North Platte, Neb. (June 14, 2019) – A potential win in North Platte will get Blake Chauvin farther down the road.
The Raceland, Louisiana cowboy had a time of 7.8 seconds in the tie-down roping during the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, to tie for the lead in the second round in his event.
He rode a thirteen year old sorrel mare named Sister, who he purchased a year ago. The mare has been a blessing, he said. “She always works good, scores good, stops and pulls,” Chauvin said. Sister has her moments, though. “She’s a nag,” he said. “She can be mean sometimes, and sometimes she’s just the coolest horse to be around. It’s mood swings, I guess.”
A 2018 high school graduate, Chauvin, who is nineteen years old, began pro rodeo as soon as high school was over. He’s rodeoing fulltime, and a check from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo will help get him farther down the road.
But rodeo was not his first love. His granddad, Ridley Chauvin, was a tie-down roper and wanted his grandson to rope. Blake was not interested, choosing football instead. When he was fourteen years old, he got on a good horse and picked up a rope, and was hooked. “Grandpa roped calves all his life, and growing up, he always wanted me to rope. I didn’t want to rope at first. I just wanted to play football.” Once he started, “I’ve loved it since.”
Chauvin did well through the winter, rodeoing in the southeastern part of the U.S. The summer has been slow, though. “I’ve had a little rough start to the summer,” he said. The potential win in North Platte will get him started. “I had to get things going,” he said.
Like many other cowboys, Chauvin would someday like to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and be like twenty-four time world champion Trevor Brazile. “That’s everybody’s goal, to be the next Trevor Brazile. He’s a great guy. That’s every cowboy’s dream, to be like him.”
And the first phone call he makes after he’s done roping is to his granddad Ridley and grandma Joanna. “He tells me to call him as soon as I’m done roping,” Chauvin said. Chauvin sends videos of his runs to Joanna, who shows the videos to Ridley, because Ridley’s phone is a flip phone.
Chauvin will not place in the average; on his first run during slack earlier in the week, he did not make a qualified run.
Other fast times and high scores from the Friday night performance are bareback rider Mason Clements, Draper, Utah (82 points); steer wrestlers Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.2 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. (87 points); team ropers Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. (5.3 seconds); and barrel racer Shali Lord, Lamar Colo. (17.44 seconds). No bull riders made qualified rides tonight.
The final night of rodeo in North Platte wraps up on Saturday, June 15 when champions will be crowned and custom engraved buckles awarded to winners. The big rodeo parade takes place on Saturday at 1 pm. NebraskalandDays continues with more activities through June 22. The celebration wraps up next weekend with concerts by Jake Owen and special guests the Casey Donahew Band and the Whiskey Bent Band (June 21) and Kane Brown with special guests Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning (June 22).
For more information, visit www.NEBRASKAlandDays.com.
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Results, 3rd Performance June 14, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah 82 points on Nutrena’s Little Jet; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 each; 4. Cauy Pool, Bonanza, Ore. 78.5.
2nd go round
1. (tie) Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 4.2 seconds each; 3. Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan. 4.5; 4. Sam Powers, Sonora, Texas 4.6.
Tie Down Roping
2nd go round
1. Blake Chauvin, Raceland, La. 7.8 seconds; 2. Todd Brown, Lamar, Colo. 9.3; 3. Morgan Murray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 13.0; 4. L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo. 23.5.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 87 points on Nutrena’s Little Angel; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.81; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 80.5; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 79.
1. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.3 seconds; 2. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas 6.1; 3. Denton Taylor, Craig, Colo./Dusty Taylor, Craig, Colo. 6.6; 4. Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 6.7.
1. Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo. 17.44; 2. Deb Cox, Mullen, 18.06; 3. Gayle White, Dickens, Neb. 18.12; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan. 18.59.
No qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.
Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.
Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.
Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.
“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.
“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”
The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).
“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.
“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”
Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.
Lincoln – University of Nebraska students have locked down their section of “The Vault,” as the NU Athletics Ticket Office announced Friday morning that men’s basketball student tickets are sold out for the 2019-20 season.
Nearly 1,600 student tickets have been purchased since they went on sale after the hiring of Fred Hoiberg in April. Friday’s announcement marks the earliest sellout date for student tickets since the 2015-16 season.
“Having a strong student section is important in building a home-court advantage, and today’s announcement shows how excited Husker students are for the upcoming season.” Hoiberg said. “Our team’s goal is to work hard and give our students and fans a product they can be proud of.”
The season-ticket renewal process is currently underway for the 2019-20 season, as fans can purchase tickets to all 17 games, including 10 Big Ten Conference matchups, at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season for as low as $136. For more information on
men’s basketball season tickets or to sign up for the season-ticket request list, visit Huskers.com/requestlist or call the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours (Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
The Huskers host Doane in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 30, before the season opener tips off against UC Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2019) – The fast time in the barrel racing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo came during the second performance, on June 13.
