Twenty-nine teams did their best to pen three cattle of the same number during Saturday’s Whetstone Valley Rodeo Association’s team penning event. It was a perfect night, but the cattle were on the feisty side.
Three teams accomplished the task, while four teams were able to pen one or two cattle. Topping the field and earning first place were Louie Minder, Calvin Thompson and Joe Kanthak. Shane and Randy Schuchard and Dan Thyne came in second while Milt Stengel, Monte Rosen and Craig Magadenz took home the third place money.
Twenty teams took part in Add ‘Em Up. Teams were given a number and must sort out three cattle whose numbers add up to that final number. “It can get very interesting,” noted Kathy Tyler, penning organizer. First place money went to Randy Schuchard, Calvin Thompson and Joanie Hills. Steve Hamann, Louie Minder and Calvin Thompson earned the second place money.
Points totals as of June 18 are as follows: Monte Rosen, 120; Joanie Hills, 97; Dan Thyne, 97; Randy Schuchard, 94; Louie Minder, 88; Craig Magadenz, 81; Shannon Schuchard-York, 80; Milt Stengel, 77; Keith Kelly, 72; Joe Kanthak, 65; Calvin Thompson, 64; Shane Schuchard, 61; Steve Hamann, 56; Stacy Wittnebel, 50; Mike McKernan, 48; Steven Hills,s 45; Dustin Hills, 43; Cheryl Kelly, 41; Marsha Wieting, 36; Blair Wittnebel, 33; Kerry Hemmingson, 32; Brad Hanson, 29; Jen Kaak, 29; Dave Hardie, 26; Ray Meyer, 26; Jeanette Abromowski, 24; Gary Letrud, 22; Casey Yamaura, 21; Don Peterson, 16; Kathy Tyler, 15; Fred Lundberg, 5; Kelly Peterson, 5; Cody Minder, 5; Cheyenne Baumgart, 4; Tom Graham, 4; Dave Buri, 3; Laura Zoner, 2; Tracy Kellen, 2, and Ashley Clemen, 2.
Sponsors for the WVRA penning events include Henry’s Sites & Sounds, Runnings, Dakota Granite, Bohlman Trucking/Stallman Hay Grinding, Midwest Power Sports, Monte Rosen, Great Western Bank, Louisburg Farmers’ Elevator, Milbank House Movers, First Bank and Trust, LaBolt Farmers Grain Co, Hanson Ag, Milbank NAPA Auto Parts, Dakota Valley Vet and Schuneman Equipment.
The next team penning event is set for Saturday, July 9, beginning at 7 p.m. A wide selection of food is available at the concession stands.
Pictured is Casey Yamaura.