Black Hills Stock Show
¿ Sixteen-time world champion Trevor Brazile made the trek of more than 1,000 miles from Texas to Rapid City last week because the timed-event titles were decided on one head this year, placing a premium on putting up fast times. Brazile’s 7.8-second run won the tie-down roping, and the $4,621 he collected for that stood up to make him the rodeo’s allaround champion, as well.
¿ Other champions included steer wrestler Seth Murphy of South Heart, N.D.
(3.5 seconds); saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere of Faith (86 points); and bull riders Garrett Vig of Newell and Allen Helmuth of Eugene, Ore. (81 points each).
¿ Jim and Julie Sutton of Onida were honored in the arena Feb. 2 on the occasion of their 35th anniversary as producers of the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. During the Suttons’ tenure, the rodeo has 10 times been nominated as the PRCA Indoor Rodeo of the Year, winning the award in 2002 and 2003.
¿ Organizers are still sifting through data, but are optimistic that they have surpassed their attendance record. Civic Center Manager Brian Maliske estimates more than 333,000 fans visited the BHSSR this year, breaking the record of 320,000 set in 2009, with an estimated economic impact of $45 million.