Barrel racer Emily Miller stopped the clock at 17.64 seconds to take over the lead.
The Weatherford, Oklahoma cowgirl was aboard her ten-year-old gelding Chongo, whose registered name is Namgis D 33.
It was the third rodeo back for the gray gelding, who was hurt at the Guymon, Okla. rodeo in early May. “He had two runs before this,” Miller said, “and tonight he definitely had his confidence back.”
Barrel racing horses can sometimes show a preference for indoor arenas or outdoor arenas, but Chongo does well at both. His owner and rider, Miller, doesn’t always. “I don’t ride him as well outside,” she said. “I have to really focus. He does his job. It’s just a matter of me doing mine.”
Chongo was trained and futuried on by Kylie Weast and purchased from Namgis Quarter Horses of Hondo, Texas. Miller has ridden him all winter, but it’s been hit and miss as far as winning. She and Chongo won a round at rodeos in Denver and San Antonio, but “we couldn’t put it all together with back to back runs.” At Rodeo Austin, she won her biggest check of the year: over $13,000. “That gave me a lot of confidence.”
Miller, who is a dental hygienist during the week and a barrel racer on weekends and during the summer, is ranked eighteenth in the world standings with nearly $33,000 won.
The leader in the second round of the tie-down roping is an Oklahoma man, Caddo Lewallen.
Lewallen, Morrison, Okla., had a time of 7.8 seconds to top the scoreboard.
He was aboard a ten-year-old bay mare, a horse he bought as a two-year-old and trained himself.
Lewallen, the son of Kerry and Vicki Lewallen, roped in high school and competed at the state and national levels while in high school, following in his dad’s footsteps as a tie-down roper. “It was something I’ve always been around. It’s what I do,” he said.
The 35-year-old cowboy competed in slack the morning of June 13 and left nearly as soon as he was done, headed for rodeos in Canada. He’ll spend the next two weeks in Canada then come back to the States.
His family, which includes wife Christy and daughters, ages eight and four, travel with him during the summers. In the winters, he travels with fellow steer wrestlers, but in the summers, his family goes along. “We take off and do our own thing,” he said. “We’re together all summer, and when the kids go back to school, we have to be home.”
They make sure to take time for the kids as they travel. In North Platte, the girls enjoyed Cody Park, and they visit parks, zoos, and swimming pools at the places they visit.
Lewallen has qualified eight times for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, the regional rodeo championship for Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and has won the average there three times.
Other fast times and high scores from Thursday’s slack and performance are bareback rider Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. (86 points); steer wrestler Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. (3.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. (83 points); team ropers Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. (5.7 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. (83 points).
The third night of action at the Buffalo Bill rodeo takes place Friday, June 14. The rodeo starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available online at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.
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High scores and fast times from Thursday morning slack and the second performance, June 13, 2019
Buffalo Bill Rodeo, North Platte, Nebraska
1. Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. 86 points on Movie Madness; 2. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 83.5; 3. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 82; 4. Mike Fred, Wamego, Kan. 74.
1. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 3.7 seconds; 2.(tie) Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas and Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla. and Jarek Van Petten, Meriden, Kan. 3.9 each.
1. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla. 7.8 seconds; 2. Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo. 7.9;
3. (tie)Caleb Bullock, Boise City, Okla., and Luke Madsen, Marshalltown, Iowa 8.0 each.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. 83 points on Conviction; 2. Jake Finlay, Goodiwindi, Australia 81.5; 3. Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla. 79.5; 4. Connor Murnion, Jordan, Utah 74.
1. Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. 5.7 seconds; 2. Tory Shaffer, Ft. Lupton, Colo./Jason DeVore, Ft. Lupton, Colo. 7.6; 3. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Jerren Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 10.6; 4. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./Toby Mentzer, Ensign, Kan. 11.4.
1. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla. 17.64 seconds; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn. 18.04; 3. Kelly Reichmuth, Humphrey, Neb. 18.12; 4. Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas 18.38.
1. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 83 points on Bullet Proof; 2. Zach Parker, Ft. Scott, Kan. 76.5; 3. Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla. 74; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
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Cutline: Oklahoma’s Caddo Lewallen leads the second round of the tie-down roping at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The third and fourth nights of rodeo take place June 14-15. Photo by Don Christner.
North Platte, Neb. (June 12, 2019) – The monkey is off Shane Frey’s back.
For the first time, the Duncan, Oklahoma cowboy has won a check at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
Frey made a 3.4 second run during slack on the morning of June 12 to win the first round among 84 steer wrestlers.
