Dakota Cowboy, a popular BEK TV show that captures the essence of the wild west and celebrates the rodeo lifestyle, is excited to announce the debut of a new section, Student Rodeo Athlete of the Week. This weekly feature honors great young rodeo competitors, their accomplishments, and their commitment to the sport.

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Danielle Fladeland/Kiera Mavity

The first six Student Rodeo Athlete of the Week winners are:

  • May 28            Zoey Wagoner          Arnegard, ND
  • June 4            Sofie Huff                  Kenmare, ND
  • June 11          Pete Jesse Maher     McLaughlin, SD
  • June 18           Cruze Kurle              Wilton, ND
  • June 25          Kiera Mavity              Dickinson, ND
  • July 2              Danielle Fladeland    Velva, ND

The Student Rodeo Athlete of the Week feature strives to highlight the remarkable talents and accomplishments of North Dakota's student rodeo competitors. Dakota Cowboy thinks that by highlighting these young athletes, he may inspire and motivate the future generation of rodeo champions.

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Cruze Kurle/Pete Jesse Maher

Dakota Cowboy asks viewers to contribute to making this program even more interesting and inclusive by nominating worthy student rodeo competitors for the Student Rodeo Athlete of the Week award. Rodeo fans are encouraged to nominate their favorite young athlete for consideration. Nominations can be submitted by emailing dakotacowboy@beknews.com.

"We are excited to introduce the Student Rodeo Athlete of the Week segment to 'Dakota Cowboy' and give young rodeo athletes the recognition they deserve," stated Tisa Peek, Co-Host of Dakota Cowboy. "These gifted individuals work extremely hard to hone their skills and compete at a high level." We want to recognize their accomplishments and encourage others to pursue their rodeo dreams."

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Sofie Huff/Zoey Wagoner

"Dakota Cowboy" is hosted by Peek and Wild Bill Palanuk. Peek began competing in rodeo as a student and continues to do so as a wife and mother. Peek and Palanuk were born in rural North Dakota and love Western culture and heritage.

Every Sunday at 7 p.m. CT, a new episode of Dakota Cowboy airs exclusively on BEK TV. It is also available live on bek news, and on the PRCA Pro Rodeo YouTube page, and all episodes are archived at bek.news/dakotacowboy.

Congratulations to all the winners, and best of luck through your rodeo careers!

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