The championship is buckled into play at SDRA Finals Rodeo.
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Cowboys and cowgirls from across the state will show off their skills at this weekend’s South Dakota Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo in Sioux Falls.
After months of competition in South Dakota, the championship buckles are up for grabs in the ARDS Finals Rodeo.
“Fun three days. We have good rodeo performances, we have our best stock here, we have our best competitors, ”said SDRA President Dave Marone.
“This is the final, this is what everyone in South Dakota looks forward to, this is the end of the year, hooray!” Said Braden Pirrung, leader of the Roping team.
They also compete for cash.
“Sure there is some money at stake,” Pirrung said.
Braden Pirrung has been riding and racing for as long as he can remember. The 23-year-old enters the weekend second in the Team Roping Header leaderboard.
“I’ve been in that situation a number of times and I’ve never won it before in the SDRA so it would be great to do it,” Pirrung said.
“It’s fun to see the leaderboards to see who wins and who participates and your friends. One thing about the rodeo, everyone is cheering for everyone else. You are competing against your actions, not competing with each other, ”Marone said.
In addition to riding and tying, the ARDS Finals Rodeo features Cowboy Church, a dance, and a trade fair.
“From clothing to food, we have a living room trailer there, we will have new trucks, we will go out, we will walk, it costs nothing to walk through the trade fair and it only costs $ 10 to get to the rodeo,” Marone said.
A competition that could bring Pirrung one step closer to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
“This year I was lucky to win the circuit, so it was a stepping stone in the professional rodeo and now the next step is that,” Pirrung said.
the ARDS Finals Rodeo starts at 7:00 PM on Friday night and continues through Sunday inside the Expo building at the WH Lyon Fairgrounds.