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For Dustin Entzel, rodeoing with his wife Whitney is the best part of competing in the PRCA.

The Killdeer couple will be in town this weekend for the three-day event which starts tonight with Xtreme Bull Riding at the Bismarck Events Center. Friday and Saturday the PRCA takes over.

Dustin, a veteran calf-roper, said competing with his wife Whitney, a barrel- racer, is the ideal way to do it.

“That’s the best part,” Dustin said. “You’re with your best friend every weekend. Just getting to compete like that makes it a lot of fun.”

Early-season rodeos do not permit for a ton of training. The Entzels do have an indoor barn, but only so much can be accomplished. Although they don’t use that as an excuse.

“Nobody is able to practice too much. Everybody’s usually a little rusty, but most of us are in the same boat,” Dustin said. “It’s still hard to win. It’s going to be competitive.”

The Entzels ramp up their rodeoing when the weather improves. They have the ideal day job that syncs up with their rodeo schedules. Dustin’s family owns the Leanin’ Pole Arena! in Killdeer. He also trains horses.

“It’s a good job to be able to do rodeo,” he said.

Dustin, 29, doesn’t remember a time he was not involved in rodeo, which makes sense considering his love of horses.

“With my family, we’ve always been around horses … they’re my favorite hobby,” he said.

In calf-roping, the four-legged part of the team is critical.

“It all starts with having a good horse,” Dustin said. “You can’t do much if you don’t have the right horse.”

Calf-roping has always appealed to Entzel.

“I've always liked that it’s a timed event and you have to do your own thing, you don’t have a partner,” he said. “It’s like anything else, practice pays off.”

The rodeo is expected to draw around 300 participants on Friday and Saturday. The calf-roping competition will be held on Friday. Start time each night is 7:30.

X BULLS RIDE TONIGHT

Tonight’s Xtreme Bull Riding event, which starts at 7:30, is expected to draw around 50 riders from the PRCA.

Among the field are 2017 National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Jordan Spears and Jordan Hansen.

Spears, from Redding, Calif., had 10 wins last season and has competed in three of the last four NFRs in Las Vegas.

Hansen, a native of Ponoka, Alberta, notched five wins last year en route to earning a trip to the NFR for the first time.

Two local stars at the top of their games will not be on hand.

Reigning stock contractor of the year Chad Berger has his bulls in California for the second weekend in a row. Berger’s bulls are headed for Anaheim after spending the previous week in Sacramento.

Ty Breuer is competing at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas. Breuer currently has the second-highest average in bareback riding with the short go scheduled for Saturday.

Berger and Breuer are both home-based in Mandan.

Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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