Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo sets new record
The Ranch Rodeo has become one of the most popular events at the Black Hill Stock Show (BHSS) and Rodeo; and this year it may also prove to be the largest.
“I remember when our Ranch Rodeo Chairman had to work to round up twelve teams to compete,” said Ron Jeffries, General Manager of the BHSS. “Now, we have so many teams that we run a qualifying round Tuesday morning.”
This year’s fifty-thee teams is a record number of entries, and they will compete starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 to advance to the Ranch Rodeo Finals Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. There is cash, prizes, trophies and, most importantly, bragging rights on the line.
According to Kevin Schmidt, Ranch Rodeo Chair, “These guys are everyday cowboys trying hard to win this event. We have cowboys from as far away as Kansas with eight states participating.”
In addition to the record number of teams, the events have changed a bit. This year’s finals will have a “Wild Cow Milking,” where the cowboys must rope a cow and milk her in the fastest time. The catch is that these are range cows, not milk cows. The preliminary round will have a “Stray Gatherin'” event where contestants must head and heel two steers. One of the fastest-paced events is the “Titan Trailer Race” which is a relay-race where horses start in a trailer and the cowboys are in a Chevy pickup. When the bell sounds, the cowboys unload their horses and race one lap around the arena before loading the horses back into the trailer in the fastest time. The finals will again finish with the fan favorite “Crown Royal Wild Horse Ride.”
The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo began place Jan. 27 and continues through Feb. 6 in Rapid City, SD. For a complete schedule and tickets information go online at http://www.blackhillsstockshow.com.
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