Northern Bull Riding Tour thrills audience

Top eight bull riders ... The Haakon/Jackson County Fair hosted the Northern Bull Riding Tour event in Philip on August 1. Back row, from left: Marshall Byrne, Jeff Assman, Tyrell Carson and Shawn Coleman. Front: Chris Kuemper, Clay Hindman (earned second place in short go), Casey Sterling and Taylor Cowan (took first place in short go).

Make-A-Wish youth and their families were aided in being able to attend the Northern Bull Riding Tour finals at Sioux Falls on October 4 and 5. Funding for this special weekend was added to by the bull riding event held in the Philip arena on Friday, August 1.

Thirty-four riders were on the roster for prizes at this first-time inclusion of bull riding during the Haakon/Jackson County Fair. Taylor Cowan of Ft. Pierre earned the top score of 78 in the first go. He then won the top score of 90 in the eight-rider short go. Clay Hindman of Belvidere tied for third with a score of 76 in the first go. He finished the short go with an 88 to claim second place. Only two cowboys finished their eight second rides in the short go.

The top eight to continue on from the first round were: Cowan - 78, Casey Sterling (Rapid City) - 77, Chris Kuemper (Ree Heights) - 76, Hindman - 76, Marshall Byrne (New Underwood) - 75, Jeff Assman (Onida) - 75, Tyrell Carson (Highmore) - 75 and Shawn Coleman who beat out the other riders. Over two-thirds of the original riders did not complete their first rides, yet entertained the audience with their attempts.

Kris Arthur, the only Philip bull rider in the event, earned a 73 in the first go. That was not good enough to make the short go. He returned to the sport Friday evening after being on the sidelines for what he thought was too long. When his ride was over, he was not hurt, though was shaking all over, especially his right leg.

"It's been three years, you know that?" exclaimed Arthur, grinning through the cooling sweat. "My wife asked if I was nervous. I told her that I had more anticipation for the adreniline rush." His wife, Leandra, and daughter, Tayanna, watched him ride.