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Wyo Wild Ride Ranch Rodeo and sale June 24-26

Rhonda Stearns

The Cam-Plex at Gillette, Wyoming will become a dazzling kaleidoscope of colorful wild rags, high-topped boots and a mix of buckaroo and cowboy hats adorning some of the West's best ranch hands the weekend of June 24 -26, 2015. The WYO WILD RIDE RANCH RODEO & HORSE SALE is attracting them from across Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah and Colorado – and the ring of jinglebobs on their spur rowels will accompany free concerts of fine Western and Cowboy music, written, picked and sung by three of the top artists in the genre.

Action fires up at 2 pm Friday the 24th with jackpot competition in barrel racing, followed by team roping at 4 pm.

Arena chute gates will blast open on the Wyo Wild Ride Ranch Rodeo at 10 am Saturday the 25th holding the noisy audience on the edges of their seats as 30 talented cowgirl ropers compete in Steer Stopping; then 22 4-member open teams and 10 4-women teams compete in Sort & Doctor, Head & Heel Tie Down, Trailer Loading, and Head & Heel Team Branding. A Champion Challenge will then pit the top-5 Friday jackpot winners for title-winning runs. It'll all be topped off by 20 tough Stock Saddle Bronc Riders (including four women) on some of the rankest broncs you've seen. For the sake of your heart and blood pressure, cowboy kids will occasionally intersperse these fast-paced adrenaline-packed challenges with Mutton Busting and a Boot Race. Contestants in this Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSSRA) and Women's Ranch Rodeo Association (WRRA) co-sanctioned event are fervently seeking qualification to the WSSRA National Finals at Winnemucca, Nevada and WRRA National Finals in Loveland, Colorado this fall.

Around 30 head of proven premium ranch horses will be previewed at 9 am, followed by a free Trinity Seeley concert at 10. Auctioneer Justin Biesheuvel, 2015 Wyoming Bid-Calling champ and current president of Wyoming Auctioneers Association, will kick off the auction at 11 am with some fantastic donated items to benefit Bar B Ranch & Livestock, and the horse sale to follow.

–Wyo Wild Ride