said Rick Foster, director for the Justin Sportsmedicine Team. “First of all, it gives us the opportunity to provide the type of healthcare these rodeo contestants need. Then in the case of an injury, we already know where to send them locally and have medical personnel that have relationships in the community. It makes it so much easier for the contes-

tants and helps us provide the quality care so deserving to our rodeo athletes.” Customized injury-reporting software is used to give accurate exchange of information regarding treatments and injuries. It also allows for the team to research and evaluate injury information within rodeo. Any member of the team in each event location can follow up on injured athlete’s needs and proper care. “We have definitely seen a decrease in the occurrence and severity of injuries,” said Mike Rich, executive director of the Justin Sportsmedicine team. “We’ve also had an increase in the number of treatments that we are providing. This tells us more contestants are utilizing the program with greater benefits. We have built relationships with the local medical community, committee members, and the contestants that are long standing. This program has many parts and without each one of those parts we wouldn’t have seen the growth or success that we have had.” Rodeo contestants pay to compete, and in order to earn any money in the arena they must be healthy. In the event of a serious injury, incomes can be dramatically affected. That is where the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (JCCF) steps in. The charitable organization provides 100% of all contributions for use by injured contestants to help them pay their bills until they can be competitive again. The JCCF can do this because all administrative costs are paid by the Justin Boot Company and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “The two organizations work handin-hand,” Foster said. “In the event of an injury, we can help them with their medical needs and get them back in the arena as quickly and safely as possible. The Crisis Fund helps them pay their bills and take some of their worries away. Both programs show how much Justin Boots cares about the people involved in rodeo.”

Girls in Spurs ‘Ladies Night’- Rodeo Zone Trade Show Grab your girlfriends and head out for a night of great runway fashion show, cocktail tasting, special event vendors, prize drawings, live music, and more, Feb. 3, 3:306:00 pm, in the Rodeo Zone Trade Show located in the Ice Arena, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Free Ad0mission with Feb. 4 PRCA Rodeo ticket or a purchased $20 Girls in Spurs Ticket. Event tickets sold at the Rodeo Zone Tradeshow.

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Rodeo Rapid City PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, features top PRCA bull riding contestants competing against the top bulls. Money won at Xtreme Bulls Tour events count toward the individual Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale and for the 2021 Wrangler

National Finals Rodeo. Rodeo personnel will include threetime PRCA Announcer of the Year Nominee Will Rasmussen, and eighttime PRCA Clown of the Year Justin Rumford, and 15-time Specialty Act of the Year John Payne.

PRCA Xtreme Bronc Match The PRCA Xtreme Bronc Match set for Jan. 30, fields the top PRCA bronc riders in the nation competing against the top broncs. This event showcases rodeo’s oldest sport and South Dakota’s deep history of successful bronc riders and bronc horses. Money won will count toward the individual Xtreme Bronc Tour Finale and for the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Rodeo personnel will include threetime PRCA Announcer of the Year nominee Will Rasmussen, eighttime PRCA Clown of the Year Justin Rumford, and 15-time Specialty Act of the Year John Payne!

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20X High School Rodeo Showcase set for Jan. 31 The 20X High School Rodeo Showcase will begin at 1 p.m., Jan. 31, inside the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. This event features the top three high school rodeo competitors in 10 events from all four South Dakota regions. Athletes will compete for scholarships, team travel funds from Farm Credit Services, and the Maynard Trophy buckles. South Dakota Rodeo regions are Northwest, River Region, Southwest, and East. Events are bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and breakaway roping. Rodeo personnel will feature

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award-winning barrelman Justin Rumford. The Young Living Percherons will make a special guest appearance. Tickets are available at www.gotmine.com; 1-800-GOT-MINE; at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center box office and kiosks. A high school rodeo college fair is available to all high school rodeo athletes from 9:30-11:30 a.m. that day. It is free to the public. The fair in the Barnett Arena south balcony is a chance for any high school rodeo athlete to visit with National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association coaches from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

FCSA challenge issued to high school rodeo

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An exciting challenge has been issued by Farm Credit Services of America to the 20X High School Rodeo Team. When the team members compete in 20X High School Rodeo at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, they will be competing for much more than the first-place buckle. If they can meet or exceed the set challenge scores, they can win for their national team, $100 per each of the 10 scheduled events for a total of $1,000. This money will be donated by Farm Credit of Services of America to the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association to be used by the National Team members for travel expenses at the National High School Rodeo Finals. “The Farm Credit Services challenge is a very generous contribution to South Dakota’s best rodeo athletes, and it will add additional excitement to the already thrilling rodeo,” according to Ann Sundermann, executive secretary of SDHSRA.

