Mandan Saddle Club honors 2012 season champions
The Mandan Horse and Saddle Club honored member contestants for 2012 season achievements at a celebration Feb. 9 at the Seven Seas Inn. Awards are based on points earned at four rodeos held between June and September. Champions are as follows:
Senior Division (age 15 and older): All-Around – Ashley Brew, Manning; Reserve All-Around – Kristina Steckler, Bismarck; Barrel Racing – Lana Schmidt, Mandan; Breakaway Roping – Brandi Davidson, Mandan; Tie-Down Roping – Colt Roshau, Bismarck; Team Roping – Troy Backhaus, Bismarck; Pole Bending – Abby Knoll, Mandan; Goat Tying – Ashley Brew, Manning; Keyhole Race – Brittany Schock, Mandan.
Junior Division (ages 10 to 14): All-Around – Colton Backhaus, Bismarck; Reserve All-Around – Brooklyn Vollmer, Wing; Steer Riding – (tie) Colton Backhaus, Bismarck, and Trey Huber, Mandan; Barrel Racing – Brooklyn Vollmer, Wing; Breakaway Roping – Tyler Kress, Bismarck; Tie-Down Roping – Jordan Staton, Hickson; Pole Bending – Matteah Dworshak, Dickinson; Goat Tying – Colton Backhaus, Bismarck; Keyhole Race – Brooklyn Vollmer, Wing.
Beginner Division (ages 9 and under): All-Around – Cassidy Davidson, Mandan; Reserve All-Around – Coy Berreth, Mandan; Calf Riding – Nate Lillis, Mandan; Barrel Racing – Cassidy Davidson, Mandan; Dummy Roping – Coy Berreth, Mandan; Pole Bending – Cassidy Davidson, Mandan; Goat Tail Tying – Coy Berreth, Mandan; Keyhole Race – Haley Vollmer, Wing.
Open Division: Chute Dogging – Troy Backhaus, Bismarck; Pro-Am Team Roping – Colton Backhaus and Troy Backhaus, both of Bismarck.
Coy Berreth, Mandan, was honored with the Buddy Kahl Memorial Traveling “Beginner Persistent Rider” Trophy. The trophy is presented to the contestant in the age 9 and under division who earns the most points during the season, yet who did not win an all-around award at a rodeo.
Cassidy Davidson received the Becky Fisher Memorial Traveling Trophy as the contestant who earned the most points in timed and game events.
Club members also elected directors for the 2013 season as follows: Past President, Tammy Backhaus, Bismarck; President, Sara Vollmer, Wing; Vice President, Nita Tokach, St. Anthony; Arena Co-Directors, Nathan Strecker, Washburn, and John Schaffner, Bismarck; Treasurer, Robin Kress, Bismarck; Secretary, Jessica Balvitsch, Mandan; Directors-At-Large, Cody Fleck, Tammy Hopfauf, Ellen Huber, and Dave Nottestad, all of Mandan; and Youth Directors, Brooklyn Vollmer, Wing, and Rebecca Nottestad, Mandan.
Dates for 2013 rodeos are tentatively scheduled as June 8, July 6, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. High school rodeos are planned for Aug. 24-25 and a junior high rodeo is slated for Sept. 15.
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