The 27 year old has competed in North Platte’s pro rodeo six times, never having won money. “Honestly, I’ve always loved this rodeo,” he said, “but this is the first time I’ve been able to crack the pay window.”
He was aboard an eighteen-year-old gelding owned by Charlene Neale. Neale, the wife of Riley Duvall’s wife, has lent the horse to Duvall, also a steer wrestler, Frey, and their traveling companions.
Old Gray is an excellent steer wrestling mount, Frey said. “He really fits me well. He’s good, solid, and makes my job easy.” Neale has kept the horse close to home, for local rodeos and for her nephews to ride. This year, the horse will be on the pro rodeo trail across the nation. Frey, Duvall, Tyrel Cline, and Sam Goings will all ride Old Gray as they compete at PRCA rodeos. “He’s had a lot of guys win on him around the house, but this is the most he’s ever gone, to the biggest rodeos.”
Frey enjoys competing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. “The money’s great, and it’s a cool rodeo. For us, it kicks off the summer run and it’s always exciting.” North Platte is considered the unofficial start to the Fourth of July rodeo season, the busiest time of the year for rodeo competition. “When we leave the house for the summer, it’s a good place to get everything rolling.” The newness of the season hasn’t worn off yet, Frey said. “We’re still fresh and ready to go, still full of hopes and dreams,” he joked. “After the Fourth (of July), you’re either really happy (due to success) or really grumpy (due to not doing well), and you’re tired, regardless of how you’re doing.”
A home state cowboy leads the bareback riding after the first night.
Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., scored 80.5 points on the Beutler and Son Rodeo horse Sure Motion.
It was the third time for the two to tango.
He got bucked off the mare in Odessa, Texas two years ago, and last year, at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., he made a qualified ride but got bucked off right after the eight second whistle.
“I’ve been on that horse three times now, and I’ve actually hit the dirt every time.” During tonight’s ride, he was bucked off, but it was after he had made a qualified ride.
The mare “takes a big run, away from the chute, and she’s kind of spooky for a guy, waiting on her to start bucking,” Shadbolt said. “When she breaks out and starts bucking, she comes around in a tight circle, and the circle puts a lot of centrifugal force on a rider, and it’s hard to spur straight back to your rigging when they’re coming around a corner.”
Shadbolt, a 2017 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with a chemistry degree, is in his rookie year of PRCA competition and in the running for Resistol Rookie of the Year. He’s in a logjam at the top with two other bronc riders, Tristan Hansen and Jesse Pope, with less than $300 separating the three men. He’d like to win the Rookie of the Year title. “Winning the rookie title is a big stepping stone for a lot of guys in the PRCA,” Shadbolt said. “I wanted to make a big splash when I jumped out and started going full time.”
Shadbolt is ranked twenty-sixth in the world standings.
After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are tie-down ropers J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La.(8.4 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa (85 points); team ropers Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo. and Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. (5.0 seconds); barrel racer Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. (17.89 seconds); and bull rider Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. (79).
The 2020 Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned, with the title going to Joeli Walrath of Ashton. The 2016 Loup City High School graduate is studying equine science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the UNL equestrian team, is involved with the UNL rodeo team and club, and serves as the promtions officer for the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association executive board.
She will serve as lady in waiting until January 2020, when she will begin her reign, and will represent the state at the 2020 Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas.
The second of four nights of rodeo takes place Thursday, June 13 at 8 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show awareness of breast cancer, and proceeds will be donated to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte. Tickets are available at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate.
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Results, 1st Performance and slack, June 12, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb. 80.5 points on Sure Motion; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla. and Will Martin, Durant, Okla. 76 each; no other qualified rides.
1. Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 3.4 seconds; 2. Bridger Anderson, Alva, Okla. 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla. and Sam Goings, Fallon, Nev. 3.7 each; 5. J.D.Struxness, Milan, Minn. 3.8; 6. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 3.9.
1. (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La 8.4 seconds each; 3. Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa 8.5; 4. Cody McCartney, Durant, Okla. 9.1.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 85 points on Chisum Trail; 2. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 83.5; 3. Brady Hill, Onida, S.D. 77.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 71.
1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 5.0 seconds; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jesse Dale, Timberlake, S.D. 6.5; 3. Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.,/Dustin Dan Harris O’Neill, Neb. 7.8; 4. JB Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jake Beard, Menoken, N.D. 12.2.
1. Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. 17.89 seconds; 2. Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Texas 18.15; 3. Aimee Kay, Bluff Dale, Texas 18.17; 4. Hallie Fulton, Wessington Springs, S.D. 18.48.
1. Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. 79 points on Evac Man; 2. Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont. 77; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.