A mid-winter swing through the Dakotas may not seem like an ideal travel schedule, but Cole Reiner is happy with the results.

The Buffalo, Wyo., cowboy took advantage of a second chance on Saturday to pick up a victory in bareback riding at the PRCA Championship Rodeo at the Bismarck Event Center. The rookie, given a chance at a re-ride, made it pay off by scoring an 80 and picking up his first career victory in his second professional rodeo.

“The Dakotas have been treating me good,” Reiner said.

Reiner made his professional debut last weekend in Rapid City, S.D.

“At Rapid, I got a nice one ended up in the mid-70s, placed in my round but didn’t get any money out of the rodeo. So I figured I’d come up here,” Reiner said.

Reiner made the most of his second opportunity.

“That horse was really nice,” Reiner said. “The first horse was just a young colt and this one was five or six years old, they told me it was going to be really nice and they weren’t lying. Had a few moves out there, back and forth, but overall a really nice horse.”

Reiner stayed focused and posted the best score of the weekend, in the final ride of the weekend.

His approach was simple.

“Just keep gassing,” he said. “Just keep gassing the whole time, that horse was kind of hard, back and forth, swooping and moving, so the only way you can keep going on a horse like that is to gas through everything, keep bringing your feet to your handle, sitting back as hard as you can, and just waiting for that whistle.”

His 80 gave him the win for the weekend, eclipsing the 78 posted by Halliday cowboy Jordan Pelton earlier Saturday night. Pelton had taken the lead with that ride, ahead of first-day leader Jamie Howatt of Weatherford, Texas, who posted a 77 on Friday.

Two other riders scored 75s on Saturday – Troy Viara of Richey, Mont., and Mike Fried of St. Mary’s, Kansas.

Ben Robinson of Red Deer County, Alberta, won the tie-down roping title. He turned in a time of 8.5, which bested the best-opening day time of 9.2 set by Dickinson’s Jason Vohs.

Kirk Robinson of Innisfail, Alberta, posted a 9.5, the only other competitor to post a time better than 10 seconds in the second round.

Three cowboys posted a sub-10 second time in steer wrestling, but first-day leader Cyler Dowling of Newell, S.D., prevailed with his 4.5.

Kordy Woodward of Dupree, S.D., posted a 5.1 for the best time of the second round. Lane Kvien of Valley City posted a 6.2 and Chason Floyd of Buffalo, S.D., turned in a 6.8.

Two saddle bronc riders put up scores over 70 in the second round, but first-day leader Jade Blackwell of Rapid City’s 82 stood up as the winner.

Taylen Nelson or Wibaux, Mont., scored a 73 and Kaden Deal of Eagle Butte, S.D., turned in a 72.

It was a tough night in team roping, with only two teams posting times – Zach Railey of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Phoenix Everano of Pendleton, Ore., turned in an 11.3 and Tanner Wznick of Cavalier and Ethan Rodine of New Town a 12.0.

Alvaro Baeza of Newcastle, Wyo., and Beau Hutchison of Rosette, Wyo., won with their first-round 5.8.

Kaylee Gallino of Wasata, S.D., won the barrel racing with her first-round 12.80.

Seven racers turned in sub-14.0 times in the second round, led by Britta Thiel of Belle Fourche, S.D. (13.09).