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Sandhills home to pro saddle bronc riders

Photo courtesy Of Lacy HebbertThree Hyannis, Neb., men qualified for the 2010 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Park City, Kan. From left, Travis Sheets, Matt Hebbert and Ryan Bestol.

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Hyannis, Neb. – The tiny burg of Hyannis, Neb., population 215, produced one-quarter of the 12 saddle bronc riders at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Matt Hebbert, Travis Sheets, and Ryan Bestol all grew up in or near the town, and competed at the Prairie Circuit Finals, rodeo’s divisional championship, in Park City, Kan., October 29-30. Hyannis is located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, prime cattle raising country, 80 miles north of Ogallala, Neb.

Sheets is the oldest of the three, graduating from Hyannis High School in 1998, with Hebbert graduating in 2001 and Bestol in 2003. All three men attended Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla. Sheets and Hebbert are cousins.

The three traveled together this summer, along with Travis’ cousin, Tucker Sheets. Travis believes that Hyannis produces good bronc riders because kids have the chance to ride horses much of the time. All three of the men grew up on area ranches. “It’s just the way we live. We ride horses so much, it just goes with it.”

Sheets finished the year as the average winner for the 2010 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Hebbert was the 2004 Rookie of the Year and won the average at the 2004 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.


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