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While the weather this Independence Day may not have been ideal for jumping in the lake, it was perfect for rodeo. An enthusiastic crowd that organizer R.T. Hendrickson estimated was bigger than most in the event’s 28-year history packed the wooden bleachers at the Arlee Fourth of July Rodeo, cheering on local cowboys and out-of-towners alike. And this year, the spectators weren’t baking in the sun.

“(The turnout) was really good this year, because it was cool,” Hendrickson said.

Cowboys and cowgirls from all over Western Montana competed in 13 events for about $3,000 in prize money. While only a few bronc and bull riders managed to last a full eight seconds, there was plenty of excitement to be had in the other events. Arlee cowgirl Bobbi Taulber took home the belt buckle for top barrel racer with a time of 14.89 seconds, while her top three competitors all came in under 15 seconds.

“We had some fast barrel racing,” Hendrickson said. “All four places were pretty close.”

This year’s rodeo was dedicated to the memory of Juanita Schall, Carmel Tanner and Lenord Lytle, three Arlee residents who passed away during the last year.

No qualified ride
Saddle bronc
1, Billy Hendrickson, Arlee, 70 points, $420
2, Levi Hendrickson, Arlee, 67 points, $280
Bull riding
1, Matt Triplett, Columbia Falls, 76 points, $550
2, Levi Hendrickson, Arlee, 67 points, $330
3, Eagle Estvold, Missoula, 65 points, $220
Calf roping
1, Karl Tyler, Lolo, 15.2, $390
2, Josh Harris, Ronan, 21.1, $260
Steer wrestling
1, Jake Andrews, Kalispell, 13.3, $350
Top 4 saddle bronc
Billy Hendrickson, Arlee, 71 points, $500
Ladies breakaway roping
1, Emily Schall, Arlee, 2.6, $320
2, Nichele Marmon, Arlee, 3.1, $240
3, Karen Duncan, 4.4, $160
4, Darcy Aspinall, Charlo, 7.5, $80
Ladies barrel racing
1, Bobbi Tauler, Arlee, 14.89, $680
2, Halle Gjermundson, Arlee, 14.96, $510
3, Alyssa Doering, Missoula, 14.98, $255
3, Kaylena Ursua, Arlee, 14.98, $255
Team roping
1, Herb and Josh Harris, Ronan, 7.5, $410 each
2, Colt Nagy and Nichele Marmon, 8.6, $307.50 each
3, Gale Skunkcap and Daryl St. Goddard, 9.1, $205 each
4, Jamie Horner and Scott Lund, 12.4, $102.50 each

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