The Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, Neb., hosted its final PRCA rodeo over the weekend of Jan. 25-26. Rodeo fans packed the house for the last rodeo at the auditorium before the show will move to the new Pinnacle Bank arena currently under construction in Lincoln’s Haymarket district.
Miss Rodeo Nebraska, Samantha Chytka was on hand each night as well as other visiting royalty. Chytka will make her bid for Miss Rodeo America this December at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. As she tours both locally and nationally Chytka will be promoting her “ROSE” program, which stands for Rodeo Offers Self-Esteem, as she would like to reach out to youth with the positive impact of a relationship with horses.
Mosbrucker Rodeo provided the stock, with Todd Butchers and Darin Boots acting as the officials.
Saturday night the performance started with a salute to the great horses of Mosbrucker’s Rodeo stock. Two paint horses Red Cloud and War Eagle were distinguished for their athleticism and skill as bucking horses.
The score taking both the Bareback and Saddle Bronc riding events was 72 with Wyoming cowboy Clint Griffis taking home $787 after marking a 72 point ride on Mosbrucker Rodeo’s Pistol Annie. Taygen Schuelke of Newell, S.D., also marked a 72 point ride in the saddle bronc event for the win, putting $999 dollars in his wallet thanks to Mosbrucker Rodeo’s horse Holy Smokes.
In the steer wrestling Jule Hazen, 2010 National Finals Rodeo qualifier and go round winner swept the event with a 4.8 second run. Good enough for $978 on the win.
Nebraska Team ropers Jeff Johnston and Dustin Harris kept the win in the cornhusker state with a time of 7 seconds flat. The duo tied took home $865 each. Johnston took home the coveted All-Around Cowboy award for competing in the steer wrestling and team roping events.
Tyler Thiel of Belle Fourche, S.D., tied his calf in 9.1 second in the tie-down calf roping, landing him in the number one position. He earned $1,083 for his efforts.
In the ladies barrel racing it was a tough field, but former NFR qualifier Shandi Scales managed to squeeze past Nebraska’s Michelle Stobbe in the last performance for the win with an 11.29 second run. Only three tenths of a second split first through eight place in the event.
The bull riders closed down the show with Brad Harris scoring 82 points on Mosbrucker Rodeo’s bull Red Wasp, for the highest win payout at $1,167. ❖