Remembering Wes

Ride-N-Tie Rodeo dedicated to a local legend

It's been a long year for Becky Hertzog.

After the tragic death of her husband, Wes, after an accident at the Routt County Fair and Rodeo on Aug. 21, 2005, Becky has been picking up the pieces of her life.

Friday

7 p.m. -- Main performance

Bareback bronc riding

Calf tie-down roping

Break-a-way roping

Saddle bronc riding

Steer wrestling

Mixed team roping

Open team roping

Ladies barrel racing

Bull riding

Special Event: American freestyle bullfighting

Saturday

9 a.m. Slack performance

7 p.m. -- Main performance

Bareback bronc riding

Calf Tie-Down Roping

Break-a-way roping

Saddle bronc riding

Steer wrestling

Mixed team roping

Open team roping

Ladies barrel racing

Bull riding

Special Events (Before start of main performance)

Wes Hertzog Memorial Ride

Hertzog family presentation

"The last year has been hard, but it's been especially hard on our son (Evan)," Becky said. "Every year, Wes and Evan took a trip for two weeks -- just the two of them -- and called it their 'summer tour,' where they'd go around to different rodeos."

The 59th annual Ride-N-Tie Rodeo is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday.

This year, the rodeo will have a special meaning for Becky and the rest of the Hertzog family. The rodeo's board of directors has dedicated this year's Ride-N-Tie to Wes, and a special dedication ceremony will be held Saturday after the Wes Hertzog Memorial Ride.

"It's really nice to know that people thought this much about him," Becky said. "He'd be really happy that people are doing this. The community has done so much and been so supportive."

For years, Wes trained young riders who asked for his help. Austin Corson was one of those riders.

"Wes always made sure that the young riders he helped did it right and had the right equipment," Becky said. "The night before Wes was injured, he had given Austin his chaps and vest for a rodeo later on. Austin's dad died in a car accident a few years before, and Wes always had a special place in his heart for Austin."

Dusty Taylor is another Craig youth who has been affected by Wes.

"In a school project, Dusty was asked to draw his hero and write reasons why they were a hero to him. Dusty drew Wes riding and wrote that he was kind, generous and neat," Becky said.

Wes' first rodeo was in 1964 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, said Amanda Schneider, Ride-N-Tie's board president.

"We were honored that the Hertzog family would let us dedicate this year's rodeo to him and have been so helpful in getting us information," Schneider said.

Ride-N-Tie locals

Ride-N-Tie will run a full schedule of events starting at 7 p.m. Friday with bareback bronc riding. This year, Ride-N-Tie also will feature American freestyle bullfighting, an event in which a competitor goes head to head with a Mexican fighting bull for 70 seconds.

"Bullfighters from all over the country are participating to see who can put on the best show and not get hurt," Schneider said.

The freestyle bullfighting will follow the regular schedule of events Friday night.

In the ladies barrel-racing category, two riders will be featured from Moffat County -- Brooke Behrman and Julie Haskins. Haskins and Behrman have been competing in barrel racing since they were young.

"My grandma used to (barrel race), and my aunt Julie (Haskins) has been doing it a long time," Behrman said.

This is Behrman's fifth race of the summer, and she hopes to finish high.

"I have more confidence than last year," Behrman said. "But even if I don't finish good, there's always another race."

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