Bulls wait in their pens for the bull riding competition at the East Helena Valley Rodeo. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

EAST HELENA – Friday night’s saddle bronc lead didn’t last long into the weekend at the 54th annual East Helena Valley Rodeo.

Jordan cowboys Taylen Nelson and Connor Murnion moved into the top two spots in the event after posting scores of 78 (Nelson) and 69 (Murnion) on Saturday evening. Friday’s top score was Dakota Munns of St. Anthony’s with a 68. Hays’ Yancey Hawley rode for 67 points Saturday, rounding out the three qualified rides.

Night two opened with Opheim’s Chase Redfield posting a 65 in the bareback, not good enough for the top three of the rodeo. The steer wrestling times were more impressive, as only one qualified time was posted Friday night – East Helena’s Ty Everson at 10 second flat. Victor’s Cody Wiberg (6.3), Danny Hildebrand of Joliet (7.0) and Ben Ayre of Glendive (7.6) took over the top three spots of the weekend.

Other athletes to move into the top spots on the weekend include Clancy’s Drew Zipperian in the breakaway roping (2.2), Bozeman’s Kevin Peterson in the tie down roping (11.3), Vaughn’s Tawnie Tribby moved into fourth in the barrel racing with an 18.3 while Brandt Ross and Shane Sorden of Melrose positioned themselves into a tie for third place in the team roping at 6.9.

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No qualifying scores were met in the bull riding.

The rodeo continues Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the East Helena Valley Rodeo grounds. Complete results from Saturday’s round can be found below.

 Bareback
1 Chase Redfield, Opheim 65
2 No Other Qual Rides

Steer Wrestling
1 Cody Wiberg, Victor 6.3
2 Danny Hildebrand, Joliet 7
13 Ben Ayre, Glendive 7.6

Ladies Breakaway
1 Drew Zipperian, Clancy 2.2
2 Deb Lloyd, Helena 2.7
3 Quinn Mader, Manhattan 2.8

Jr Breakaway
1 No Qual Times

Saddle Bronc
1 Taylen Nelson, Jordan 78
2 Connor Murnion, Jordan 69
3 Yancy Hawley, Hays 67

Ladies Barrel Race
1 Tawnie Tribby, Vaughn 18.3
2 Linday Kruse, Winston 18.46
3 Lauren Reiser, Townsend 18.5

Jr Barrel Race
1 Cadence Schweigert, Polson 18.75
2 Melissa Fuller, Bozeman 19.1

Team Roping
1 Brandt Ross & Shane Sorden, Melrose 6.9
2 James Ramirez & Trace Fuller, Bozeman 7.7
3 Dalton Carr & Nick Sarchett, Three Forks 9.8

Tie Down
1 Kevin Peterson, Bozeman 11.3
2 Dalton Carr, Manhattan 16
3 James Ramierez, Manhattan 16.4

Bull Riding
1 No Qual Rides

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