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Rodney Yost horsemanship clinic returns Rodney Yost is a fourth-generation South Dakota rancher who has been involved with the ranching and horse customs his entire life. He has been on horseback since he was a baby in diapers on his family’s ranch, started training ponies at age 10, and trained his first horse at age 13. Since those beginnings, Yost has become one of the top horse trainers and clinicians in South Dakota and throughout the Midwest. He has conducted many horsemanship clinics and demonstrations for all ages and riding levels over the past few years. Yost’s unique training style and sense of humor have made him a sought-after horsemanship clinician throughout the United States and Canada. He is the first and only four-time champion of the Crosswinds Ranch Colt Training Challenge held at Michigan State University each spring. In addition, he has won numerous Horse Colt Futurity competitions. Yost has become known for creating a relationship with his horses to produce extremely supple, well-mannered, and responsive horses that are capable of many disciplines. Growing up in South Dakota, Yost developed a love for the land and livestock at an early age. This partnership with the ranching lifestyle has blossomed into a progressive mindset regarding his family-owned and operated Broadaxe Ranch, along with its expansive commercial cattle herd, and American Quarter Horse breeding and training program. What started out as a necessity of the

Broadaxe Ranch operation — breeding and training their own horses for ranch use — Rodney Yost Horsemanship developed most naturally through many years of on-the-job learning and real-life experiences of utilizing horses for everyday ranch work. For a horseman or horsewoman of any level to have the opportunity of an enjoyable and successful experience while on horseback, Yost believes it is clearly essential to have the correct tools and philosophy to enable all riders the ability to develop a horse that can pull the throttle back to sit, relax, and go slowly at times, while likewise having the ability to step down on the gas pedal when needed in the heat of the action. Horses that have the training, foundation, and ability to make that distinction easily rise to the top and become the cream of the crop in all disciplines. Rodney Yost Horsemanship demonstrations and ride-along clinics aim to demonstrate, teach, and enable everyone to have a variation of hypothetical tools, a common-sense training mindset, combined with the most elite training techniques. Along with Rodney’s personal learning experiences over the years, Rodney Yost Horsemanship works tirelessly to give all individuals insight regarding the natural instinct, thinking process, and behavior of a horse in an effort to “help the horse to teach itself.” Yost’s demonstrations are free to the public and will be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Rodeo Rapid City Free Style Bullfight In 1979, at the 2nd annual PRCA Rodeo Rapid City, an event was born that had never been seen before in rodeo. It was invitational-free style bullfight organized by Jim Sutton.  Following the bull riding event, each bullfighter had a set time period to dance, fight and spin his way around a Mexican fighting bull trying to impress the judges and earn the most points to win the contest.  The crowd loved it.  There was a danger factor and thrill that kept people glued to their seats.  And while no one wanted to see a bull fighter hurt, they didn’t mind if they got banged around a little bit. The Wrangler Jeans Corporation loved it too, and, starting in 1980, sponsored the Wrangler Bullfight Tour. After a year of competition at major rodeos across the United States, the top six freestyle bullfighters were chosen to compete for a cash purse at the National Finals Rodeo.

Over four consecutive days each bullfighter battled the most aggressive bulls to see who could come up with the highest score to determine the world champion. The rankest bulls were put together from all across the nation. The tour lasted 20 years, ending after the 2000 NFR. In celebration of the 42nd annual PRCA Rodeo Rapid City, Sutton Rodeo will be featuring a Freestyle Bull Fight Competition.  Catch the first round action Feb. 4 and second round Feb. 5, where the bull fighter competitors will each compete 40-70 seconds, trying to convince a judge their fight is best. Top competitors advance into the rodeo performances Feb. 5-6, where they will compete head-to-head and one will be crowned the 2020 Rodeo Rapid City Freestyle Bull Fight Champion during the Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm Rodeo Rapid City perfomance! Free admission to first and second round action!

