Rodeo has another successful year
Craig — The 53rd annual Ride ‘n Tie Rodeo took place Friday and Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and things went as planned, according to organizers.
“I think that this year has gone a lot smother,” said Ride ‘n Tie Rodeo Chairman Penny McCoy. “We have gotten a lot more people involved and we are looking for a lot more to happen next year.”
McCoy wants to have the rodeo associated with the fair each year.
“This is the second time that is has gone in conjunction with the fair,” said McCoy. “It was going with the Grande Old West Days. This is where we hope to have it stay. We look for it to keep on happening. It’s a big tradition here in Moffat County.”
McCoy said there was a large turnout of local riders.
“We were pleased with the crowd, but we would like to see it a little bit better,” said McCoy. “We had a lot of local riders Friday night. The competitors come from a variety of different places. We have a lot of them come from Wyoming.”
Moffat County resident Ryan Sixkiller enjoyed the rodeo.
“It was a lot of fun to compete in front of the home crowd,” said Sixkiller, 19, who competed in the breakaway roping event. “It’s a pretty good rodeo.”
According to Sixkiller, a Moffat County High School graduate who was on the University of Wyoming rodeo team, she is changing schools.
“In the fall, I am going to go to Northeast Junior College in Sterling, Colo. I got a better scholarship there,” said Sixkiller. “I finished fifth in the region in goat tying for the University of Wyoming. It was a pretty good year. This year I hope to make it to the college rodeo finals in goat tying and we will see how that ends up.”
Jake Hettinger, who recently competed in the National High School Rodeo Finals, believes he had a good showing in steer wrestling.
“I did all right in the steer wrestling competition,” said Hettinger, who will be a senior at Moffat County High School. “The rest of the competition was pretty good and it was fun to compete in front of the home crowd.”
Craig resident Tammy Brannan was pleased to get first place in the breakaway roping event.
“I drew a good calf and that helps. I made a decent run and it all worked out,” said Brannan, 25. “There were 20 competitors and it was pretty good competition. I grew up here and so it is kind of nice to have good luck at home. I thought it was a pretty good turnout and it seems better this year than in the past.”
After two days of competition at the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association State Finals, riders and ropers from Moffat and Routt counties are making their way into the home stretch.