Local standouts sitting high in the saddle after National Rodeo Finals

Dunn County Herald’s Nicole Nowitzki caught up to Killdeer’s Jr. High Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls to talk about their experience competing in the National Jr. High Rodeo Finals last week. We are printing their responses verbatim along with some actions shots from the event. The staff at the Dunn County Herald is proud of our area athletes and want to congratulate them on a job well done.

Tyler Hansen – I was proud to represent the state of North Dakota at the National Junior High Finals. I competed in the tie down roping, chute dogging, and ribbon roping. I ended up 5th in the nation in the ribbon roping. It was a great experience, and I enjoyed the chance to spend time with my teammates, meet new friends, and compete against kids from all over the country. I’m grateful for the support of my family and the community.
Cayden Kling – It was an honor to represent team North Dakota. I competed in the steers bareback riding. I ended up 20th in the nation. It was a great experience to compete against other people and meet new people. Thanks for all of the support from my family, my friends, and North Dakota!
Jayden Hicks – It was cool to represent North Dakota at Nationals. I competed in Bull riding. It was cool to compete. If I could do anything differently, I’d ride both of my bulls.
The North Dakota National Junior High School Rodeo Team.
Kelly Bang – I was very proud to be able to represent North Dakota at the Nation Finals Rodeo in my last year in Junior High rodeo. I competed in the rifle shoot, breakaway, and pole bending. My hard work over the years paid off, and I was humbled to be able to complete among the best of the best. I don’t think i would have done anything differently, although I didn’t perform as well as I was hoping. I met great people, and I feel as though I took full advantage of my national’s experience
Hunter Kluver – I felt good that I was representing North Dakota at Nationals. I made it to Nationals bull riding. I was excited and a little nervous competing. If I could do anything differently, I would have tried harder to ride my first bull.

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