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Buffalo Bill Rodeo: Bareback champ takes lead, Aussie wins steer wrestling

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 13, 2024

A world champ left his mark on his first trip to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Keenan Hayes of Hayden, Colo. scored 84.5 points on the Beutler horse Top Gun to take the lead in the bareback riding. The 2023 PRCA world champion bareback rider hadn’t been on the horse he’d drawn, a […]

Buffalo Bill Rodeo: Bareback champ takes lead, Aussie wins steer wrestling

Ruth Nicolaus -

A world champ left his mark on his first trip to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Keenan Hayes of Hayden, Colo. scored 84.5 points on the Beutler horse Top Gun to take the lead in the bareback riding. The 2023 PRCA world champion bareback rider hadn’t been on the horse he’d drawn, a […]

Five hundred competitors expected at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 10, 2024

The excitement of pro rodeo returns to North Platte with this year’s Buffalo Bill Rodeo, where more than 500 professional cowboys and cowgirls will compete as they pursue the dream of a gold buckle and monetary winnings. They come from near and far; a few will travel across town or across a couple counties, while […]

Five hundred competitors expected at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

The excitement of pro rodeo returns to North Platte with this year’s Buffalo Bill Rodeo, where more than 500 professional cowboys and cowgirls will compete as they pursue the dream of a gold buckle and monetary winnings. They come from near and far; a few will travel across town or across a couple counties, while […]

Barrel racing horse, racer excel at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 3, 2024

A special barrel racing horse is a winner in North Platte. Truck is a barrel racing horse owned by and cared for by Stevi Hillman of Weatherford, Texas, and for five of the six years the bay gelding has come to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, he’s won money. In fact, the duo […]

Barrel racing horse, racer excel at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

A special barrel racing horse is a winner in North Platte. Truck is a barrel racing horse owned by and cared for by Stevi Hillman of Weatherford, Texas, and for five of the six years the bay gelding has come to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, he’s won money. In fact, the duo […]

Archived: Transitioning from cowboys to committee members

Ruth Nicolaus - May. 28, 2024

The leadership of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte not only produces the rodeo but have experience in the competition arena too. Levi Fisher and Justin Thompson, chairman and vice-chairman respectively, are professional rodeo contestants who put their backgrounds to good use. —————– Top photo: Levi Fisher not only presides at board of directors […]

Archived: Transitioning from cowboys to committee members

Ruth Nicolaus -

The leadership of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte not only produces the rodeo but have experience in the competition arena too. Levi Fisher and Justin Thompson, chairman and vice-chairman respectively, are professional rodeo contestants who put their backgrounds to good use. —————– Top photo: Levi Fisher not only presides at board of directors […]

Archived: From cowboy to clown, starting in North Platte

Ruth Nicolaus - May. 21, 2024

The North Platte rodeo was the starting point for Oklahoma man’s career change from steer wrestler to rodeo clown. The city will always be a special place for Justin Rumford. It’s where his life changed and he followed a totally different path to stardom as a clown instead of a cowboy. The Kansas native, now lives […]

Archived: From cowboy to clown, starting in North Platte

Ruth Nicolaus -

The North Platte rodeo was the starting point for Oklahoma man’s career change from steer wrestler to rodeo clown. The city will always be a special place for Justin Rumford. It’s where his life changed and he followed a totally different path to stardom as a clown instead of a cowboy. The Kansas native, now lives […]

Archived: Minnesota cowboy claims bareback title at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 18, 2023

A second rider handed the bulls another defeat, a bareback rider got a shot in the arm, and a barrel racer made it worth her while as she juggles motherhood and rodeo, on the final night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Tanner Aus, a Granite Falls, Minn. cowboy won first place in […]

Archived: Minnesota cowboy claims bareback title at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

A second rider handed the bulls another defeat, a bareback rider got a shot in the arm, and a barrel racer made it worth her while as she juggles motherhood and rodeo, on the final night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Tanner Aus, a Granite Falls, Minn. cowboy won first place in […]

Archived: Bulls lose one at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 17, 2023

A South Dakota cowboy finally broke the spell over the bull riding Friday night at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, hanging on for the full eight seconds. After two nights of no qualified bull rides, Jeff Bertus made it to the eight-second buzzer. Bertus, of Avon, S.D., bested the bull A67 Bracket Buster for 72 points, taking […]

Archived: Bulls lose one at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

A South Dakota cowboy finally broke the spell over the bull riding Friday night at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, hanging on for the full eight seconds. After two nights of no qualified bull rides, Jeff Bertus made it to the eight-second buzzer. Bertus, of Avon, S.D., bested the bull A67 Bracket Buster for 72 points, taking […]

Archived: Kansas cowboy and horse overcome injuries, take lead in steer wrestling

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 16, 2023

Tanner Brunner has overcome the odds this past spring to continue rodeoing, and from his performance Thursday night, it looks like he’s back in a big way. The Ramona, Kan. man took the lead in the second round of the steer wrestling at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo with a time of 3.8 seconds. Three months […]

Archived: Kansas cowboy and horse overcome injuries, take lead in steer wrestling

Ruth Nicolaus -

Tanner Brunner has overcome the odds this past spring to continue rodeoing, and from his performance Thursday night, it looks like he’s back in a big way. The Ramona, Kan. man took the lead in the second round of the steer wrestling at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo with a time of 3.8 seconds. Three months […]

Archived: Mullen cowgirl loves her ‘hometown’ rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 15, 2023

She’s a competitor, a cowgirl, a rancher, a former college basketball player, a mom, and a professional breakaway roper. And she’s tied for the lead in the breakaway at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, which she considers her hometown rodeo. Katie Dent of Mullen had a time of 3.3 seconds to take the lead Wednesday on […]

Archived: Mullen cowgirl loves her ‘hometown’ rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

She’s a competitor, a cowgirl, a rancher, a former college basketball player, a mom, and a professional breakaway roper. And she’s tied for the lead in the breakaway at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, which she considers her hometown rodeo. Katie Dent of Mullen had a time of 3.3 seconds to take the lead Wednesday on […]

Archived: Ropin’ it in: Opportunity for cowgirls

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 12, 2023

The options for professional cowgirls have opened up, and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, with the addition of the women’s breakaway roping in 2020, provides one of those options. Cowgirls who don’t barrel race have another event they can enter at North Platte’s renowned rodeo. Among more than 400 contestants who are entered at the North […]

Archived: Ropin’ it in: Opportunity for cowgirls

Ruth Nicolaus -

The options for professional cowgirls have opened up, and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, with the addition of the women’s breakaway roping in 2020, provides one of those options. Cowgirls who don’t barrel race have another event they can enter at North Platte’s renowned rodeo. Among more than 400 contestants who are entered at the North […]