Sturgis champion is 53

Farm Forum

There was a four-way tie in steer wrestling, including a 53-year-old South Dakota cowboy, at the recent $199,294 pro rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City.

J.B. Lord of Piedmont wrestled his steer in 3.7 seconds – the same time as Linn Churchill of Valentine, Neb., Clay Cowan of Highmore and Jim Roedeske of Carwright, N.D. Lord turned 53 on Feb. 3, according to the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association.

“I just don’t believe that you have to be done when you are 40 or 50,” Lord told the Rapid City Journal. “Age is more a mental thing. If you think you can do it, you can, and for me it’s still a blast.”

Jeremy Meeks of Belle Fourche and Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minn., tied for the saddle bronc riding title. The other winners: Mac Erickson of Sundance, Wyo. (bareback riding); Beau Hill of West Glacier, Mont. (bull riding); Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and Paul Eaves of Lonedell, Mo., (team roping); Britany Fleck of Mandan, N.D., (barrel racing); and a tie between Cade Swor of Winnie, Texas, and Jake Hannum of Ogden, Utah, (tie-down roping).