BHSU Rodeo Coach Glen Lammers, left, is pictured with Katie Kehrig and Jim Johnston of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Kehrig and Johnston donated a horse named Leo, also pictured, to the BHSU Rodeo Team along with $5,000 in rodeo scholarships.

The Black Hills State University Rodeo Team recently added a new member - a horse named Leo.

Jim Johnston and Katie Kehrig from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, donated the horse on their most recent visit to the area. The couple became acquainted with BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp and the University’s rodeo program during their annual summer visits to the Black Hills, according to Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach. The couple also donated $5,500 - $5,000 for rodeo scholarships and the remaining $500 to help feed and care for Leo.  

 “Jim and Katie are interested in rodeo and wanted to donate the horse to help our student athletes as well as to see the horse reach its potential,” Lammers said. “It’s really a great situation.  We are grateful for Jim and Katie’s support. Their friendship and generosity is truly a blessing.”

Leo is staying with Lammers and his wife in Belle Fourche until the fall semester begins next month. Then the horse will be moved to the Seven Down Arena outside Spearfish – the practice area for the rodeo team.  “We are excited to have Leo join our team and look forward to seeing him develop and get prepared for competition,” Lammers said.

Lammers said he will keep Johnston and Kehrig updated on Leo’s progress and contribution to the team.

The rodeo team’s first competition is in September in River Falls, Wis.