An exciting new event at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo will be the Battle of the Borders, Saddle Bronc Futurity. Futurities are popping up as the best opportunity to watch top contestants challenge stock contractors top horses. Saddle Bronc riding is rodeo’s oldest event. They recreate the classic battle of cowboys of yesterday, competing on tough broncs when their outfits met up.
Thirty of the top Saddle Bronc riders will compete for $13,000 in purse money. Thirty of the top saddle bronc horses will compete to accumulate team points for their owners for a money purse of $30,000. The top ten cowboys will advance to the short round to compete on each contractor’s top horse.
The event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The action starts at 5 p.m. with a Calcutta. selling the 30 contestants and the 10 stock contractor horse teams. The 10 contestants in the short go will be sold during the event.
Stock contractors with ten futurity horse teams representing the United States include Powder River Rodeo, Rock Springs, WY; Burch Rodeo, Gillette, WY; Sutton Rodeo, Onida, SD and Mosbrucker Rodeo, Mandan, ND. Teams from Canada include –C5, Lac La Biche, Alberta; Outlaw Buckers, Hythe, Alberta; and Vold/Kling/Waagen, DeWinton, Alberta.