An exciting new event at this year's Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo will be the Battle of the Borders, Saddle Bronc Futurity. Futurities are popping up across the United States and Canada as the best opportunity to watch top contestants challenge stock contractors top horses. Saddle Bronc riding is rodeo's oldest event. They recreate the classic battle of cowboys of yesterday, competing on tough broncs when their outfits met up.
Thirty of the top Saddle Bronc riders will compete for $13,000 in purse money. Thirty of the top saddle bronc horses will compete to accumulate team points for their owners for a money purse of $30,000. The top ten cowboys will advance to the short round to compete on each contractor's top horse.
Stock contractors with ten futurity horse teams representing the United States include Powder River Rodeo, Rock Springs, WY; Burch Rodeo, Gillette, WY; Sutton Rodeo, Onida, SD and Mosbrucker Rodeo, Mandan, ND. Teams from Canada include -C5, Lac La Biche, Alberta; Outlaw Buckers, Hythe, Alberta; and Vold/Kling/Waagen , DeWinton, Alberta.
Contestants include all five of the Wright brothers from Milford, UT including World Champions Cody & Jesse Wright and Cody's son Rusty, the 2012 National High School Finals World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. They will be joined by World Champion Taos Muncy of Corona, NM and an all star line up of NFR and Badland Circuit Finals champions.
The event takes place Tues. January 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The action starts at 5:00 p.m. with a Calcutta selling the 30 contestants and the 10 stock contractor horse teams. The 10 contestants in the short go will be sold during the event.
Winning horses from this kickoff event, qualify for the season finale held in Las Vegas, NV in December at the Southpoint Hotel and Casino.
Announcing the action will be PRCA Announcer of the Year, Wayne Brooks of Lampasas, TX. Rodeo entertainment includes 2012 PRCA Clown of the Year, Justin Rumford, Ponca City, OK!
Tickets available at http://www.gotmine.com; 1-800-GOT-MINE; at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office, kiosks, or Silverado in Deadwood, SD.