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Bulldog rodeo finishes fall rodeo season

The Fall rodeo season came to a close in Dillon this past weekend.


DILLON, Mont., October 5th, 2015 – The University of Montana Western rodeo teams wrapped up their Fall rodeo season at home on a wet, cold and disappointing weekend.

The Montana Western men entered the weekend sitting atop the Big Sky Region, with a team total of 2,135.5 points and a small lead over second place Montana State University. By the end of the three-day rodeo, Montana State had taken over the top-spot in the Big Sky region and the Bulldogs had dropped to second in the region after finishing in third place, 20 points behind second place Miles City Community College.

For the women, they entered the weekend sitting second in the Big Sky Region, 600 points behind Montana State. After the Bulldogs were unable to score a single point in the rodeo, the Bobcat rodeo team stretched their lead to more than 1,200 points. Despite the setback, Montana Western still sits in second place, 400 points ahead of the University of Great Falls, who placed second in the weekends’ rodeo.

Bull rider Ruger Piva finished the Fall rodeo season as strong as he started it, by winning the average and scoring 170 points, adding to his Big Sky Region lead. Piva was the only competitor to have two qualifying rides on the weekend.

Tristan Hanser scored 160 team points and finished second in bareback, keeping pace with Big Sky leader Wyatt Bloom from Montana State. Hansen is also in second place in the region.

Dillon, Mont. native Holden Garrison scored 50 team points in steer wrestling and moved himself into the fifth position of the region heading into the spring.

College National Finals Rodeo competitor Tyler Friend continued his strong season as he won the saddle bronc and is sitting third in the Big Sky, behind the leader and fellow Bulldog, Phil Shields.

Other notable performances from the weekend came from Carson Clements (4th in bareback), Dakota Munns (3rd in saddle bronc), Jake Worthen and Colin Moore (4th in team roping) and Cleve Spang (3rd in bull riding).

Despite not scoring any points in the final fall rodeo, a few Montana Western women remain towards the top of their respective events in the Big Sky Region for the second place Bulldogs; Connlee Gray (3rd in barrels and 11th in breakaway), Darby Yaeger (3rd in breakaway and 11th in goat tying) and Tess Turk (4th in goat tying).