“I knew that horse was pretty good,” Crowser said after riding a mount called Captain Insano. “I didn’t know how good, but apparently it was really good.” So was Crowser’s impromptu landing.
Instead of grabbing onto a pickup riders’ hand, Crowser ended up flying off his ride and landed awkwardly in the dirt, losing one of his boots in the process.
“That wasn’t really planned,” he said with a smile. “I was kind of on my way down anyway, so I just bailed. Sometimes it works and this time it didn’t. It looked horrible.”
When told the fans ate it up, Crowser quickly responded, “I’m a crowd pleaser.” Crowser did not have any time to celebrate. He planned on driving through the night to be in Oregon for another rodeo this evening.
Interestingly enough, Crowser’s score was the only one of the evening that topped Monday’s leaders. In many cases, Tuesday night provided a lot of near misses, with top times and totals and in some cases just near misses with the animals.
Bull rider John Andersen had his head stepped on and narrowly escaped major injury.
The Viborg cowboy was attempting to ride a bull named Spanky’s Ladder.
“He jerked me and I thought I was going to take a horn right in the face,” Andersen noted. “I tried to sit up and get by and I didn’t get by there.
All of a sudden, I felt him step right past my shoulder onto my helmet. It got pretty close, I guess.”
The bull ended up busting a bracket off of Andersen’s face mask.
That incident was just part of the job hazards according to Andersen, who has already suffered a broken leg, two broken wrists and been knocked unconscious twice.
“You just have to try as hard as you can every time you get on and not worry about that stuff,” Andersen said. “You won’t ride very many bulls if you start thinking about that stuff.”
So what would possess grown men to drive through the night for the chance to risk life and limb each time they perform?
Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Hall of Famer Paul Tierney tried to explain it after the 60-year-old competed in the team roping on Tuesday.
“In order to do this thing that we do, it really is a passion that is much below the surface of a person,” said Tierney, a two-time World Champion cowboy who now lives in Oral. “It really gets down into your being and your heart. I just love to rope and I love to compete.”
It is likely the same reason that 54-year-old J.B. Lord was selected as the All-Around champion after competing during the Dacotah Stampede.
Brent Sutton of Onida said that rodeo is something of a brotherhood compared to other sports. Sutton was part of Sully Buttes basketball teams that played in state tournaments at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. He had the second-best times in the tie down roping and steer wrestling on Tuesday.
“I’d say the only difference, other than the competition, is that you’re alright withsomebody else winning and doing good. You go to bat for each other and help each other out in rodeo,” said Sutton.
Perhaps one of the common bonds is knowing that risk is always right around the corner.
“It’s all part of it,” Sutton said. “There’s danger, but you just have to try to avoid it the best you can and when it happens you just have to bounce back.” Sutton did notice one huge similarity to his basketball days and his time in rodeo in the Hub City.
“Aberdeen always has a good crowd whether it’s rodeo or basketball,” he said. “It’s enjoyable to come and perform in front of them.”
79—Mark Kenyon, Hayti.
76—John Addison, Midland. 56—Brian Leddy, Roll, Okla.
Payoff: 1, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., $684.00; 2, Mark Kenyon, Hayti, $513.00; 3, (tie) Jordan Dennis Pelton, Halliday, N.D., $256.50, and John Addison, Midland, $256.50.
TIE DOWN ROPING
:10.1—Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche. :10.8—Brent Sutton, Onida.
:10.9—Corey Cronin, Gettysburg. :11.8—Rex Treeby, Hecla.
:12.4—Jess Woodward, Dupree.
:13.2—Jase Clark, Wessington.
:15.7—Drew Cowan, Highmore.
Tuesday Morning Slack
:9.3—Chris Neal, Muldrow, Okla.
:9.4—P.J. Spencer, Collinsville, Okla. :9.5—Cole Hatzenbuehler, Solen, N.D.
:9.7—Clay Cowan, Highmore.
:10.7—Corey Bevan, Carievale, Saskatchewan, Canada. :11.2—Scott Shelton, Mount Vernon,
:11.4—Deon Dorsey, Isabel.
