Northern Bull Riding Tour again in Philip
The annual Northern Bull Riding Tour performance was Saturday, August 6, at the Philip Roping Arena.
Out of the 20 competitors, the long go was won by Jeff Bertus, Avon. The other top three riders were Clay Hindman, Belvidere, Jay Dunford, Menoken N.D., and Jake Waring, Ree Heights. To round out six riders for the short go, two riders were brought up on time, Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, and T.R. Stirling, Newell.
The short go ending with Bertus taking the top spot, and Dillman claiming second place. Bertus won the $1,500 added purse plus fees. The audience was estimated at 250 people.
All proceeds from th RBRT went to the special weekend for Make-A-Wish children and their families at the Northern Bull Riding Tour finals, Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the Sioux Falls Arena.
The bulls were provided by Bierema Rodeo Company, Ron Volmer and many other contractors. The local event was sponsored by the Haakon/Jackson County Fair, Philip Livestock Auction, Kennedy Implement, First National Bank in Philip, and Spader RV Center of Sioux Falls.
For the second year, the now annual High School Invitational matched bronc ride was held between round one and round two of the bull riding. Of the 14 cowboys competing, Bodhi Lytle, Quinn, rode the best ride. He won the bronc saddle made by Westree and Jones Saddlery, sponsored by Schofield Trucking, Jorgensen Trucking, O'Conner Trucking and Maglkey Trucking. The second place bronc rider was Wyatt Kammerer, Philip.
Brandon West, organizer for the bronc ride, said, "I thought it was a great turn out. I know the kids enjoyed being able to ride great bucking horses. It looked like everybody enjoed the High School Invitational matched bronc ride."
Previously, at noon, a bucking bull futurity was held featuring yearling and two-year olds. Classic and maturity was held during the evening performances. Young cowboys and cowgirls competed in pony rides. Before the competitions, a burger bust was offered just outside the arena.