Killdeer’s Riley Blankenship holds a one-point lead in the Bull Riding event

Nearing the completion of the first go round of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyo., Killdeer’s Riley Blankenship holds a one-point lead in the Bull Riding event.

Posted July 17, 2013

Blankenship saw action this first day of Nationals on Sunday during the week-long event and scored 79 points. Currently in second is Dallas Rohrig of Rifle, Colo. Jake Gowdy of Bristow, Okla., and Bryce Burnell of Arvada, Wyo., are tied for third with 76 points each.

First-round action finished Wednesday morning.

Blankenship’s second go round is scheduled for Saturday morning. Blankenship won the North Dakota State Finals Rodeo Bull Riding event held in Bowman last month.

Jake Benson of Dunn Center was scheduled for his first bull ride Wednesday morning and his second bull ride Wednesday evening.

Wyatt Bice of Killdeer qualified for two events, taking first place in Tie Down Roping and Team Roping (with Joe Nelson) at the State High School Rodeo Finals last month. Bice competed Monday morning in Tie Down Roping and will have his second go round Friday evening. Bice and Nelson competed Tuesday evening in Team Roping with their second chance scheduled for Thursday morning.

Incoming sophomore Hayes Lemieux of Killdeer teamed with Seth Indergard to qualify for Nationals with a third-place showing in Team Roping at the state finals. There first run was Monday morning with their second chance to score points scheduled for Friday evening.

Another sophomore, Lakken Bice, qualified in Pole Bending by placing second at the state finals. She was in action Monday evening and will take her second turn Friday morning.

Rankings of other North Dakota Cowboys and Cowgirls at Nationals so far include:

· Jerald Berger, Mandan, 21st in Bareback Riding with 46 points;

· Kit Miller, Amidon, 19th in Goat Tying with a score of 8.58;

· Leah Voigt, Beulah, 19th in Pole Bending with a score of 20.542;

· Boyd Stroh, Dickinson, 15th in Saddle Bronc Riding with a score of 44;

· Layton and Ryder Bohlman, Richardton, 15th in Team Roping with a score of 9.79;

· Sam Jorgenson, Watford City, 20th in Girls Cutting with a score of 140;

· Saige Feilmeier, Watford City, 20th in Girls Cutting with a score of 140.

Nearing the mid-point of Nationals, Texas holds a commanding lead in the team standings with 2,540 points followed by Idaho (1,570 points) and Oklahoma (1,455 points). North Dakota is ranked 21st with 557.2 points.

Texas and Oklahoma lead the Boys State Standings with 1,530 and 1,090 points, respectively. North Dakota is ranked 21st with 315 points. In the Girls State Standings, Texas also leads with 1,010 points followed by Iowa with 815. North Dakota ranks 16th with 242.2 points.

The National High School Finals Rodeo concludes Saturday.


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