Having lived in cities most of my life, I have never considered myself even remotely a country girl. Needless to say, attending a rodeo has never been very high on my list of priorities, but I could not pass up a chance to see one during the Central States Fair here in my new hometown. So this weekend, our little family headed to the fairgrounds to see cowboys riding bareback, wrestling steers, roping calves, falling off bulls, and all that good old-fashioned rodeo stuff.
Range Days PRCA Rodeo was the last event in this year’s Badlands Circuit rodeo season and promised to be a lot of fun with several cowboys vying to qualify for the Nationals. The event lasted for three days, but we only attended the very last evening of competition. The night officially started with the national anthem and an invocation. The great photo of the stars-n-stripes below is shared from the Rapid City Journal website.
The first event, bareback, was a lot of fun, and featured cowboys from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Texas. Of course, the crowd cheered for South Dakotans, but after all was said and done, Mac Erickson from Sundance, WY walked away the winner with 85 points under his belt buckle. Way to go, cowboy!
Steer wrestling was next with cowboys from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska fighting for the top spot. Here is another wonderful action shot from Rapid City Journal staff.
Third on the schedule was tie down roping contest with some pretty wily calves trying to outsmart cowboys from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas, and Michigan. Saddle bronc riding and team roping followed, and then, it was time for the ladies to show what they were made of. Barrel racing competition was a lot of fun with Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, SD besting the field of ten cowgirls from South and North Dakotas.
Finally, it was time for highlight of the show – bull riding. Unfortunately, from the field of thirteen riders from South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Utah only two managed to hang on, one from South Dakota and one from Wyoming. To the fans’ dismay, the local favorite was bested by Bobby Welsh from Gillette, WY and had to settle for the second place.
If you ask me, being able to hang on and stay on the bull compared to the other eleven guys who fell off is a great accomplishment in itself. But then, what do I know? I am just a city girl.