It was a beautiful night last Saturday, as the White River rodeo arena hosted the third annual Saddle Bronc Chute-Out, sponsored by the Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition.
The stakes were high, with a record 26 riders competing for $7,600 in total prize money. Thirteen of those riders placed in the money during the first round of riding. A high score or 74 gave Tate Longbrake of Dupree, S.D., the top check of $550.
Seth Schaeffer of Torrington, Wyo., went into the second round with a second place score of 73 and a check for $475. Rounding out the top three was Derek Kenner of Wood Lake, Neb., who won $450 for his third place score of 70.
“Our goal was for the top 12 riders in the first round to at least take home enough prize money to reimburse them for their entry fee,” organizer Joyce Glynn said. “Sitting in 12th place would have paid $125, but we had a tie, so 12th and 13th places each still got $62.50, plus a chance at more prize money in the second round.”
Local cowboys Bill Chauncey and Ben Adrian didn’t fare as well. Chauncey, still sore and bruised from a mishap at the State High School Finals one week earlier, couldn’t get a good hold and was bucked off early in his ride. Adrian just missed the 8-second buzzer when he lost a stirrup. However, both are continuing their pursuits this summer, and said they will be back at the Chute-Out next year.
Of the thirteen riders who moved into the final round, six made qualified rides and took home additional checks. Seth Schaeffer won this round with a 77 score, good enough for an additional $1,000 added to his total winnings. Tate Longbrake came in second with a 73 for an additional $800 prize. Joe Wilson scored a close third place, at 72, but enough to get that round’s third place prize of $650.
Round One total results:
1st Tate Longbrake, score 74, $550;
2nd Seth Schaeffer, 73, $475;
3rd Derek Kenner, 70, $450;
4th Dillon Ducheneaux, 69, $425;
5/6, Will Schaeffer, 68, $375;
5/6, Joe Wilson, 68, $375;
7th, Jake Moreland, 67, $300;
8th, Eric Addison, $250;
9/10, Shadow Jensen, 63, $243.75;
9/10, Bodhi Lytle, 63, $243.75;
11th, Wyatt Clark, 61, $150;
12/13, Jake Tescher, 60, $62.50;
12/13, Whit Peterson, 60, $62.50.
Round Two total results:
1st Seth Schaeffer, 77, $1,000;
2nd Tate Longbrake, 73, $800;
3rd Joe Wilson, 72, $650;
4/5/6 Dillon Ducheneaux, $416.66;
4/5/6 Will Schaeffer, 65, $416.66;
4/5/6 Eric Additon, 65, $416.66.
A few new events were on the agenda this year, including Mini-Broncs for youth ages 7-14, and Mutton Bustin’ for youth ages 5-6.
Mutton Busters, who all rode for a prize, were Kaylee and Blake Tostenson of Pierre, Brayden Battershaw and Kallie Kenner of Wood Lake, Kason Barry of Union Center, Benjamin Dolloff of Murdo, Daniel Hart of Mission, and White River riders Jace Hutchinson, Chaela and Mikaela O’Leary, Hazen Schmidt, Adrik Schoon, and Taten and Treston Hill.
A thrilling new event was the Mini-Bronc riding. The young contestants were scored, based on how long they stayed on the ponies, and how much the pony bucked. All contestants were awarded a prize, and the two top contenders were given a Championship and Reserve Championship belt buckle.
The championship went to Chase Yellow Hawk of St. Francis, and the Reserve buckle was awarded to Rhone Schmidt of White River.
Other competitors in this event included Blake Henry of Rushville, Neb., Cooper West and Kaylor Pinney of Philip, Laila King of Reliance, Wyatt Cahoy and Linkyn Petersek of Colome, Tomas Wright, Tahner Hart and Garett Guerue of Mission, Christopher Ford of Rosebud, Ace Hahn of Martin, and Tyson Hill of White River.
The Saddle Bronc Chute-Out continues to grow, and as it does, the number of attendees who pledge to stay alcohol-free for the weekend also grows. This year, over 200 people made that pledge, and were treated with free root beer floats as a “thank you”, courtesy of the Wig Wam grocery and Coca-Cola.
This year’s event concluded with a dance in the bowery, with Twin River Band performing and entertaining the crowd.
Glynn said that with the support of the community, and the riders, their family is glad this is turning into an annual event.
“As with everything we do now,” she explained further, “we do it with an alcohol-free theme. We want everyone to have fun, and stay safe, and know that alcohol does not need to be a part of all their celebrations.”
The Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition was formed following the death of Michael Glynn in 2006, in an alcohol-related car crash the morning after his high school graduation from White River High School.