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by nathan oster Despite the windy, overcast conditions, it was another successful rodeo for the Days of ’49 committee, which reported an increase in gate receipts compared to 2013 numbers. Inside the arena, of course, the competition was as fierce as ever. Andy Mumm and Luke Wozney split the winner’ pot in the bareback riding, each finishing with scores of 66. Chance Darling was the only rider to post a score in the saddle bronc, earning a 69 to capture first place. Callie Nelson won the women’s breakaway, finishing in a time of 5.38 seconds. Casey Good won the calf roping with a time of 19.15. The junior barrels were more competitive, as Dusty Willis took first in a time of 17.439, followed in second by Trinity Hackney (20.824), in third by Jace Sorensen (22.019) and in fourth by Josie Washakie (22.517). Shannon Hill won the women’s barrels, posting a time of 18.041. Jess West was second in 18.201, followed by Katie McMillan in 18.239 and Sarah Taylor in 18.408. The team roping was a Collingwood affair, as Scott and his son J.T. were on three of the top four teams. J.T. teamed with Casey Good to win the event in 6.53. Scott and J.T. were second in 8.68 and Scott teamed with Shawn Billy to post a 9.62, which was good for fourth. Third place went to the team of Kyle and Larry Allshouse, who posted an 8.87. Cameron Caines was the only one of the 10 cowboys who made it the full 8 seconds in the bull riding, posting a score of 72. Kids rodeo results The spotlight shifted to the young cowboys and cowgirls on Sunday afternoon, as the Days of ’49 hosted its annual Kids Rodeo and Merchant Roping. Buckles were on the line in barrels, poles, steer riding and breakaway. Winners in the barrel racing included Colton Britton of Lovell in the 6-and-under division; Jack Schlattmann of Otto in the 7- to 9-year-old division; Paige Flom of Shell in the 10-14 division and Isabelle Borren of Lovell in the 15-18 division. In the poles, Britton and Schlattmann again reigned supreme in their respective divisions, while Scotlyn Flitner of Shell broke through to claim first in the 10-14 division. Trent Metro of Basin took top honors in steer riding. None of the five contestants posted a time in the breakaway. In the merchant roping, Collingwood Construction — with J.T. as the roper, Tyler as the runner — captured first place. Second went to Good Mining, represented by roper Gene Good and runner Lacee Good.