For the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo
A KINGDOM FOR A HORSE
Pro rodeo horses prove invaluable in their events, selected for Badlands Circuit awards
Minot, N.D. (October 14, 2019) – Seven timed event horses have been selected in pro rodeo’s Badlands Circuit for their exceptional ability in and out of the arena.
Tie-down roping horse of the year went to Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D. Steer wrestling horse of the year was won by Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D. Hazing horse of the year was tied between horses owned by Morman and Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D. Team roping head horse of the year was awarded to Turner Harris, Killdeer, ND., and team roping heel horse of the year went to Levi Tyan, Wallace, Neb.
For the women’s events, Jessica Routier’s horse Missy won barrel horse of the year, and Samantha Jorgenson’s horse Sambo won breakaway horse of the year.
Tie-down roper Clint Kindred’s mount is an eight-year-old sorrel gelding named Muley who was purchased from the cutting horse sale in Billings, Mont., by Kindred’s parents, Mike and Renee Kindred. Clint trained him and considers himself fortunate to have him. “He does everything that’s right for me,” he said. “He’s a tough little guy.
Muley is shorter than average, about fourteen hands or less, Kindred said, but he prefers small horses. “I always like smaller horses,” he said. “I think they try harder. They have small man syndrome,” he said. Not only is Muley small, but he has a definite personality. “He’s always got to test your patience, whether it’s catching him or how he treats other horses. He definitely has lots of attitude. He’s probably a horse only an owner can love.”
Kindred has qualified for the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo nine times. He won the 2018 circuit finals year-end and average title on Muley.
On the heading end in the team roping, Turner Harris rides a thirteen-year-old bay roan named Dewey.
Purchased four years ago, Dewey had competed in college rodeo. Harris tweaked a few things to make the horse fit him better, but he was already good at his job.
The horse, from the Streak of Flame line, is good not only in rodeo arenas but around the house. Turner and his wife have a two year old son, Coy, who rides Dewey. “When Coy gets on him, he’ll swing his rope and hit (the horse) in the head, and Dewey will just stand there. If I get on him and even pick my rope up, he’ll grab another gear.” The horse is special to the family. “Once Coy started riding him, my wife said, (Dewey) will not leave the place.”
Harris rode Dewey and roped with Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D. to win this year’s Badlands Circuit Finals average title.
On the heel end in the team roping, a Nebraska cowboy owns an award winning horse.
Levi Tyan, Wallace, Neb., owns and rides Pepper, a seven-year-old gray gelding. Purchased in the spring of 2018, Tyan seasoned the horse last year, hauling him to rodeos. The horse “has a lot of tools,” he said, and is able to handle not only longer “set-ups” (arenas), but shorter ones, too. “He’s really good at longer setups, because he can run,” Tyan said. “This year, he’s gotten better at shorter setups.” The horse “makes my job easier. It’s nice to have one that can run a lot, and that I can use for every setup.”
Pepper is not only competent, but he’s easy going, too. “He’s super to be around, very easy to be around,” Tyan said. “He’s the kind of horse that you want. He doesn’t have any flaws. He’s a special horse, for sure.”
On the hazing side in the steer wrestling, Kody Woodward’s mount Baby won Badlands Circuit hazing horse of the year.
The eleven-year-old red roan gelding was purchased five years ago, and “has been by far the best horse I’ve ever had,” Woodward said. “He’s a real athletic horse, and quick footed. I’ve never had a horse that stands so still in the corner (of the box). He has a ton of run, and he knows what he’s doing. Anybody who gets on him says, by far, he’s the easiest horse they’ve ever rode.”
Woodward hauled him till early July, when fellow steer wrestlers and friends Stockton Graves and JD Struxness, who were rodeoing nationwide, needed him. “They were in a bind and needed a haze horse,” Woodward said. “I had another one, and I felt the horse needed to go more than where I was going. He’s too nice to stay at home with.” Graves will haze on Baby for Struxness at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December.
Baby is good at his job, but he cops an attitude. “He’s pretty standoffish,” Woodward said. “He doesn’t buddy up to anything. But he’s very good at what he does.”
For the third consecutive year, the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association Badlands Circuit barrel racing horse of the year went to Jessica Routier’s horse Missy.
Fiery Miss West “Missy,” carried Routier to a year-end title at this year’s Badlands Circuit Finals.
Routier started the eight-year-old palomino in futurities three years ago. She did well, and then, as a six-year-old, Routier began running pro rodeos on her. She won the Badlands Circuit on the horse in 2018 and qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) on Missy, finishing as reserve world champion.
This year, Routier will compete at the WNFR again, going into this year’s world championship in eighth place.
Missy, who is owned by Gary Westergren of Lincoln, Neb., has matured, Routier said, “not that she needed to, but she got more confident in herself. She used to run and wait for me to tell her when to turn (around a barrel.) She’s taking the initiative to figure things out on her own now, which has made me have to change how I ride. She’s the most consistent horse you’ll find.”
The breakaway roping was a new event at the circuit finals this year, and a horse of the year was chosen in that event as well.
The horse belonging to the first ever Badlands Circuit year-end champion Samantha Jorgenson was chosen.
Sambo, a black thirteen-year-old gelding, won the honors. Purchased four years ago, Sambo does a great job for Jorgenson. “He’s really quick,” she said. “He stops really hard and tries really hard every time.” Jorgenson rode him during her college days at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and at circuit rodeos this summer. The horse is friendly, too. “He loves people and attention.” Jorgenson lives in Watford City, N.D.
The 65th annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo hosted the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo October 4-6. Year end and finals champions were determined in each event, and will go on to compete at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., April 2-5. For more information, visit www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com or www.ProRodeo.com.
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Clint Kindred competes at the 2019 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo aboard the 2019 Badlands tie-down roping horse of the year. Muley, an eight-year-old sorrel, is owned by Kindred and his parents, Mike and Renee Kindred. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Turner Harris, on the right, heads on his horse Dewey, the 2019 Badlands team roping head horse of the year. Dewey, a bay roan gelding, is so calm Harris’ two-year-old son can ride him. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Levi Tyan, (in the light shirt on the left) rides the Badlands Circuit team roping heeling horse of the year, a seven-year-old gelding named Pepper. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Jessica Routier rides the three-time WPRA Badlands barrel racing horse of the year. The eight-year-old palomino, named Missy, carried her rider to a reserve world championship last year. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Badlands Circuit breakaway roping horse of the year went to Samantha Jorgenson’s horse Sambo. Jorgenson, Watford City, N.D., finished as the inaugural Badlands Circuit breakaway roping champion on the horse. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.
Cameron Morman’s mount won the Badlands steer wrestling horse of the Year. Morman, of Glen Ullin, N.D., finished the 2019 rodeo year fourth in the Badlands Circuit. Photo by Peggy Gander/Cowboy Images.