June 02 2004

[b]New Frontier Bull Ride gives crowd two nights of action[/b]

Posted by Kim
Medicine Creek Lions Club, Northern Tour Bull Ride raise funds for South Dakota Make-a-Wish Foundation
by Lucy Halverson

Young bull rider Clint Godfrey, Rapid City, tried his hardest to stick with Hot Sauce, one of the toughest bucking bulls in South Dakota, for 8-seconds Friday night to win $500 in the Make-a-Wish bonus ride, but in the end Hot sauce proved too much for Godfrey and the prize money went to the South Dakota Make-a-Wish Foundation instead.
Thanks to the co-sponsors Medicine Creek Lions Club, who raised the $500 bonus prize money, and the Northern Bull Ride Tour the bonus money will help defray the cost of hosting children at the Make-a-Wish weekend to be held later this fall at the Northern Bull Ride Tour finals in Sioux Falls.

Prior to the Make a-Wish event that concluded Friday nights events, the bull riding fans assembled at the New Frontier Arena were treated to exciting bull riding action courtesy of the regions high school bull riding champs.

The three-man team from Wyoming kept up a tradition by finishing on top for the second time in two years. Shadd Frederick of Hallday, ND had the individual high score on the night, which earned him a $1,000 scholarship. The South Dakota team consisting of Justin Long, Red Cloud; Cory Stevenson, Buffalo; and Austin Gourneau, Lower Brule finished in second place. North Dakota came in third followed by the Iowa team. Montana, Nebraska, and Minnesota bull riders were unable to accept the invitation this year.

Following the Future Champions event, 18 bull riders from the Northern Tour took their turn at the bulls. Local riders competing Friday night included Evan Brakke and Eric Diehm. Brakke scored a 70 in his first ride and made it into the short go. Diehm didnt earn a qualifying ride.

The main bull riding event Saturday night brought in 25 bull riders, all vying for part of the $4,000 added purse. Heading into the short go Charlie Zoss and Josh Nixon were tied for first place with scores of 85. Josh Tomerus of North Daktoa had a score of 80. The bulls were hard to stay with during the short go and only one rider earned a qualifying ride. Tomerus took the top prize with a short go score of 88 to add to his long go ride. In addition to his cash prize he was awarded a handcrafted trophy plaque made by Dennis Uthe of Knothead Woodworks, Sioux Falls.

All the bulls in the bull lottery were sold and paid out six places. Splitting the first place bull was Wes Moore and Tammy Griffith and the Texas BS team.

Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band entertained both nights at the New Frontier RV Park. The dance came to an early end Saturday night due to a rainstorm that came through the area.

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