Just when the indoor rodeo held annually in Devils Lake was in jeopardy of ending at the end of the season for 2015, Abrahamson Rodeo Co. stepped in to save the day.

Just when the indoor rodeo held annually in Devils Lake was in jeopardy of ending at the end of the season for 2015, Abrahamson Rodeo Co. stepped in to save the day.

For over 30 years the Berthold-based company has supplied the portable arena, bucking chutes, livestock and rodeo personnel needed for rodeos around the state of North Dakota, including the one held in Devils Lake.

In 2012 the Abrahamson’s along with the Lake Region Rodeo Association came together to develop a rodeo with a twist, they started the Lake Region Rodeo Association NDRA Shootout.  The three days of rodeo consisted of two one-day NDRA rodeos and on Sunday the finalé ending with the Shootout featuring the top six contestants in each event, gunning for winner-take-all.  This became an anticipated event featuring contestants from as far away as Texas as well as Canada.

Two years ago, the Lake Region Rodeo Association questioned whether or not they would be able to continue offering rodeo action in the Lake Region. For a while, it looked as if the annual rodeo held in the Burdick Arena in Devils Lake the last weekend in September each year, was not going to happen.

But the Abrahamson family wasn’t about to let that happen. In 2016 they stepped up and took the reigns of the rodeo itself making sure the Devils Lake rodeo will be the “biggest NDRA Rodeo in the state.”
And it was.

A year later, anticipation is growing to see what 2017 has in store.
The 2017 Devils Lake NDRA Shootout will be held Sept. 22 - 24. Performance times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

There will be pre-rodeo entertainment by recording artist Greg Hager, Calamity Cowgirls trick riders will perform both Saturday and Sunday during the rodeos, following the rodeo on Saturday night there will be a “party in the dirt” with the band “Big Skillet” and Cowboy Church will take place Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the Burdick Arena. Everyone is welcome to attend these events.
Remember, Friday night is Kids Night and all children 12 years of age or under will get in free.

Featured Events
Events to be featured:
Bareback Riding
Tie-down Roping
Saddle Bronc Riding
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping: Both Heading & Heeling
Barrel Racing
Senior Men’s Breakaway Roping
Steer Wrestling
Bull Riding

For the youngsters this year they will be having “Chuck-A-Duck” all three nights getting the kids involved, too. It’s a fundraising game of skill and luck that just about anyone can participate in. Like the Frisbee Throw of former years, participants will purchase their “duck” and at given times will be asked to “chuck” it into a barrel in the arena.
This rodeo, as with rodeos in the recent  past, will be sanctioned by the North Dakota Rodeo Association and will draw some of the top contestants to win a substantial amount of money heading into the late fall and winter run of rodeos.

The Devils Lake NDRA Shootout is one of the most uniquely formatted rodeos in the country. The top six contestants from Friday and Saturday’s performances will compete in the Shootout Round on Sunday. The purse for the shootout round will continue as a winner-take-all event.

Abrahamson Rodeo Company is a member of the North Dakota Rodeo Association, Roughrider Rodeo Association, North Dakota High School Rodeo Association and Western Edge Bull Riders. This event is co-sanctioned with the Minnesota Rodeo Association. Contestants pay an entry fee for each day they compete and there will be a separate payoff and points. You do not have to enter both days.

Each event has a purse of $500 added per day. The Shootout will take the top 6 average winning contestants in each event over the two one-day rodeos. Purse of $1,000 plus entry fees of $60 for Shootout and it will be winner-take-all. If there are no qualified rides or times in an event, that money will be added to next year’s Shootout purse.
Contestants are asked not to clean out trailers on school property and no plugging in trailers at the sales barn or vet clinic.

To get tickets in advance at a reduced rate, stop into the Cenex Travel Center, Cenex West, Lake Region RadioWorks or the Devils Lake Visitor Bureau (Chamber Offices).
Any questions, call Kelly at 701-240-1601, Kyle at 701-240 9790 or Kristie (rodeo secretary) at 701-240-2201.