Congratulations to the 2022 Champion – Zeke Thurston!
The 67th Annual Home On The Range Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match will be on August 5, 2023!
The Best Extreme Saddle Bronc in North Dakota!
Sentinel Butte, ND: The Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match will be celebrating its 67th Anniversary in 2023! 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 will be celebrating its 9th 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 4, 2023, 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 66 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.
Thank you to all our 2022 Champions Ride Sponsors:
Fred C. Sorenson
Blue Beacon International
Tee Bench, Inc.
Original Rodeo, LLC
Dakota Community Bank & Trust
Martin Construction, Inc.
Devon Energy Corporation, Inc.
4 Bears Casino & Lodge
First State Bank of Golva
Big S Contracting, LLC
Charging Eagle/Big Lease Trucking
Western Frontier Insurance
RDO Equipment Co.
Real Presence Radio Network
J.E. Dunn Construction
CKC Oilfield Service, LLC
Edward H. Schwartz Construction
Quality Quick Print
Red Rock Ford”
Wyoming Casing Service, Inc.
High Plains Community Center
S.M. Fencing & Energy Services, Inc.
Farm Credit Services of Mandan
First International Bank & Trust
Robert & Bonnie Tweeten
Bar JV Angus
Baranko Bros, Inc.
Medora Boot & Western Wear
Western Cooperative Credit Union
Farmers Union Oil Co. of Beach
WBI Energy Transmission
Beach Coop Grain Co.
JP Steel & Supply
Benz Oil Company, Inc.
Rushmore Mountain Taffy Shop
Champions Ride Match Facebook page
Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match 2022 Commemorative Program Book
Websites of interest in our area:
Beach, ND www.beachnd.com
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation www.medora.com
Beach Area Chamber of Commerce https://www.facebook.com/beachndchamber/
Medora Chamber of Commerce www.medorandchamber.com
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