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The 3rd Annual Brandon Delzer Memorial Bull Ride is set for Sat., June 23, 2018.  The event, that includes junior bull riding and mutton busting along with a dance, raises money for scholarships that graduating seniors of Sturgisi Brown High School can ap

The 3rd Annual Brandon Delzer Memorial Bull Ride is set for Sat., June 23, 2018. The event, that includes junior bull riding and mutton busting along with a dance, raises money for scholarships that graduating seniors of Sturgisi Brown High School can ap
Annual Brandon Delzer Memorial Bull Ride includes adult, youth events
F.Ganje - June 18, 2018

STURGIS, SD – A memory builder and a scholarship fund raiser….that’s how many describe the 3rd Annual  Brandon Delzer Memorial Bull Ride that celebrates the life of one remarkable young man who made a difference in the lives of those around him.  Brandon died in 2013 in a vehicle accident, at the age of 14. For his folks, including dad Glen, it's important that in his short life, people know that Brandon had really lived.

“We would like Brandon’s life to be remembered,” he says. “And it’s amazing to us the stories people continue to share; how Brandon touched the life of their child or how he illuminated their life in some way and how he brought God into the picture. We want to give back to the kids Brandon knew and those he would have extended the hand of friendship to.”

The third annual Brandon Delzer Memorial Bull Riding is set for Saturday, June 23, 2018. The Territorial Professional Bull Rider’s Association sanctioned event will host 40 top bullriders from across the country, competing for $7,500 added money.  A Junior Bull Riding is also included in the lineup, says Rachael Bothwell, part of Bothwell Bucking Bulls who will provide stock along with Weischedel Bucking Bulls.

“It’s a good purse and an incentive to attract top flight bull riders.  With that much money added, it’s a win-win for contestants and spectators alike because arena action is just that much more exciting,” she observes.

The Calcutta for exhibition riders will begin at 4:30pm with the bull riding to begin at 5:00pm.  This year, the Exhibition Ride will see Deputy US Federal Marshall Dave Trautman competing against Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Torres. Vendors are available on site for the event that also includes a mutton busting for the kids.  All the arena action is followed by a dance.

“It’s a great time and a good cause,” notes Bothwell.  “Come out and enjoy the day.”  Admission is $10 at the gate and kids five and younger are free.

The bull riding (and a 5K Run held earlier that morning) are all part of  fundraising for scholarships that are open to Sturgis Brown High School graduating seniors.  Bothwell says this year, a number of past recipients will be attending to share their stories.

“Some of those who have received a scholarship will be attending to visit with folks about their academic pursuits,” says Bothwell.  “It gives a first-hand, personal account of where the money that is raised at this event, is going.

The memorial event is held at 11618 Erickson Ranch Road, seven miles east of Piedmont on Elk Creek Road or seven miles north of Rapid City on Deadwood Avenue.  See  more information on Facebook.

“Brandon started riding bulls at a young age – around 8 or 10,” remembers Glen. “That’s how we got to know the Bothwells.  He rode bulls in 4-H rodeo too.”  He adds, “As parents we were concerned about safety but decided that he had to learn in his own way. Brandon taught us a lot through his life choices. We learned a lot from him.”



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