Dozens compete at Sutherland Rodeo Arena during NEBRASKALand Days rodeo event
Sutherland hosts NEBRASKALand Days’ first rodeo event
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Sutherland Rodeo Arena saw dozens of contestants literally grab a bull by the horns in the 15th annual Melvin-Swanson-Halligan Memorial Steer Wrestling Tournament. Competitors paid a $250 entry fee to follow a bovine on horseback, only to fall off and take the cattle to the ground hoping to get the fastest time.
The event sees dozens of brave souls take on the challenge every year, which has remained a consistent size throughout the years.
“It stays pretty constant,” event official Mark Lovitt said.” “There’s between 50 and 60, sometimes 70 competitors every year. With Oat Berry, brought in the Junior division a couple years ago and if they win at this deal, they qualify for Nationals. Last year it was in Fort Worth.”
In the first round of the competition, the fastest time to take down the cattle was 4.9 seconds. The entry fees are added to a purse where the prizes will be dispersed. They can range from money to belt buckles and more.
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