Young rodeo fans watch the East Helena Valley Rodeo. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

EAST HELENA – J2 Bridges earned a 79-point ride at the 54th annual East Helena Valley Rodeo, winning the bareback competition and the top prize of $631.68 at one of the top spots on the Northern Rodeo Association tour.

Bridges, who currently ranks second in the NRA standings, edged Boulder’s Cavan Wrzesinski by two points to take the top spot in the three-day rodeo. Glendive’s Tucker Zingg and Ronan’s Trevar McAllister earned third and fourth, respectively.

Jordan cowboys Taylor Nelson and Connor Murnion took the top two spots in the saddle bronc competition, with Nelson riding for 78 points and cashing in $699 for the weekend. Murnion’s 69-point ride bested Dakota Munns of St. Anthony by a point for the runner-up ride of the rodeo.

Cascade’s Michael Gollaher clocked a 4.7 in the steer wrestling, edging a handful of good local cowboys in the bull dogging event. Gollaher’s time was good for $805 while Helena’s Klate Greany earned runner-up honors with a 5.6 and nearly $616.

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The team roping competition saw a tie atop the leaderboard with Trey Blackmore and Steve Sherwood splitting first- and second-place money with Sid and Taner Sorge. Each team posted a 5.0 and left with more than $1,100.

Manhattan’s Mandy Hamilton also cashed in more than $1,100 on the weekend after winning the barrel racing competition in 17.62 seconds. Belgrade’s Cierra Tredway finished second while Choteau’s Celie Salmond placed third.

Final results from the weekend’s rodeo can be found below.

Bareback Town Score $$$ Won
1 J2 Bridges Dillon 79 $ 631.68
2 Cavan Wrzesinski Boulder 77 $ 473.76
3 Tucker Zingg Glendive 73 $ 315.84
4 Trevar McAllister Ronan 72 $ 157.92

Place Saddle Bronc Town Score $$$ Won
1 Taylen Nelson Jordan 78 $ 699.36
2 Connor Murnion Jordan 69 $ 524.52
3 Dakota Munns St. Anthony 68 $ 349.68
4 Yancy Hawley Hays 67 $ 174.84

Place Bull Riding Town Score $$$ Won
1 Casey Fredericks Busby 85 $ 695.60
Ground Money 0 0 $ 57.97
2 Tucker Zingg Glendive 82 $ 521.70
Ground Money 0 0 $ 57.97
3 Loncey Johnson Bozeman 77 $ 347.80
0 Ground Money 0 0 $ 57.97

Place Steer Wrestling Town Time $$$ Won
1 Michael Gollaher Cascade 4.7 $ 805.39
2 Klate Greany Helena 5.6 $ 615.89
3 Jordan Holland Dillon 5.7 $ 473.76
4 Cody Wiberg Victor 6.3 $ 307.94
5 Jabe Anderson Dillon 6.6 $ 165.82

Place Calf Roping Town Time $$$ Won
1 Albert Koenig Belgarade 10.9 $ 1,016.33
2 Jesse Medearis Misosoula 11.2 $ 777.19
3 Kevin Peterson Bozmeman 11.3 $ 597.84
4 Hank Hollenbeck Motlt 11.5 $ 388.60
5 Haven Meged Miles iCity 11.9 $ 104.62
5 Sam Levine Wolf Creeek 11.9 $ 104.62

Place Team Roping Town Time $$$ Won
1\2 Trey Blackmore, Steve Sherwood Grace ID 5.0 $ 1,108.26
1\2 Sid Sorge, Taner Sorge Shepherd 5.0 $ 1,108.26
3 Dylan Lufkin, CJ Lufkin Lemhi, ID 6.0 $ 738.84
4 Garrett Welch, Dean Welch Joliet 6.1 $ 480.25
5 Zane Holdbrook, Jody Wacker Melstone 6.5 $ 258.59

Place Lady Barrels Town Time $$$ Won
1 Mandy Hamilton Manhattan 17.62 $ 1,121.23
2 Cierra Tredway Belgrade 17.86 $ 921.01
3 Celie Salmond Choteau 17.93 $ 720.79
4 Tara Stimpsen Lodge Grass 17.95 $ 520.57
5 Paige Moore Rosebud 18.20 $ 320.35
6 Stephanie Bartmess Helena 18.22 $ 200.22
7\8 Emily Kallenberger Havre 18.30 $ 100.11
7\8 Tawnie Tribby Vaughn 18.30 $ 100.11

Place Lady Breakaway Town Time/Score $$$ Won
1 Drew Zipperian Clancy 2.2 $ 1,279.15
2 Shawnee Sherwood Grace 2.5 $ 1,050.73
3\4\5 Bry Fenske Rigby 2.6 $ 593.89
3\4\5 Jacey Fortier Laurel 2.6 $ 593.89
3\4\5 Tracey Bolich Belgrade 2.6 $ 593.89
6\7\8 Jamie Baker Cohagen 2.7 $ 152.28
6\7\8 Deb Lloyd Helena 2.7 $ 152.28
6\7\8 Jessie Marreel Great Falls 2.7 $ 152.28

Place Jr Barrels Town Time $$$ Won
1 Tayla Moeykens Three Forks 18.02 $ 249.60
2 Trinity Bushnell Helena 18.46 $ 187.20
3\4 Maci DeHaan Belgrade 18.53 $ 93.60
3\4 Kylie Lund Ronan 18.53 $ 93.60

Place Jr Breakaway Town Time $$$ Won
1 Sam Petersen Helena 2.5 $ 272.64
2 Logan Smith Deer Lodge 2.6 $ 204.48
3 Dillon Johnson Belt 5.3 $ 136.32
4 Teagan Arnold Conrad 5.6 $ 68.16

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