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All-American Sheep Day highlights mutton industry This year’s Black Hills Stock Show is going to the sheep on Thursday, Feb. 4, with All-American Sheep Day. Events include the National Sheep Shearing Championships, the North American Sheep Dog Trials, Mutton Bustin’, vendors, and educational seminars at the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds.

Top billing for the day belongs to the North American Sheep Dog Trials. These trials are a timed competition requiring a handler to communicate with his or her dog to quickly pen a flock of sheep. Dog handlers will compete for $5,000 in prize money. This event will start with the preliminaries at 10 a.m., with the top qualifiers

advancing to the finals at 7 p.m. The National Sheep Shearing Championships will again partner with the sheep dog trials in which men and women from across North America will compete. Top finishers will advance to represent the United States at the 2021 World Finals. Sheep shearers will start their clip-

pers at 10 a.m. and go until around 3 p.m. Sheep riders from ages 3 to 6 years will compete in the Mutton Bustin’ at 6:30 p.m. Youngsters will have the chance to win trophies and prizes. Entry in Mutton Bustin’ is limited to 20 riders. To ensure the safety of the animals, children must weigh less than 60 pounds.

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2021 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Rapid City schedule Friday, Jan. 29

• Hutchison Western Stallion Row, James Kjerstad Event Center

7:30 a.m. • Show Rite Youth Beef Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 9:00 a.m. • Black Hills Stock Show Truck Defender 2-Day Horse Sale Preview, James Kjerstad Event Center • Black Hills Stock Show Press Social & Ribbon Cutting, Rushmore Civic Center

10:00 a.m. • Rodeo Rapid City CMSA Mounted Shooting Shoot Out, Barnett Arena Rushmore Civic Center • Show Rite Youth Beef Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 12:00 p.m. • Monument Health Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone

1:20 p.m. • Hutchison Western Stallion Row Preview, James Kjerstad Event Center 2:00 p.m. • Black Hills Stock Show Truck Defender 2-Day Horse Sale, James Kjerstad Event Center • Rodeo Zone South Dakota FFA Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone 3:00 p.m. • Cowboy Bar Midnight Sun, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 7:00 p.m. • Merck Stray Gathering, James Kjerstad Event Center • Miss Black Hills Stock Show Queen Contest Speeches & Modeling- Journey Museum, James Kjerstad Event Center, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

9:00 a.m. • Black Hills Stock Show Truck Defender 2-Day Horse Sale Preview, James Kjerstad Event Center • Hutchison Western Stallion Row, James Kjerstad Event Center • Miss Black Hills Stock Show Queen Contest - Horsemanship, James Kjerstad Event Center, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 10:00 a.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- Rodney Yost Horsemanship Clinic, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Show Rite Youth Beef Show, Rushmore Hall 12:00 p.m. • Monument Health- Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone

7:30 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

1:00 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- CMSA Mounted Shooting Shoot Out, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

9:30 p.m. • Merck Stray Gathering- Live Music Chelsey Dee & Company, James Kjerstad Event Center

1:20 p.m. • Hutchison Western Stallion Row, Stallion Row Preview, James Kjerstad Event Center

Saturday, Jan. 30 7:30 a.m. • Show Rite Youth Beef Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

2:00 p.m. • Black Hills Stock Show Truck Defender 2-Day Horse Sale, James Kjerstad Event Center • Rodeo Zone South Dakota FFA Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone

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6:00 p.m. • Stockmans Banquet and Ball, Best Western Ramkota • Miss Black Hills Stock Show Queen Contest – Crowning at the Banquet and Ball, James Kjerstad Event Center, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

7:00 p.m • Wild Costume Bronc Ride- James Kjerstad Event Center 7:30 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City PRCA Xtreme Bronc Match, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 9:00 p.m. • Stockmans Banquet and Ball, Live Music He Said She Said, Best Western Ramkota

Sunday, Jan. 31 9:00 a.m. • Jackpot Team Roping, James Kjerstad Event Center 12:00 p.m. • Beefy Chili Cook-Off Tasting, Rodeo Zone • Monument Health- Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone 1:00 p.m. • 20x High School Showcase-High School Rodeo, Rodeo Zone 2:00 p.m. • Rodeo Zone South Dakota FFA Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone • South Dakota Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Contest, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

