Sutton Rodeo Co., of Onida, S.D., was awarded all three categories of Badlands Circuit Livestock of the Year, with the same three animals, for the second year in a row. Their animals: -303 Crystalyx, 420 Chuckulator, and 22 Crystal Springs Peach, have won the categories of Bareback Horse, Saddle Bronc Horse, and Bull, respectively.
Crystalyx is a nine year old black stud horse. Chuckulator is an eight year old bay stocking legged stud horse, which also is used in the Bareback Riding event. He won Bareback of the Circuit Finals in 2011, the first horse to win both Bareback and Saddle Bronc awards in the same year. He has been selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2010 and 2011, being voted as a Top Ten Saddle Bronc at the NFR both of those years.
Crystal Springs Peach is a six year old bull, orange and white high horned Brahma, purchased by the Sutton family at the Benny Binion Bucking Horse and Bull Sale in Las Vegas, Nev. He has a buck-off rate of 82%, having been rode only four out of 22 trips. His is partly owned by the Crystal Springs Ranch Rodeo committee.
The Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo is pro rodeo's regional championship for the states of North and South Dakota, and is hosted each year by the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo in Minot, N.D. This year's event was held October 4-7 and champions were crowned in each rodeo event. Sutton Rodeo's Crystalyx was awarded top Bareback Horse of the Finals and Sandman was awarded top Bucking Bull of the Finals. For more information, visit the website at http://www.MinotysMensRodeo.com.