Handful of locals win big at Ride ‘N Tie Days Rodeo at Moffat County Fairgrounds
With more than 150 people in attendance Saturday night for the final day of the 2020 Ride ‘N Tie Days Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, a handful of Moffat County residents claimed cash prizes.
Saturday’s show featured 57 competitors in nine competitions at the rodeo, including Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Mixed Team Roping, Saddle Bronc, Breakaway Roping, Open Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.
On Saturday, locals Kasen Brennise, Trent Vernon, Garrett Buckley, Kaitlynn Hayes and Keenan Hayes claimed cash prizes.
Brennise, competing in Tie-Down roping, won $708.60 with a time of 10.1 seconds, edging Vernon out of Maybell, who won $354.30 with a time of 10.3 seconds.
In Bareback, Hayden’s Keenan Hayes registered a score of 78 to win $264.65, while in Saddle Bronc Buckley tied for third with a score of 68, winning $192.56.
Hayden native Kaitlynn Hayes claimed a win in Barrel Racing, clocking a time of 18.5 seconds to win $469.60.
The two-day rodeo was a major success for Craig and Moffat County just a week after the Moffat County Board of Public Health gave the event the go-ahead.
All in all, I thought it was good,” Grand Old West Days Committee Chairman Melody Villard said. “I’m just so glad we were able to have a rodeo this year.”
Per the agreement with Public Health, the rodeo had to stay below 175 spectators while everyone practiced social distancing. For Villard, it was a challenge, but one that turned out well.
“It was OK,” Villard said. “It’s the first event I’ve ever done that I wanted a kind of low attendance. I just didn’t want it to grow above our mitigation plan.”
Following Saturday’s show, the Ride ‘N Tie Days Rodeo held a concert, featuring Lendon James & the Hwy 34 Band Live with Christopher Thomas, who played some of their hits for spectators Saturday evening prior to the fireworks show presented by Craig Fire/Rescue.
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