Rough stock spotlight for August 10-11 in Marshall, Minnesota
By Gretchen Kirchmann
The Lyon County Fair & PRCA Rodeo kicks off in Marshall, Minnesota with two performances August 10-11, 2017. The spotlighted rough stock cowboys and Barnes PRCA Rodeo animal athletes to watch Thursday and Friday night in Southeastern Minnesota are listed below.
Bareback horse 6A0,Gilbert, is having a nice rookie year. The bay horse is home-raised from the Rafter B Bar Ranch breeding program. Joe Gunderson from Gettysburg, South Dakota will have a rematch. In early June he split 3/4 place on Gilbert in Cherokee, Iowa.
South Dakota State University alum Nick Schwedhelm, a former member of the SDSU rodeo team, drew 6S9 Spooner's Best. Schwedhelm came up through the Iowa High School Rodeo Association ranks. The bareback horse is named after the Spooner, Wisconsin "Heart of the North Rodeo". The horse won his namesake rodeo in 2016.
Saddle Bronc Rider Dawson Jandreau from Kennebec, South Dakota drew 5X0 Call Me Swammi. "Dawson is an WNFR (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo)caliber saddle bronc rider. He drew a nice horse so that should transfers into a potential high score," stated Barnes.
Jade Blackwell from Rapid City drew 3I9 Barry Crossin' a WNFR nominated horse. Barnes said, "The matchup is a nice bronc rider on a WNFR nominated horse, Great Lakes Circuit Finals horse that was also selected to go to the RAM National Circuit Finals. "
Eagle Butte cowboy, Jeremy Means has 5H0 Bailamos. The horse's name means "dance with me." According to Barnes, the mare is a money draw and will let her rider "dance with her" to the pay window. Bailamos was the high marked bronc of the 63rd annual Buffalo Championship Rodeo in Buffalo, Minnesota this past June.
Ty Thompson from Wanblee, South Dakota has drawn, 6Y2, Shimabuckaroo. The gray mare is a granddaughter of Barnes PRCA Rodeo company's foundation sire Boy Ballou. The mare is in her rookie season on the string. Her grandfather made several NFR appearances during his career. The hype of the solar eclipse next week has a prelude with J.J. Elshere from Hereford, South Dakota. Eleshere drew, 5K2, Moon Dance. According to Barnes, "WNFR cowboy on a nice gray horse." Elshere is a 4x WNFR qualifier and won the 2006 WNFR average title.
A teenage matchup is Chance Masters from Leon, Iowa and 16-year-old bronc , 4Z2, Buffalo Zinger. Masters and his traveling partner Tegan Smith are both standout Iowa High School Rodeo contestants who recently competed at the National High School Rodeo Finals (NHSRF) and also at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in the Rookie Saddle Bronc Riding last month. Masters won the 2nd go-round of the NHSRF and finished third in the nation overall. Smith from Winterset drew, 4L1, Phillip Scott. He is currently among the top 15 in the 2017 RAM Rodeo Permit Standings - Saddle Bronc Riding and finished fifth in the nation at the NHSRF.
The solid livestock management program of 67 years from the Barnes PRCA Rodeo company is ran by Marty Barnes and his son Westin Barnes. "The longevity of our animals comes from three factors - genetics, nutrition and management of that animal's career," stated Marty Barnes. Both father and son, second and third generation stock contactors, received their Bachelors of Science degrees from Iowa State University in animal science.