Fans waited for a big score all weekend, and on one of the final rides Saturday night, it finally happened.
Teagan Hodgson of Manor rode Raftor Anchor Rodeo bull Push'n It to a score of 83 to win the bull riding event at the Estevan Rodeo.
Hodgson was the only rider to crack 80 on a weekend where high scores were tough to find.
Lane Laplante of North Battleford had set the mark of 79 a few minutes earlier, but Hodgson — the closest thing to a local in the field — held on long enough to take the title.
Three other riders stayed on their bulls: Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake (76), Tim Lipsett of Lumsden (72) and Tom Willoughby of Beechy (63).
The event featured a new-look arena, with the grounds having been redone and the corral fencing being replaced.
"We found out we've got a few little things we have to change, but it worked good. The contestants really liked it," said Estevan Rodeo committee member Laura Mantei.
About 1,000 people packed the grandstands over the course of two days.
"It was good, there's no doubt about it. I don't know if I've seen a crowd like that," said Mantei.
There were 227 entries and slack performances had to be held Saturday morning for steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping and barrel racing.
Among the event winners were Keifer Watt of Hardisty, Alta. (saddle bronc); Dustan McPhee of Hanley (bareback); Scott Sigfusson of Davidson (tie down roping); Travis McColl of Elkhorn, Man. (steer wrestling); Erin Hagan of Virden, Man. (ladies barrel racing); Neil Miller and Murray Moran of Brandon (team roping); Nicole Pana of Wood Mountain and Mardi Yarshenko of Maple Creek (junior barrels); Lane Link of Maple Creek (novice bareback); and Luke Chaplain of Kennedy, originally from Australia (novice saddle bronc).
There were nine local competitors in this year's rodeo, seven of them in barrel racing.
Cindy Brock, Melissa Harding, Torie Marie Froese and Danette Holbrook all took part in ladies' barrel racing, with Kathleen Schiml, Brooke Kruger and Justiss Daoust competing in the junior barrels.
Jeremy Ross entered team roping with Weyburn's Brett Gaube, and Austin Ameel competed in tie down roping.
Mantei said there has been no decision yet on whether next year's rodeo will be held in September or moved back to early summer.