2:00 p.m. • Rodeo Zone South Dakota FFA Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone

• Rodeo Rapid CityPRCA Timed Event Slack, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

6:00 p.m. • 2021 Angus Show and Sale- Black Hills Angus Association Banquet, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

10:30 a.m. • Monument Health, Community Health Summit, Rodeo Zone

Tuesday, Feb. 2

1:00 p.m. • 2021 Hereford Show and Sale, Hereford Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

9:00 a.m. • 2021 Charolais Show and SaleCharolais Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 10:00 a.m. • 2021 Black Hills Stock Show Official Ranch Rodeo - 2021 BHSS Ranch Rodeo Prelim, James Kjerstad Event Center • Rodeo Rapid City - PRCA Timed Event Slack, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 10:30 a.m. • Monument Health, Community Health Summit, Rodeo Zone 1:00 p.m. • 2021 Charolais Show and SaleCharolais Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 6:00 p.m. • 2021 Black Hills Stock Show Official Ranch Rodeo- Ranch Rodeo Calcutta, James Kjerstad Event Center 7:00 p.m. • 2021 Black Hills Stock Show Official Ranch Rodeo, James Kjerstad Event Center

Monday, Feb. 1

Wednesday, Feb. 3

9:00 a.m. • 2021 Angus Show and Sale- Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

8:00 a.m. • 2021 Broncs for Breakfast, James Kjerstad Event Center

10:00 a.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- PRCA Timed Event Slack, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

9:00 a.m. • 2021 Broncs for Breakfast, Calcutta, James Kjerstad Event Center • 2021 Hereford Show and Sale, Hereford Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

10:30 a.m. • Monument Health, Community Health Summit, Rodeo Zone 1:00 p.m. • 2021 Angus Show and Sale- Angus

10:00 a.m. • 2021 Broncs for Breakfast, Ranch Bronc Ride, James Kjerstad Event Center

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2:00 p.m. • Rodeo Zone South Dakota FFA Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone

Thursday, Feb. 4 8:00 a.m. • 2021 Red Angus Show and SaleRed Angus Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 10:00 a.m. • North American Sheep Dog Trials, James Kjerstad Event Center • 2021 Gelbvieh Show and Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Rodeo Rapid CityPRCA Timed Event Slack, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Friday, Feb. 5

10:30 a.m. • Monument Health, Community Health Summit, Rodeo Zone

9:00 a.m. • 2021 Limosin Show and Sale-Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

11:00 a.m. • 2021 Shorthorn Show and Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

10:00 a.m. • 2021 Maine Anjou Show and Sale, Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Sutton Rodeo- Bucking Horse and Bull Sale Preview, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

1:00 p.m. • 2021 Red Angus Show and Sale- Red Angus Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 2:00 p.m. • 2021 Gelbvieh Show and Sale- Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Rodeo Rapid City, Freestyle Bullfight Competition, Barnett Arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Rodeo Zone South Dakota FFA Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone 3:00 p.m. • 2021 Shorthorn Show and Sale- Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 6:30 p.m. • North American Sheep Dog TrialsMutton Bustin’, James Kjerstad Event Center 7:00 p.m. • North American Sheep Dog Trials- finals, James Kjerstad Event Center 7:30 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- PRCA Rodeo/ Freestyle Bullfight/Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

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10:30 a.m. • Monument Health, Community Health Summit, Rodeo Zone 11:00 a.m. • Sutton Rodeo- Bucking Horse and Bull Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 12:00 p.m. • Monument Health- Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone 1:00 p.m. • 2021 Limosin Show and Sale-Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 2:00 p.m. • 2021 Maine Anjou Show and Sale, Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Rodeo Zone- South Dakota FFA – Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone 3:00 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- Freestyle Bullfight Competition, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

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1:00 p.m. • 2021 Simmental Show and SaleSimmental Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

SCHEDULE 4:30 p.m. • Double D Western- Youth Dummy Roping, Rodeo Zone

1:30 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- PRCA Rodeo/ Freestyle Bullfight Saturday afternoon, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

7:00 p.m. • Stock Show Stampede, James Kjerstad Event Center

2:00 p.m. • Rodeo Zone- South Dakota FFA – Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone

7:30 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- PRCA Rodeo/ Freestyle Bullfight, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

