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Three days of perfect rodeo weather

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Tyler Berghuis riding Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Famous Nightlife Friday night.
Three days of perfect rodeo weather

By  Scott Hamilton
For the first time in years, the Licking PRCA Rodeo experienced three days of perfect weather. There were storms in the forecast for the final night, but not a drop of rain fell as the crowds enjoyed the event. For many more photos of the event please check out the Licking News homepage at http://www.thelickingnews.com. Be on the lookout for coverage of the Rodeo Downtown Saturday events in next week’s edition.
Each night of the rodeo featured a special event. On Thursday night there was free admission for kids 11-and-under and half-price admission for seniors. The featured local event of the night was tug-of-war between the Licking FFA and the Cowboys. Friday night was military appreciation night, honoring those who serve our country and fight for our freedom with a special opening ceremony.
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Military presentation of the colors during Friday’s opening ceremony. 
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Salute to our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

The night also featured a goat scramble for kids 5-years and under. Saturday night was Pink night and balloons were released in support of those fighting cancer and a calf scramble was held for kids between the ages of 6 and 11.
Each night started with Mutton Bustin’, where kids under the age of six attempted to ride a sheep. Some of these kids had better results than the pro bull rider’s at this year’s event. All of them enjoyed the ride, whether it was just a second after leaving the gate, or several seconds around the field. However, the highlight for most of the kids was the bounce houses, games and cotton candy.
The main rodeo events began nightly with bareback riding, with the best ride of the week given by Jesse Pope from Marshall, Mo., riding on Liberty Free, for a total of 85-points. Pope took home a prize of $993 on Friday night. Second place went to Tanner Aus of Granite Falls, Minn., who scored 84-points on Last Freckles for a prize of $752 Friday night. Third place winner Leighton Berry of Weatherford, Texas, rode Fire Freckles for a score of 83-points and a prize of $541. Paden Hurst of Cyprus, Texas, rode Night Gazer for a score of 82-points and won $361. Wyatt Ortega of Groveland, Fla., scored 81-points for a prize of $211 on Faded Buckle. Tyler Berghuis of Atwater, Minn. took home $150 for a 79-point ride on Famous Nightlife.
Steer wrestling this year resulted in a tie for first place between Logan Wiseman of Paola, Kan., competing on Thursday night, and J.W. Ery of Springfield, Tenn., competing on Saturday night. Both had a takedown of 4.4-seconds to claim a $978 prize. Third place went to Cody Gardener of Scottsburg, Ind., with a time of 4.6-seconds on Saturday night claiming $701. Justin Morehouse of Crawfordsville, Tenn., took home the $517 fourth place prize with a 4.8-second time. JC Duncan of Hazel, Ky., took home the $332 fifth place prize with a time of 4.9-seconds. Caleb Little of Dexter, Ky., took $184 for sixth place with a time of 5.0-seconds.
Payden Emmett of Ponca, Ark., teamed with Joe Day of Bernard, Iowa, to take first place in team roping with a time of 5.8-seconds, earning a prize of $1,188 each on Friday night. Zach Kilgus of Ocala, Fla., teamed with Jake Edwards of Fort Ann, N.Y., to take second with a time of 6.0-seconds, earning $891 each on Friday. Hadley DeShazo of Ash Flat, Ark., and Ryan Von Ahn, of Palmyra, Mo., took third with 6.6-seconds and earned $594 each on Thursday night. Teams Keith Hanna of Henryville, Ind., and Corey Barnett of Scottsburg, Ind., along with Jake Scott of Council Grove, Kan., and Jack Fletcher of Lansing, Kan., tied for fourth with a time of 7.6-seconds, taking $149 each.
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TJ Moore, Jr., riding Pickett Pro Rodeo’s saddle bronc Top Shelf Friday night.
Saddle bronc riding saw successful runs with riders placing each night. First place, Trent Burd of Fort Smith, Kan., earned 78-points on Pickett Pro Rodeo's Alive N Well for $993 on Friday night. Second place, Weston Pierschbacher of Kellerton, Iowa, earned 76-points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Blue Tooth for $752 on Friday night. Third place, Kirk Nelson of Branson, Mo., earned 73-points Saturday on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Shifter Extender for $541. Fourth place, Jacob Kammerer of Phillip, S.D., earned 71-points Thursday for $361 on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Faded Memories. Fifth place, Chance Masters of Leon, Iowa, earned 70-points on Thursday night for $211 on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Kattle Tracks. Sixth place, Jake Running Crow of Billings, Mont., earned 69-points on Thursday night for $150 on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Shifter Extender.
Tie-down roping was another event with a tie, in this case for fifth place. First place went to Roy Lee of Marshall, Mo., with a time of 9.2-seconds and a prize of $1,111. Second place went to Cody Huber of
Albia, Iowa, with a time of 9.4-seconds for $919. Third place went to Dawson Turner of Sidney, Ark., with a time of 9.5-seconds for $728. Fourth place went to Tanner Stec of Bassett, Neb., with a time of 10.5-seconds for $536. Ty Kirby of Liberal, Mo., and Chance Oftedahl of Pemberton, Minn., tied for fifth with a time of 11.0-seconds for $268 each.
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First place barrel racer Kiley Dalchow from Mayer, Minn., making her run Friday night.
Barrel racing was impacted by the flooding along the Missouri-Kansas border, which prevented several riders from making the trek to Licking. However, the riders that made the show put on a spectacular performance. There was another tie for first place between Haley Patterson of New Calisle, Ohio, and Kiley Dalchow of Mayer, Minn., with a time of 15.66-seconds and a prize of $792 each. Third place went to Angie Galliher of California, Mo., with a time of 15.71-seconds for $609. The fourth place winner, Cheyenne Schnelle of Golden City, Mo., crossed the line in 15.73 seconds for $528. Sissy Davie and Marne Loosenort tied for fifth place with a time of 15.82-seconds, taking a prize of $365 each. Kendall Gentry of Tell City, Ind., Maggie Goettelmann of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Sondra Conklin of Fayette, Mo., tied for seventh place with a time of 15.89-seconds and a prize of $176 each. Melora Potter of Marion, Ky., came in tenth at 15.98-seconds for $81.
The bulls were cantankerous this year, and only two riders were able to qualify; a majority of the others only remained on the bulls for less than two seconds. Championship Pro Rodeo’s Last Tangle was the only bull to allow a qualifying ride. The champion bull rider this year was Denton Fugate of Niangua, Mo., with 87-points, taking a cash prize of $2,309. Zach Peterson of Afton, Iowa, took second place with 79-points and a cash prize of $1,967. No other riders could claim prizes as the bulls came out the winners this year.
The All-around cowboy was Hadley DeShazo of Ash Flat, Ark., competing in both tie-down and team roping and taking third place in team roping for a prize of $594.
The total payoff at this year’s rodeo was $29,888. The Licking Chamber of Commerce would like to thank stock contractor Championship Pro Rodeo and sub-contractor Pickett Pro Rodeo for providing the stock for the three-night event. A special thanks to Rodeo secretary, Sandy Zibell; timers, Talli Berger and Sandy Zibell; announcer, Chris Pyle; rodeo clown, Brian Potter; bullfighters, Sylvan La Cross and Cody Patton; flankman: Cullen Pickett; chute boss, Rod McGinnis; pickup men: Brandon Harris and Tim Zibell and music director, Chris Pyle.


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