Scotts Bluff County Fair opens with Rodeo: Jace Melvin of South Dakota takes top honors over two nights of competition
     2014-07-31      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Frost Wallace of Gering prepares to participate in the mutton musting competition during the Scottsbluff County Fair two-day rodeo. 
The Scotts Bluff County Fair opened on Friday with a two day rodeo. The fans did not let a brief rain storm dampen their enthusiasm as they arrived clad in cowboy hats and boots with western jeans.

The evening started with the mutton busting by the young children as they tried to stay on a sheep as long as possible. Some stayed on longer than others but all of them had a good time trying.

The stock provider was the Cervi Brothers. The overall winner of the two-night event was Jace Melvin of Fort Pierre S.D., who won $752 competing in two events tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Troy Pruitt of Gering was a local winner in the rodeo picking up a first place in the event and earning $696 with 9.8 seconds in tie down roping.

Rodeo Committee Chairman Dave Jackson said, “I hope that everyone that came and took a chance or came and watched the rodeo enjoyed themselves. We want everyone to have good time and be worth the trip. The committee works real hard to put on a decent show.”

The rest of the fair rodeo results by event are:

Bareback riding: 1. Jace Daly 75 points on White Eye $481, 2. Wyatt Clark 73 points $361, 3. Cheyenne Seymour 66 points $241, 4. Jeffery ZdZiarski 59 $120.

Steer wrestling: 1. Jace Melvin 4.8 seconds $752, 2. Tyler Schau 4.9 seconds $564, 3. Taz Olson 5.0 seconds $376, 4. Biff Swan 5.5 seconds $188.

Team roping: 1. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens 5.4 seconds $1,602 each, 2. Cale Markham/Chase Tryan, 5.6 seconds $1,325, 3. (tie) Jake Pancost/Austin Rogers and Tyson Holden/Clay Burnham 5.9 seconds $911 each, 5. (tie) J.B. Lord/Levi Lord, Garrett Grieve/Jason Furnival and Mark Morrison/Jesse Jolly 6.1 seconds $258 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jeff Willert 77 points on Precious Medal $572, 2. Jake Salcito 75 points $429, 3. (tie) Shorty Garrett and Tayte Clark 68 points $214 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Troy Pruitt 9.8 seconds $696, 2. Cole Robinson 10.7 seconds $522, 3. Treg Schaack 11.5 seconds $348, 4. Stuart Hoar 12.3 seconds $174.

Barrel racing: 1. Ashley Schafer 17.22 seconds $620, 2. MacKenzie Scott 17.39 seconds $540, 3. Gretchen Benbenek 17.44 seconds $459, 4. Lindsey Goulet 17.55 seconds $378, 5. Wanda Brown 17.57 seconds $297, 6. Alicia Eaves 17.82 seconds $216, 7. Jonee Crozier 17.83 seconds $135, 8. Heidi Tillard, 17.90 seconds $54.

Bull riding: 1. Clayton Savage 76 points on Twisted Pepper $496, 2. Dakota Seymour 71 points $372, no other qualified rides.

Total payoff: $22,405.

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