3:00 p.m. • 2021 Chi-Influence Show and Sale, Sale, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Rodeo Zone- Live in the Zone Talk Show, Rodeo Zone

Saturday, Feb. 6 8:00 a.m. • 2021 Simmental Show and SaleSimmental Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center • Show Rite Youth Sheep and Goat Show- Check-in, James Kjerstad Event Center 10:00 a.m. • 2021 Chi-Influence Show and Sale, Preview, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 10:30 a.m. • Monument Health, Community Health Summit, Rodeo Zone 12:00 p.m. • Monument Health- Speaker Series, Rodeo Zone • Show Rite Youth Sheep and Goat Show- Sheep Show, James Kjerstad Event Center

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6:00 p.m. • Hubbard Feeds Supreme RowHubbard Feeds Supreme Row Judging, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 7:00 p.m. • 2021 Boots and Beer Festival, James Kjerstad Event Center 7:30 p.m. • Rodeo Rapid City- PRCA Rodeo/ Freestyle Bullfight Finals, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 8:00 p.m. • Hubbard Feeds Supreme RowHubbard Feeds Supreme Row Parade, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Sunday, Feb. 7 9:00 a.m. • Show Rite Youth Sheep and Goat Show- Goat Show, James Kjerstad Event Center

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Live music part of Black Hills Stock Show Favorite musical artists will headline this year’s Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. Koe Wetzel will appear at the Black Hills Stock Show Stampede set for 7 p.m., Feb. 5, at the James Kjerstad Event Center. He will perform with Chris Colston. The Boots and Beer Festival scheduled for Feb. 6, will feature a 9 p.m. musical performance by the Garage Boys. Attendees at the Boots and Beer Festival must be at least 21 years of age.

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Koe Wetzel “smashes more rules and emerges as the outlaw of the 21st century.” The Texas-born Wetzel grew up “living” music as a kid from both his parents and grandpa. He writes and sings of true events at his sell-out shows. Wetzel’s 2017 debut album Noise Complaint became a hit with songs such as “February 28, 2016;” “Something To Talk About;” and “Fuss & Fight,” with each having millions of Spotify streams. His success continued with his more current album release in 2019 Harold Saul High and 2020 anthem “Kuntry & Wistern.” All of this helped contributed to Wetzel inking a deal with Columbia Records. “Koe (Wetzel) is a fantastic coun-

Koe Wetzel. Courtesy photo try artist. His live show rocks, and Rapid City is going to love him,” Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo General Manager Ron Jeffries. Tickets are on sale for $25 pre-show and $30 on the day of the show. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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2021 KBHB Sutton Rodeo Bucking Horse & Bull Sale The KBHB Bucking Horse & Bull Sale will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 5, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Barnett Arena. It will also be livestreamed for the first time on thebreedersconnection.com. This sale features 40 head of Sutton Rodeo Ranchraised bucking horses. The mares of these colts have produced top quality bucking stock. Bulls are back in the sale with 20 head from various consignors. Contact Nate Morrison at (605) 515-4313 for details on these bulls and for information on the Livestream at www.thebreedersconnection.com. Bucking Stock will be at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center starting Thursday to view. A sale preview and social hour begin at 10 a.m. Friday, with the sale to follow at 11 am. This is one of the premier sales in the

nation and has continued to get better every year. This offering looks to be one of the best ones yet. Contestants enter by contacting Sutton Rodeo (Steve Sutton: (605) 381-0270 or Brice Sutton: (605) 3813523. There will be added prize money. Animals will be bucked on the day of the sale. This is a great opportunity to view new and upcoming bucking stock and riders. For sale information regarding load out, phone bids or livestream needing temporary boarding of animals at the Sutton Ranch, contact Steve Sutton (605) 381-0270, Brice Sutton (605) 381-3523, or the Sutton Rodeo Office (605) 258-2596. See a complete sale listing at www.suttonrodeo.com or www.thebreedersconnection.com Admission is free to the public.

