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Northwestern student wins Oregon Trail Rodeo title


August 26, 2022

HASTINGS, Nebraska – Denton Oestmann, Auburn, Nebraska, won the tie-down roping at the Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings, Nebraska. The 31st annual event ended on Aug. 21.

Oestmann is a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. Growing up in Auburn, he competed in Iowa High School Rodeo because of his proximity to that state. He made a 9.1 second run to win the event in the final performance.

"It's Sunday," he observed, "and an afternoon performance, and it's a little warmer. Everybody likes to say the money is won up here on Sunday." Four of the top six winning tie-down ropers competed on Sunday.

As first gunner for his event on Sunday, he got some advice from friends. "They all told me, you have to give (the calves) a step (ahead). You need to stay behind the barrier, and that's all I was trying to do. Nothing real fancy."

Oestmann never planned on rodeoing full time this year, but after he placed at several rodeos this summer, he decided to rodeo in the circuit more.

"I hadn't planned on going to circuit rodeos. I was going to stay close to home and finish this horse. I had won pretty good by the middle of July, so I figured I'd better go" to more rodeos.

Short Stack, his 7-year-old sorrel gelding, is still "green" and lacks experience, but he's gaining.

"He's been pretty good this summer," Oestmann said. "I've been seasoning him all summer. He got scared (in the arena) by the (music from the) speaker, but with a little time and a little seasoning, he'll be okay."

Oestmann will graduate in May of 2023 with a degree in ag business and a minor in animal science.

Jacob Edler of Alva placed second in the steer wrestling competition with a 4.4:3 behind Marc Joiner of Loranger, Louisiana, who edged him out with a time of 4.3 seconds.

For more information on this year's Oregon Trail Rodeo, visit the fairgrounds website at For complete results, visit


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