:12.2—Jeremy Kempker, Eugene,
:16.0—Seth Murphy, South Heart,
N.D. :19.8—Jade Lyon, Meadow.
No Time: Trevor Hupp, Huron; Dan Bishoff, Cogswell, N.D.; Ower Fagerhaug, Plankinton; Travis Cowan, Highmore; Tyler Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs.
Payoff: 1, Clint Kindred, Oral, $936.70; 2, Chris Neal, Muldrow, Okla., $775.20; 3, P.J. Spencer, Collinsville, Okla., $613.70; 4, Cole Hatzenbuehler, Solen, N.D., $425.20; 5, Clay Cowan, Highmore, $290.70; 6, Jeremy Olson, Cottage Grove, Wis., $161.50.
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
83—Troy Crowser, Whitewood.
81—Cole Elshere, Faith.
79—Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, N.D. 78—Jesse Bail, Camp Crook.
77—Chase Kukuchka, Dickinson, N.D. 77—Chuck Schmidt, Keldron.
76—Jeremy Means, Eagle Butte.
75—Lane Stirling, Buffalo.
73—Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec.
65—Travis Escott, Faith.
56—Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa.
No Score: Riley Knoll, Mandan, N.D., Ren Stokes McCoid, Buffalo.
Payoff: 1, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, $957.60; 2, Cole Elshere, Faith, $718.20;
3, Ty Thompson, Wamblee, $478.80; 4, Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, N.D., $239.40.
:4.8—Casey Cronin, Gettysburg.
:5.2—Brent Sutton, Onida.
:6.6—Trevor Haake, Grand Island, Neb.
No Time: Ryan Richardson, Long Valley; Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.; Joe Gesinger, White River; Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook; Reed Petersek, Colome.
Payoff: 1, J.B. Lord, Sturgis, $874.00; 2, Sam Arndorfer, Baldwin, N.D., $655.50; 3, Casey Cronin, Gettysburg, $437.00; 4, (tie) Cole Fulton, Miller, $109.25, and Brent Sutton, Onida, $109.25.
:6.7—Dana Sippel, Pierpont, and Travis Johnson, Sisseton.
:9.9—Cole Morgan and Jess Morgan, Ada, Okla.
No Time: Jeff Johnson, Thedford, Neb., and Dustin Harris, O’Neill, Neb.; Shaw Loiseau, Colman, and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont; Travis Cowan and Drew Cowan, Highmore; Jake Longbrake, Dupree, and Kaden Deal, Cherry Creek; Tyrell Moody, Letcher, and Elliott Gourneau, Kennebec; Ryan Harris, Highmore, and Bobby Harris, Gillette, Wyo.; A.J.
Zieman, Sheyenne, N.D., and Luke Morast, Halliday, N.D.,; Micah Eveland, Backus, Minn., and Brett Grinager, Parkers Prairie, Minn.
Payoff: 1, Cody Graham, Everton, Mo., and Jason Thompson, Ozark, Mo., $1,102.00; 2, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D., and Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., $826.50; 3, Dusty Forre, Newman Grove, Neb., and Troy Hermelbracht, Homer, Neb., $551.00; 4, Dana Sippel, Pierpont, and Travis Johnson, Sisseton, $275.50.
GIRLS’ BARREL RACING
:15.11—Nikki Cronin, Gettysburg.
:15.39—Melodi Christensen, Kennebec.
:15.49—Sindi Jandreau, Kennebec.
:16.46—Tamra Musick, Virgil.
:16.48—Karissa Gipple, Merrill, Wis.
:20:48—Jill Moody, Letcher.
:20.53—Kristin Van Der Geest, Merrill, Wis.
:20.73—Karin Greff, Wessington Springs.
:27.09—Margo Ransom, Paola, Kan.
Tuesday Morning Slack
:15.01—Tera Moody, Letcher.
:15.92—Kylee Habeck, Aberdeen. :16.55—Arial Swallow, Okreek.
:19.63—Hallie Fulton, Miller.
:20.16—Mackenzie Weber, New Rockford, N.D.
