Fun, thrills and spills, all at the Dayton Rodeo

DAYTON – For the second night of rodeo action at the annual Dayton Championship Rodeo, nature was much kinder to the hillside covered with seated fans cheering on their favorite cowboys and cowgirls.

One of them even got up to dance.

Matt Pohlman, of Manson, was the lucky member of the crowd that got singled out by rodeo clown Keith Isley, of Goldston, North Carolina, as he entertained the crowd.

Pohlman was a good sport about being dared to dance if each calf roper made it under a certain time.

“I figured he wasn’t going to quit,” Pohlman said.

He did put on quite a dance.

“I think I did a better job than he did,” Pohlman said – perhaps issuing a challenge to a dancing contest with Isley.

Of course, he was pretty sure he didn’t get selected because he wasn’t wearing a cowboy hat. Instead, Pohlman donned a baseball cap.

“I actually lost my cowboy hat,” he said.

While Pohlman was having a great night in the stands, Dayton cowboy Danny Fye was having a horrible night in the arena.

He not only got bucked off the horse he was trying to ride but it stepped on him to add injury to insult.

It’s the reality of rodeo. Anything can happen, and it can happen quickly.

“I had 79 points last night,” he said while washing himself off with a hose behind the chutes. “I got kicked in the chest tonight.”

Other than an angry-looking red mark, the only other casualty of the accident was his shirt. It was ripped beyond repair.

He’s a firm believer in getting back in the saddle.

“I’m going to the next rodeo,” he said.

His girlfriend, Jessica Peterson, of Fort Dodge, was helping him clean up.

“I was just scared,” she said. “It’s a dangerous thing to do.”

Noah Haines, 2, of Garner, was watching the rodeo with his parents, Bill and Megan Haines.

He was having a little trouble with his cowboy hat. He found out it doesn’t fit too well when you turn it 90 degrees sideways.

His mom came to the rescue.

For Bill Haines, the rodeo is a long tradition that he was happy to share with his son.

“I’ve been coming to this since I was about his age,” Bill Haines said.

Is a ride on something with four legs that’s trying very hard not to have somebody riding it in his son’s future?

Maybe.

“We’re checking into the age limit for the mutton bustin’,” Haines said

The Dayton Championship Rodeo continues today with a performance starting at 7 p.m. The Monday show is at 1:30 p.m. and the annual Labor Day Parade is at 10 a.m. on Monday.