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Monday Memo

Western Rodeo Has Strong Performance at Montana State Spring Rodeo

 Bozeman, Mont. – The Montana Western rodeo teams were back in action this past weekend at Montana State for two rodeos. After dominating for most of the fall season, the Bulldogs didn’t show any signs of rust after the long winter layoff, winning four individual events in the first rodeo and five individual events in the second rodeo. The women’s team won the second rodeo, and both teams currently sit second in the Big Sky Region. 
In the first rodeo of the weekend, the men’s team finished second, and the women’s team finished third. “We had a great start our first weekend out,” said an excited Coach Iola “Olie” Else.

Riding broncs and bulls that have beenthe National Final Rodeo, Western riders dominated the rough stock. Tanner Butner won the saddle bronc with a total score of 144. Tristan Hansen won the bareback with a score on 223 and Talon Schneiter finished a close third at 203 points.  

“We are unbelievably strong in the rough stock. Tristan, Brody Smith, and Talon looked terrific,” stated Olie, “they and made a tremendous move in the regional standings this week, I couldn’t have three better bareback riders.”

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In the timed events Garrett Mussman finished fifth in the tie-down, Jake Worthen and Holden Garrison finished 5-6 in steer wrestling , and in the team roping competition Lawrence and Matthew Lesofski partnered for fourth place finish while heeler Wyatt Griffith and his partner captured the title with a time of 19.7 seconds on two runs.

In a blazing barrel racing competition, Conlee Gray took third with a time of 30.82 seconds and teammate Callie Wollenburg finished in seventh, just .17 seconds behind with a time of 30.99 seconds.

Olivia Cook was fourth in the breakaway with a time of 6.5 seconds, Tori Lewis won the goat tying with a time of 15.4 on two head, and Tess Turk placed third with 15.8 seconds.

For complete first rodeo results click HERE

The buckles and the checks kept coming Western’s way in the second rodeo of the weekend as the men’s team finished second to Northwest College and the women’s team won, beating out Montana State by 18.5 points. “I can’t even tell how excited I am,” said Olie, “our girls have been amazing.” Western cowboys and cowgirls captured five individual titles in the second competition.

Butner won the single head saddle bronc competition with a score of 76. Connor Murnion and Will Shirley also covered their broncs, finishing in fifth and sixth place. “Tanner was the star this weekend dominated the bronc riding,” stated Olie.

Schneiter continued his hot streak, winning the bareback with a ride of 75, and Hansen finished second with a 70 point ride. Rugar Piva took second in the bull riding, posting a score of 80.

Mussman won the tie-down roping with a time of 8.8 seconds, and Cyris Robertson took fifth with a 9.9 second run.

Holden Garrison won the steer wrestling with a time 4.6 seconds. Alonzo Skunk Cap was the top team roping header with a 6.0 second run, and Wyatt Griffith was the second place heeler recording  a time of 6.4 seconds.

In the barrels competition was tight again as 0.34 seconds separated the top eight contestants. Callie Wolenburg took second with a 15.26 second run, and Gray placed third turning in a time of 15.30 seconds.

Madison Sorden and Marlee Mussman finished in the breakaway roping 1-2 with times of 2.0 and 2.3 seconds respectively. Turk and Lorrie Smith tied for fourth place in the goat tying with times of 8.1 seconds.

Schneiter finished second and Hansen third in the men’s all-around race, and Turk finish second in the women’s all-around battle, missing first by just 25 points.

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 For complete second rodeo results click HERE

 “We have tremendous talent, we are right where we need to be. If we can stay healthy we will have a great (spring) season and be in the 1-2 spots to go to the college finals,” said coach Olie. 

The Western men currently sit in second place in the region with 3,196.50 points, just 91.5 points behind Northwest College, and 564 points ahead of Montana State.

The women sit comfortably in second place, 1347.5 points ahead of third place, and 786 points behind top team Montana State. The top two men’s and women’s teams at the end of the spring qualify for the College National Finals.  

For Complete Region standings click HERE

The rodeo team will take a week off before heading to Glendive, Mont. on April 20-21 and Miles City, Mont. April 22-23 for back-to-back rodeos.