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Jordan Tierney was crowed representative of the Professional Miss Rodeo America 2020 on Rodeo Cowboys Association, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 at the Tierney will travel around 100,000 Tropicana Hotel in Las miles and appear at Vegas. The 25-year-old nearly 100 rodeo perfrom Oral, S.D., is the formances, as well as daughter of PRCA World making appearancChampion and Hall of es at schools, civic Famer Paul Tierney, and groups, and other his wife Robin. special events in order Jordan graduated from to educate the public Chadron State College and create awareness with a Bachelor of Arts about the sport of roin business adminisdeo, its sponsors and tration, and a minor in the Western way of marketing. Prior to belife. Jordan ing selected Miss Rodeo Because of cancellaTierney America, she representtions due to COVID-19, ed the Mount Rushmore state as Tierney will continue in the role Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2019. of Miss Rodeo America until During her reign as the official December 2021.

Martina Loobey is Miss Rodeo South Headlines Academy in 2017 with a license Dakota 2021 and the 23-year-old daughter in massage therapy in the state of South of Brook and Lorrie Loobey of Dakota. Sturgis. Martina grew up on a She obtained two more certifranch just outside of Sturgis icates in equine sports massage, where her family raises Angus enabling her to launch her own cattle. business, Mistified Massage LLC, As a fourth-generation rodeo and is now a distributor for Back queen, Martina’s interest in the on Track therapeutic products rodeo industry was sparked at along with, LubriSynHA and a very young age. Miss Rodeo Summit Joint Performance. South Dakota is a dream come When Martina is not on the rotrue, and Martina is excited to deo trail, you can find her spendhelp other young women reach ing time with her friends and Martina their dreams. Martina will comfamily, working with her 6-yearLoobey pete for Miss Rodeo America in old gelding Rocky, and working Las Vegas, Nev., in December on making Mistified Massage LLC 2021. bigger and better. Martina would like to Martina’s passion lies in helping horses thank all her friends, family, and sponsors reach their full potential in any discipline. for helping her on this journey in becoming She became a Certified Equine Massage Miss Rodeo South Dakota. Therapist in 2016 and graduated from


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Top row from left to right: Warren and Mayola West, Justin and Brooke Tupper, Mary London; Bottom: Kammerer Livestock members are, back row from left: Jessica, Dillon, Matt, Jake; front row from left: April and Amanda. Courtesy Photos

BHSS Stockman’s Banquet & Ball Jan. 30 The Black Hills Stock Show Stockman’s Banquet & Ball will honor the accomplishments of four individuals at the annual event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Best Western Ramkota. Kammerer Livestock will receive the Stockman of the Year honor. Justin and Brooke Tupper will represent St. Onge Livestock, recipients of the AgriBusiness of the Year honor. Warren and Mayola West are the Horse People of the Year. Mary London will receive induction into the Silver Spur “Hall of Fame.”

The Stockman’s Banquet & Ball honors those excelling in the agricultural industry as stockmen and agri-business people. A “Hall of Fame” distinction goes to an individual who has been influential in growth and support of the Black Hills Stock Show. This year’s event will begin with a social at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. Festivities include a youth scholarship auction and live music by He Said She Said. Tickets cost $70 apiece.

James Sutton Sr. Memorial Bronze The award of this sculpture made by Spearfish artist, Tony Chytka is given to the top saddle bronc rider of the PRCA rodeo event. The award can only be won one time and to win you must have either been born or live in the state of South Dakota. The 14 inch sculpture is a study of a larger piece commissioned by James Sutton, Jr. The sculpture and the award were developed to honor PRCA Hall of Fame Stock Contractor, James Sutton Sr. and the many outstanding saddle bronc riders South Dakota has and continues to produce. The larger piece, a half life-sized bronze statue, was unveiled at the 1992 Black Hills stock Show Rodeo. The sculpture depicts long-time friend of James Sutton, and former world champion saddle bronc rider John McBeth riding

“Half Velvet”, a horse that was an NFR competitor numerous times. The horse bucked under several names; Indian Sign, Coors Lite, Half Velvet and then One-Eyed Skoal. He was considered a real money horse because he always bucked the way cowboys like ’em. The first recipients were the three top South Dakota riders in 1992, three brothers from Ree Heights. Robert, Dan and Billy Etbauer received the award for their performance in 1992 and for their overall contributions to the sport of rodeo. Past recipients include: 2002 Jesse Bail, 2003 Jeffrey Willert, 2005 Jake Costello, 2007 JJ Elshere, 2009 Ty Kennedy, 2012 Cole Elshere, 2013 Jeremy Meeks, 2017 Shorty Garrett & 2019 Ty Manke.

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