Bull Bash Benefits Sauer Family

The Second Annual Andrea Arbuckle Memorial Shootout and Ride the Hide Benefit Bull Bash on Aug. 24 in Litchville showcased local bull riding talent and hosted a silent auction to come to the aid of the Mike Sauer family of Valley City.

Litchville natives Tate and Taryl Smith competed in the Bull Bash in memory of their cousin Annie Arbuckle.

The silent auction featured items including an NDSU Bison football helmet signed by Bison Head Coach Craig Bohl, an autographed 8”x10” portrait of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, a round of golf for four to Maple River Golf Club and four general admission tickets to the Aug. 29 Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks game against the Amarillo Sox.

All of the proceeds went to the Sauer family because Mike Sauer has been battling cancer and unable to work since Nov. 2012. His daughter, Lindsay, passed away from cancer on June 30.

Jody French, director of North Dakota-based EduTech, which works to provide IT for North Dakota public schools, was on hand to oversee the auction.

“There are so many expenses involved in a disease like cancer, so every bit helps,” French said.

36 bull riders competed in the Bull Bash, but only seven advanced to the sudden-death shootout round, whose winner would receive a $1,500 custom jacket.

Kritter Lamb of Timber Lake, S.D., started the round and was afforded a re-ride before posting an 86 on his second attempt. Brent Allen of Mandan, N.D., and Skyler Johnson of Center, N.D., posted no scores in succession. Jon Smith of Malta, Mont., earned 90 points to take the lead. Josh Ehlers of Grace City, N.D., held on for a long ride but was not awarded a score because he could not keep his hand up. Rance Maddox of Hecla, S.D., had the final chance to beat Smith’s score, but was quickly tossed.

Read this story in Monday's Times-Record.