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High school bronc ride added to bull ride event

The Northern Bull Riding Tour will be presented Saturday, August 7, as part of the Haakon/Jackson County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days.

As an extra feature, between the rounds of bull riding at the Philip Roping Arena, 16 West River high school bronc riding cowboys will also compete in their own event. Those teenage cowboys are experienced in saddle bronc riding competition. Most, if not all, have ridden in competition for the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association state finals. They practice every Wednesday evening at the roping arena in Philip. These young rodeo athletes are Jace Nelson, Travis Nelson, Wyatt Kammerer, Trey Fortune, Tucker McDaniel, Bodhi Lytle, Travis Schroth, Dillion Schroth, Kash Deal, Dexter Neterville, Ryan Kruze, Ren McCoid, Kolby Longbrake, Taygen Schuelke, Kole Wynia and Lane Hall.

"These young men are our local up-and-coming bronc riding talent," said Zack West, coordinator of the event. West hopes that the thrill of seeing these local, young cowboys in action will be appreciated by the rodeo audience and that it will become an annual draw for an even larger rodeo audience.