BILLINGS — Cole Goodine’s bareback ride at the 2017 Chase Hawks Roughstock Rodeo did not end well.
“I broke my wrist,” said the Canadian.
He was feeling a whole lot better on Saturday night, winning the bareback title at the popular roughstock event at Rimrock Auto Arena.
Goodine was one of two cowboys from north of the border to win titles. Dawson Hay, of Wildwood, Alberta, joined his father Rod, winning the saddle bronc title while Garrett Smith, of Rexburg, Idaho, won the bull riding.
The annual rodeo features 20 invited cowboys to compete in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. The rodeo is a fund-raiser to help families in need.
“It’s a great rodeo,” said the 28-year-old Goodine. “There’s a lot of good guys riding here.”
Riders compete at the Chase Hawks Roughstock Invitational at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Saturday.
Goodine, of Carbon, Alberta, won with an 87-point ride aboard Great Nation of Sankey Pro Rodeo. It was the high-mark ride of the three roughstock events.
“I talked to a few guys about the horse,” Goodine said. “It was a matter of handling my business.”
Goodine earned $5,800. R.C. Landingham, of Hat Creek, Alberta, was second with 85.5 points for $4,400, while Tanner Aus, of New London, Minnesota, Connor Hamilton of Calgary and Trenton Montero, of Winnemucca, Nevada, all shared third place with 83.5 points for $2,266 each.
Goodine already had a plan for his early Christmas present.
“Go buy more Christmas presents,” he said.
In 2018, Hay matched his father by earning the PRCA rookie of the year award in saddle bronc riding. On Saturday, the 20-year-old cowboy became the third member of his family to win a Chase Hawks title. Father Rod won the event in 1999, while uncle Denny Hay won in 2002 (shared with Dan Mortensen) and 2005.
“I guess now I have to make the National Finals Rodeo. That’s the next goal,” said the younger Hay.
Hay emerged from a stellar field that included three former world champions to score 86.5 points aboard Double Take, owned by Powder River Rodeo.
“They told me it was a good horse to have,” said Hay. “I knew it would be a little bit of work.”
Deer Lodge’s Chase Brooks and Cole Elshere, of Faith, South Dakota, shared second place with 85-point rides for $3,800 each.
Hay’s pursuit of the NFR might be a little tough in 2019. He plans to enter the high-paying winter rodeos, then have surgery on his right knee in March.
“It’s tore up pretty bad,” Hay said. “I’ll be out for a little while.”
Smith’s win was a nice finish to a rough 2018.
He underwent surgery after the 2017 National Finals Rodeo after placing fifth in the world standings. He was supposed to miss sixth months — “I was out three,” Smith said with a smile.
The former three-time high school national all-around champion then suffered a broken pelvis at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in late summer.
Smith assuaged his pain with 84.5 points aboard the Sankey Pro Rodeo bull Spitball for $5,800.
“That was awesome,” said Smith. “I didn’t know anything about that bull. I think it’s better. You just react instead of trying to plan. They always do the opposite of what you expect anyway.”
Riker Carter, of Challis, Idaho, was second with 83.5 points for $4,400, while Edgar’s Parker Breding was third with 81.5 points for $3,200.
NOTES: Dantan Bertsch was the busiest cowboy of the evening. The Canadian had three bareback rides after being given re-rides after the first two. He scored 80.5 points on his third bucking horse and did not place. … Hawk White was a late replacement for Matt Triplett of Kalispell in the bull riding. Triplett, who scrambled his way into the Professional Bull Riders World Finals this year, is nursing a sore wrist and wanted to be ready for the PBR opener, Jan. 4-6, in New York City.