Lee Mar Ranch hosted the 29th annual rodeo. The stands were packed all three nights. Two different overflow lots were used, with shuttles running constantly to bring people to and from the festivities. The competition was fierce, and the cowboys and cowgirls performed at an incredible level. In most timed events the difference between 1st and 2nd place came down to 1/10th of a second or less. The scoring events were similarly close, usually one to three points difference separating the champion from other finishers.

For those who don’t know, horse and bull riding are scored out of 100 points. 50 are for the animal’s performance, i.e. the difficulty of the bucking and energy. The other 50 points are for the rider matching moves and properly spurring with the jumps.

Logan Corbett won the bareback competition with 86 points. Lane McGehee finished second, and local cowboy Tanner Aus tied for third with Ty Breuer at 81 points. In saddle bronc riding, Dalton Rixen won first with 83 points, followed by a three-way tie between Jade Blackwell, Taylor Tupper, and Jeremy Meeks at 81 points. In bull riding, Will Crain got the high score with 86 points, followed by a tie between Trevor Reiste and Garrett Tribble with 85 points each. In steer wrestling, Cody Metsker eked out a 4.2 second victory, followed by Justin Morehouse with 4.3, and a tie between Joe Ragatz and Noah Lassa at 4.4 seconds.

In team steer roping, Aj Zieman and Luke Morast won in 5.4 seconds, followed closely by Logan Olson and Matt Kasner at 5.5 seconds, and Levi OKeeffe and Jade Nelson at 5.7 seconds. In tie down roping, Jess Woodward finished in 8.5 seconds, followed by Cole Robinson at 9.2 seconds, and Chance Oftedahl in 9.3 seconds. In barrel racing, Jessica Routier won the day in 15.26 seconds, followed by Hali Gjermundson in 15.27 seconds, and Kara Posch in 15.31 seconds, less than 1 second difference between all three.

Western Fest Stampede Rodeo Granite Falls, Minn., June 22-24

All-around cowboy: Noah Lassa, $1,195, steer wrestling and team roping.

Bareback riding:

1. Logan Corbett, 86 points on Dakota Rodeo's Sugar Boom Boom, $1,997; 2. Lane McGehee, 83, $1,531; 3. (tie) Tanner Aus and Ty Breuer, 81, $932 each; 5. (tie) Blake Smith and J.C. Hester Jr., 77, $399 each; 7. Anthony Thomas, 75, $266; 8. (tie) Tim O'Connell, Tate Schwagler and Blade Elliott, 74, $67 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Cody Metsker, 4.2 seconds, $1,773; 2. Justin Morehouse, 4.3, $1,542; 3. (tie) Jon Ragatz and Noah Lassa, 4.4, $1,195 each; 5. (tie) J.W. Lorenz, Trever Nelson and Jake Rinehart, 4.6, $617 each; 8. Eli Lord, 4.7, $154.

Team roping: 1. A.J. Zieman/Luke Morast, 5.4 seconds, $1,617 each; 2. Logan Olson/Matt Kasner, 5.5, $1,407; 3. Levi O'Keeffe/Jade Nelson, 5.7, $1,196; 4. (tie) Adam Rose/J.W. Beck and Mitch Barney/J.W. Nelson, 5.9, $879 each; 6. (tie) Micah Eveland/Lucas Falconer and Branden Duff/Jimmie Allen, 6.0, $457 each; 8. Devin McGrath/Parker Murnion, 6.5, $141.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Dalton Rixen, 83 points on Dakota Rodeo's Bridal Shower, $2,312; 2. (tie) Jade Blackwell, Taylor Tupper and Jeremy Meeks, 81, $1,310 each; 5. Taygen Schuelke, 79, $540; 6. Preston Kafka, 78, $385; 7. Dawson Jandreau, 76.5, $308; 8. (tie) Kash Deal, Kaden Deal and Travis Schroth, 76, $77 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Jess Woodward, 8.5 seconds, $1,724; 2. Cole Robinson, 9.2, $1,427; 3. Chance Oftedahl, 9.3, $1,130; 4. (tie) Dillon Holder and Cole Wilson, 10.0, $684 each; 6. Clint Kindred, 10.1, $297.

Barrel racing: 1. Jessica Routier, 15.26 seconds, $1,995; 2. Hali Gjermundson, 15.27, $1,710; 3. Kara Posch, 15.31, $1,425; 4. Alexis Baratka, 15.32, $1,235; 5. Lacinda Rose, 15.35, $950; 6. Melora Potter, 15.37, $760; 7. Laurie Cooper, 15.41, $570; 8. (tie) Cheyenne Schnelle and Bailee Murnion, 15.46, $332 each; 10. Lisa Lockhart, 15.48, $190.

Bull riding: 1. Will Crain, 86 points on Championship Pro Rodeo's Stewby, $2,792; 2. (tie) Trevor Reiste and .Garrett Tribble, 85, $1,861 each; 4. Guthrie Murray, 84, $1,024; 5. John Young, 81, $651; 6. Brody Yeary, 79, $465; 7. (tie) Nate Perry and Andy Coughlin, 78, $326 each.

Total payoff: $66,411.