:20.37—Pamela Hannum, Fort Pierre. :20.45—Kaycee Bergeleen, Wessington Springs.
:20.50—Heidi Schmidt, Belfield, N.D.
Payoff: 1, Sue Berg, Bloomington, Minn., $666.42; 2, Tera Moody, Letcher, $579.50; 3, Nikki Cronin, Gettysburg, $492.57; 4, Wendy Bechen, Rapid City, $405.65; 5, Krista Graff, Ainsworth, Neb., $318.72; 6, (tie) Jessica Routier, Buffalo, $188.33, and Melodi Christensen, Kennebec, $188.33; 8, Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., $57.95.
81—Dylan Madsen, Rapid City.
78—Tyson Donovan, Sturgis.
76—Jayden Hansen, Gettysburg.
73—Tate Hins, Huron.
No Score: Garrett Vig, Newell; Rorey Maier, Timber Lake; Dane Maher, Eagle Butte; Casey Stirling, New Underwood; Taylor Cowan, Fort Pierre; Allen Auer, Whitewood; Cody Bullock, Rapid City; Bucky Kukla, Killdeer, N.D.; Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, N.D.; John Andersen, Viborg.
Payoff: 1, Andrew Coughlin, Timber Lake, $988.00; 2, Dylan Madsen, Rapid City, $741.00; 3, Tyler Stoltz, Kalona, Iowa, $494.00; 4, (tie) Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo., $82.33, Jared Schaefer, Leola, $82.33, and Tyson Donovan, Sturgis, $82.33.
MONDAY’S RESULTS BAREBACK RIDING 80, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.; 76, Jordan Dennis Pelton, Halliday, N.D.; 74, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.; 72, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D.; 72, Thomas Ladd Kronberg, Forbes, N.D.; 64, Austin Martin, Grand Forks, N.D.
TIE-DOWN ROPING :9.1, Clint Kindred, Oral; :9.8, Jeremy Olson, Cottage Grove, Wis.; :9.9, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D.; :10.0, Justin Scofield, Volga; :12.9, Billy Boldon, Oglala; :16.0, Brady Graff, Ainsworth, Neb.
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
80, Ty Thompson, Wanblee; 77, Ryan Elshere, Elm Springs; 76, Jade Blackwell, Rapid City; 75, J.J. Elshere, Hereford; 75, Wade Yost, Ree Heights; 73, Jordan Corrigan, Toddville, Iowa; 70, Hugh Connolly, Golden Valley, N.D.; 69, Louie Brunson, Interior; 65, Kirk Nelson, Branson, Mo.
:3.8, J.B. Lord, Sturgis; :4.6, Sam Arndorfer, Baldwin, N.D.; :5.2, Cole Fulton, Miller; :5.5, Clint Nelson, Philip; :.6.2, Jim P. Thomas, Flandreau; :6.9, Clay Cowan, Highmore; :14.0, Daniel Morton Jr., Winthrop, Minn.
:4.7, Cody Graham, Everton, Mo./ Jason Thompson, Ozark, Mo.; :5.7, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D./Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb.; :5.9, Dusty Forre, Newman Grove, Neb./Troy Hermelbracht, Homer, Neb.; :10.1, Drew Gartner, Killder, N.D./Ross Carson, Killdeer.
:14.81, Sue Berg, Bloomington, Minn.; :15.25, Wendy Bechen, Rapid City; :15.27, Krista Graff, Ainsworth, Neb.; :15.39, Jessica Routier, Buffalo; :15.42, Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D.; :15.70, Kat Thompson, Tecumseh, Okla.; :19.93, Desirae Weigel, Bismarck, N.D.; :20.57, Deena Graves, Upton, Wyo.; :25.50, Karleen Weigel, Napoleon, N.D.; :27.72, Amy Holmes, Rapid City.
82, Andrew Coughlin, Timber Lake; 81, Tyler Stoltz, Kalona, Iowa; 80, Clay Hindman, Pierre; 78, Jared Schaefer, Leola; 72, Jake Waring, Ree Heights.