The 65th Annual Home On The Range Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match will be on August 7, 2021!
Congratulations to the 2020 Champion – Zeke Thurston!
The Best Extreme Saddle Bronc in North Dakota!
Sentinel Butte, ND: The Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match is celebrating its 65th Anniversary this year! For more than six decades, the Match has been the premier saddle bronc competition. This event has a history of promoting the top-rated cowboys and broncs. Past champions are a Who’s Who in saddle bronc riding, including Jim Tescher, Alvin Nelson, Larry Mahan, Butch Small, Lewis Field, Brad Gjermundson, Robert Etbauer, Dan Mortensen, Ty Murray, Rod Hay, Cody Wright. Last year, Zeke Thurston won the Champions Ride.
The Match is celebrating its 7th year as a sanctioned “extreme bronc riding” event by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA). Thirty-two cowboys ride a bronc and compete in the long-go round. The top 12 highest scores advance to the short-round to compete for the title and money. The prize money that a cowboy wins counts towards their earnings to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas.
The Champions Ride not only has a rich history of cowboys, but also as a major fundraiser for the organization Home On The Range (HOTR). HOTR is a nonprofit organization which helps abused, neglected and traumatized teenage boys and girls. In 1957, the fledging HOTR relied heavily upon donations to care for the children. A group of cowboys got together to create the Match of Champions to raise money for Home On The Range. 65 years later, this is still the main intent of the Champions Ride.
For those who like games of chance, there’s some of that too. A live Calcutta will be Friday, August 6, 2021, at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, ND at 6:00pm. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on a cowboy’s chance of winning at the Match. If you are the winning bid on that cowboy, and he places in the top eight at the Match, you win some money back! A second Calcutta takes place during the intermission of the Match on Saturday. At this time, guests will have an opportunity to bid on the top cowboys and their skills that make the qualifying short round.
It’s wild! It’s woolly It’s western! Home On The Range has been sponsoring this unique fundraiser for over 60 years and it is going strong! The Saddle Bronc Match is a premiere event that features thirty-two of the top professional cowboys mounted on some of pro rodeo’s toughest stock from contractors in the United States and Canada. It is truly entertainment at its finest, and many have ranked it right up there with a performance of the saddle bronc riding at the National Finals Rodeo! In fact, every world champion saddle bronc rider except one has ridden at Champions Ride.
Annually, on the first Saturday in August, spectators gather in the natural amphitheater to watch “champions ride” to benefit the children who call the ranch home. The rustic arena is nestled on the grounds of HOTR in the serene beauty of western North Dakota.
The Ranch and the Rodeo have grown up together and it would be nearly impossible to separate the two and the strong western heritage they share. In 2000, Champion’s Ride was honored with the prestigious Special Achievement Award from the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame and was inducted into its ranks – only the third such event to have been honored in this way.
The rodeo itself is truly a class act, but more importantly, it brings people to Home On The Range, to see the working ranch dedicated to helping homeless, troubled, neglected and traumatized children.
Champion’s Ride is an affordable quality entertainment event for all ages. All proceeds from the event go to support the children that call Home On The Range home.
Join us for the 65th Champion’s Ride Match on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 1:00pm!
Thank you to all our 2020 Champions Ride Sponsors:
Fred C. Sorenson
Tee Bench, Inc.
Blue Beacon International
Four Bears Casino
Martin Construction, Inc.
Dakota Community Bank & Trust
Charging Eagle/Big Lease Trucking
First State Bank
Original Rodeo, LLC
Big S Contracting, LLC
Western Frontier Insurance
Red Rock Ford
CKC Oilfield Service, LLC
Edward H. Schwartz Construction
Quality Quick Print
American Bank Center
Real Presence Radio Network
Wyoming Casing Service, Inc.
Bell State Bank & Trust
Farm Credit Services
First International Bank & Trust
Bar JV Angus
Farmer Union Oil Co. of Beach
Beach Cooperative Grain Co.
Medora Boot & Western Wear
Western Cooperative Credit Union
Robert & Bonnie Tweeten
Jody & Carla Arthaud
JP Steel & Supply
Websites of interest in our area:
Beach, ND www.beachnd.com
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation www.medora.com
Medora Chamber of Commerce www.medorandchamber.com
Beach Area Chamber of Commerce https://www.facebook.com/beachndchamber/
Dickinson Chamber of Commerce www.dickinsonchamber.org
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame www.northdakotacowboy.com
Fraternal Order of Eagles www.foe.com
ND Knights of Columbus www.nd-kofc.org
ND Cowboy Association/Gathering Cowboy History www.gatheringcowboyhistory.com