For pride and money
Craig On June 8, adults - young and old - spent the day at Moffat County Fairgrounds.
Some were there for the pride of showing a quality calf, and possibly raising money at the sale, and others for the joy of roping and a potential purse.
Young adults from Colorado, and as far away as Montana, attended a grooming clinic hosted by MJK Sales and Feed at the Fairgrounds indoor arena. It was the second year of the clinic.
MJK brought in Kirk Stierwalt and his son, Ky, for the clinic. The Stierwalts, of Leedey, Okla., travel around the country to educate people of all ages on how to show their calves professionally.
"I teach young people that you got to put something in to get something out," Kirk Stierwalt said. "What these kids do unifies the family - they get support from mom and dad, brother and sister."
Fifteen people signed up and attended the event. Each attendee brings all of their own equipment and their calf. Throughout the four-day event, the Stierwalts lead group discussions, trainings and also provided one-on-one training for the attendees.
In the rodeo arena just a few yards away, more than 150 adults participated in a party roping hosted by Greg Barnes and produced by Kristy and Charlie Cordova. Kristy and Charlie Cordova own Last Chance Team Roping, and organize the event and provided stock.
Kristy Cordova said this is the 4th or 5th year of it being hosted in Craig. The event was once in Hayden, but they outgrew the arena there, she said.
More than $10,000 and a custom saddle was awarded during the event.
Craig resident Sue Weidner had won about $400 by mid-Sunday afternoon. She and her son, Matt, competed in a team roping event, where they successfully roped the front and hind quarters of a calf.
"You can make some money at these events," Weidner said. "We do it partly because we enjoy it, but a person hopes to break even."