Dusty Hausauer put on a good show for saddle bronc fans Friday night.
The veteran Dickinson rider stayed atop Classic Moon after the horse came out of the chute hot during PRCA Championship Rodeo at the Bismarck Events Center.
The Dickinson State product is a hard grader, however.
"I felt like if I rode the horse better I would have got more points," Hausauer said. "He's a really good horse. He was really bucking and jumping, but I should've rode him better. Half the score was for the horse."
Hausauer's total of 70 was the top in the section as only three of the eight riders earned marks.
Jade Blackwell of Rapid City, S.D., had the top saddle bronc score overall with 82 points. Kash Deal (70) posted the same score as Hausauer, who has scaled back his rodeoing, but will be in Rapid City, S.D., for a competition tonight.
"This is a really good-sized rodeo for this time of year," said Hausauer, who said he always enjoys Mosbrucker rodeos. "For this time of year to have two sections of bronc riding, you don't see that very often."
Hausauer, 35, who has over $430,000 in career earnings and also owns a septic business in Dickinson, still enjoys competing against the younger generation who come from far and wide.
"There's lots of money and good horses and that brings guys up here," Hausauer said. "These kids today really travel long distances. They come from California, Texas, Arizona.
"You're always trying to get on horses and better yourself."
Hausauer was joined in the winner's circle by fellow Dickinson cowboy Jason Vohs, who was one of just our competitors to score in calf roping.
Vohs posted a time of 9.2 seconds. Riley Wakefield of O'Neill (Neb.) was second at 9.9.
In the opening event of the night, Jamie Howlett of Weatherford, Texas edged Justin Miller of Billings, Mont., for the top prize. Howlett earned a 77-point ride on Short Stacke, while Miller went for 76 on Rainy Day Woman.
The bareback competition drew cowboys from six states and two Canadian provinces.
The steers proved tough to tame on the night.
After Cyler Downing pinned his steer in 4.5 seconds as the first man out of the chute, only three of the next nine wrestlers were able to score takedowns -- Del Ray Kraupie (4.9), Tee Hale (6.0) and Jake Kraupie (6.5).
Team roping also proved tricky.
Alvaro Baeza and Beau Hutchison took down their steer in 5.8 seconds. But from there, only Scott White and Riley Wakefield (6.0) were able to do the same. The other eight teams came up empty.
Kaylee Gallino put on a show in barrel racing. The Wasta, S.D., rider sped around all three barrels for the only sub-13 second time (12.8).
Cindy Baltezore (13.26) of Beresford, S.D., took second, just ahead of Ginger LaDuke (13.28) of Gillette, Wyo.
Lindsey Horner, an equine veterinarian from from Dawson, N.D., was sixth (13.77).
The three-night PRCA event concludes tonight, beginning at 7:30.
MAIER EARNS X BULLS WIN
Corey Maier rode to a Xtreme Bull Riding victory on Thursday night.
The Timberlake, S.D., native totaled 88 points aboard Secret Agent to top a crowded leaderboard. Secret Agent is owned by Bailey Pro Rodeo of Baldwin, N.D.
Maier, who earned four wins in 2017, held off National Finals Rodeo qualifier Jordan Hansen for top honors. Hansen ended second with an 85.5-total.
The win was worth $4,430 of the $14,100 pot. Maier competed in bull riding Friday night. Results were not available at press time.
It's Maier's second career win in North Dakota. In 2009, he placed first at the North Dakota Winter Show Rodeo in Valley City.