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Savage Stands Tall in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. – Four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull rider Clayton Savage of Yoder, Wyo., was the only bull rider to hear the eight-second buzzer during the July 3 performance of the 135th Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration. Savage scored 83 points on High Horn of Dakota Rodeo Company.

The pen of bulls, owned by Chad Berger, a Mandan native whose father Joe provided bucking stock for the Mandan Rodeo in the 1980s, was able to throw all the other riders to the dirt, including four-time and reigning world champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas.

Savage’s score was one point less than event leader Garrett Vig of Newell, S.D., who competed July 2.

Team ropers Ty Blasingame of Sugar City, Colo., and J.W. Borrego of Weston, Colo., roped their steer in 5.0 seconds to tie for the overall lead with Scott White of Oelrichs, S.D., and Justin Johnson, Casper, Wyo., who competed in the first performance.

Andrea Cline of Springtown, Texas, moved into second place in women’s barrel racing with a time of 15.61 seconds.

John Addison of Midland, S.D., muscled his way into a four-way tie for the lead in bareback bronc riding with a score of 80 on Sankey Rodeo’s Exotic Scene.

The city-wide Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration ends with the July 4 rodeo performance, set for 7:30 p.m., followed by North Dakota’s largest fireworks display at approximately 11 p.m.

Courtesy of PRCA