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The 2008 Philip Invitational Matched Bronc Ride is ready to go. The

Friday, June 20, event has its 25 celebrity invitation-only cowboys

signed up for competition and has five bucking stock contractors

vying for their own prize.

The autograph session will begin at 5:30 p.m. under the arena tent

on the west side of the Philip Roping Arena. The session will run

until 7:00 p.m., when the riding will begin.

There will be three progressive rounds where only the top scoring

riders from one round go on to the next. From the first round of all

25 invited cowboys will come the top 12 for the second round of

bucking bronc competition. Only six bronc riders will advance to the

last round.

An amount of $5,000 has been added to make a total prize money of

$8,500 for the riders, $4,000 more than last year. Each round’s

winners will earn prize money, with the big money being paid for the

final go-round.

The five livestock contractors will each be providing five of the

top bucking broncs in the rodeo world. "That first round is going to

be phenomenal for the riders and for the spectators," said event

coordinator Branden West of Philip, who will also be competing. A

$1,000 prize will go to the contractor with the best performing horse

at the Matched Bronc ride. "This added incentive is to further ensure

that we have the very best livestock available," said West. No one

will know which cowboy will draw which horse until Tuesday, June 17,

at the 73– Cowboy Auction.

The second round will display T.J. Korkow’s Wild Ride Pen. "These

special colts are a bunch of ‘I don’t know!’ " said West. "Anything

can happen."

The third round will show off Korkow’s National Finals Rodeo horses.

"These are the best in the world. Some may have already been named

Best Bucking Horse in the PRCA," said West.

The Philip Chamber of Commerce is helping to sponsor this event,

which was an over-the-top success its maiden year last year. More

than 1,400 adults and children attended the night’s events. The

chamber will provide a buffalo burger feed as part of the entree fee,

though other concessions will also be available for purchase. There

are 11 other corporate sponsors for the bronc riding event: Kennedy

Implement, Philip Livestock Auction, First National Bank in Philip,

CHS Midwest Cooperatives, Ravellette Publications Inc., Shearer

Angus, Motel West/73– Saloon, Farm Bureau Financial Services,

Cattleman’s Choice Loomix LLC, O’Connell Construction and the City of


Tickets at the gate will be two dollars per person more than advance

tickets, which are available at six different Philip locations.

Children 10 and under get in for free.

"It should be good," said Jesse Bail. "Last year the horses were

good and they will be this year, too. Everyone got through it (the

first Matched Bronc Ride event during Philip’s Centennial

Celebration) last year and it’ll just get better each year now." Bail

will be riding in Reno, NV, the day before and will be competing in

Utah the next day.

Jeff Willert, who was visiting with Bail, said, "It’s a pretty good

deal. It worked out really well last year. It seems that its going to

catch on pretty good. The stock will be good. Everybody wants to get

on Korkow livestock. It should be a good year."

Last year, Chad Ferley tied for top money in the final go-round with

Zach West. Going into the final round were Lemmel, 82 on Baldie;

Ferley, 79 on Pocohantas; B. West, 78 on Shotgun; Z. West, 76 on

Slinkey; Jeremy Meeks, 74 on Juke Box; and Elshere, 73 on Road Rage.

Again this year, the list of cowboys already registered to ride is a

Who’s Who of bronc riders. Barring any conflict of rodeo competitions

on June 20, the cowboys are: JJ Elshere, Jeff Willert, Jesse Bail,

Chad Ferley, Louis Brunson, Rollie Wilson, Tyler Corrington, Matt

Hebert, Red Lemmel, OJ Heidler, Ryan Elshere, Wade Yost, Eric

Addison, Branden West, DJ Martin, Ty Thompson, Zach West, Jeremy

Meeks, Jamie Willert, Jake Costello, Ty Kennedy, Cole Elshere, Kaden

Deal and Cole Hindman.

The 25th slot, regretfully vacated by a cowboy who ran into a rodeo

conflict, will be filled very soon, said West. There are many

professional bronc riders who have shown great interest in being

invited to ride at Philip’s Matched Bronc Ride on June 20.