Ty Tuff Challenge Results

JH/HS Breakawy Champion Meghan McGinley and All-Around Champion Keanna Ward (Courtesy Photo)

If goat tying or breakaway roping is your forte, then the place to be on July 29 was at the Dakota Winds Arena in Bowman ND for the  fifth annual TY TUFF CHALLENGE.

It was a another hot July day filled with sizzling talent. Goat tiers and ropers of all ages and levels spilled into the rodeo grounds early Saturday morning. 98 goat tiers  and 103 ropers from nine states were entered in hopes of taking home a piece of the $25,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes. The weather cooled down a bit mid afternoon after a thunderstorm rolled through with light rain, but the competition remained hot!

The top 10 in each “D” earned the right to tie another goat in a short go. Social media was once again utilized as the short go was posted “LIVE” on Facebook which gave many the opportunity to watch if they could not be there.

Announcer Colton Backaus, Mandan,  goat contractor John Hight, Dupree S.D., judges Chuck Christman and Randy Hilzendeger, and the entire Ty Tuff team kept the action moving rapidly throughout the day.

Action started at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with 59 open breakaway ropers. Payout was to seventh place. These girls ran 2 hd with the top 20 going to a short go.

Winning that with a 9.28 on three head was KL Spratt from Wyoming. She pocketed $1937 in cash and also was awarded a Jasper Training Barrier.

2nd-Bailey Fruit- MT- 9.87–$1312

3rd-Katy Miller- SD-10.59–$1000

4th-Misti Brown–10.86–$687

5th- Jacey Hupp–SD-20.34- $562

6th-Samantha Jorgenson- ND- 5.44 on 2–$437

7th-Cedar Jandreau- SD-6.21 on 2–$312

Fast times in each round paid back $160.

Bailey Fruit posted the fastest time in the first round with a 2.72.

Samantha Jorgenson had the fast time in the 2nd round with a 2.24.

Forty-four Jr High and High School ropers followed right on the heels of the open with a 2 hd average.

Meghan McGinley from Montana roped her two calves in 6.23. She took home $799 and a winter horse blanket.

2nd-Madison Kontz- SD—– 6.93–$555

3rd-Faith Tarter-MT———–8.34-$355

4th Mikenzy Miller- SD——-9.70-$244

5th-Jillian Kostrzewski-MN–19.80-$155

6th- Haiden Thompson- NE—3.03 on 1- $111

The competition was strong and there were several girls that laid down some smoking 6 second runs that set the stage for the 4D format. Each round continually changed throughout the day.

Results are as follows:

SIDEPOTS- (2 runs)


First-Lacey Tech-SD- 13.65 on 2-Rowdy Silver Buckle

High School:

First-Karrisa Rayhill-SD-14.66 -Rowdy Silver buckle

Second-Meghan McGinley-MT-14.70- haybag


First-Jessica Stevens-NE-15.36 -Rowdy Silver Buckle

Second-Kaitlyn Sandland- SD-16.91-haybag

The 4D layout paid equal monies in each “D” down to sixth place.

Awards were  given to fourth place.

1st- Winter horse blanket

2nd- Stirrups

3rd- gear bag

4th- shoo flys

The top 10 in each “D” came back for a short round.


4th – Carlee Johnston (SD) – 28.28

3rd – Desta Misegades (MN) – 27.68

2nd – Riley Smith (SD) – 27.37

1st – Chelsey Kelly (SD) – 27.14


4th – Keanna Ward (SD) – 26.41

3rd – Josi Stevens (SD) – 26.08

2nd – Cashae McGee (ND) – 26.03

1st – Tayle Brink (SD) – 25.69


4th – Shaylee Hance (MT) – 24.03

3rd – Piper Naylon (WY) – 23.94

2nd – Katy Miller (SD) – 23.91

1st – Brianna Williams (SD) – 23.43


4th – Lacey Tech (SD) – 23.31

3rd – Kaycee Monnens (SD) – 22.73

2nd – Karissa Rayhill (SD) – 22.33

1st – Madee Doerr (WY) – 21.30

Keanna Ward of Belle Fourche, SD took home all around honors. She gathered up 29 points in the rounds of breakaway and goat tying to win the top hand award for the day. She received a custom made beaded breast collar by Hangin’ Heart Beadwork, and a $500 equine swim certificate by Steele Equi-Fit.

During the break between go rounds, ten youngsters from ages 7-11 matched each other in a heated 3 round ground tying competition. The winner was Kenzie Homelvig from ND. Second place went to Hadley Thimpson, Wyo., Lyvia Misgodes from MN was third and Tandy Nelson from SD was fourth. They all  received Ty Tuff merchandise for their efforts.

Ty Tuff awards two $500 scholarships each year. Kelsey Lensegrav of Interior, SD was awarded the high school scholarship and  Justinn Marshall Lahaye , Saco, MT received the “Above and Beyond scholarship.”

Many thanks to our major sponsor- KINGS SADDLERY. A  big tip of the hat to  other sponsors, timers, announcers, gate keepers, flaggers, secretary, calf pushers, goat runners and cowgirls who all helped make the fifth TY TUFF Challenge another great success!!  

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