Wild West Weekend fun from top to bottom
Wild West Weekend winners
Open bronc: Shane Menefee, Riverton, Wyo.
Rookie saddle bronc: Colt Alred, Rangely
Ranch bronc: Moses Sihue, Wiggins
Mini bronc: Keenan Hayes, Hayden
Sheep hooking from horse: Ripley Bellio
Sheep hooking from foot: Nick Chew
Mutton busting: Ty Ivy
Dance competition: Wayne and Janet Wright
Craig — Craig showed off its Western heritage and sports prowess Saturday evening as part of Grand Olde West Days.
The Wild West Weekend that took place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Saturday delivered a full slate of rodeo events and performances before a crowd of hundreds. Those attending were treated to bronc riding by cowboys young and old, as well as watching the youngest group of cowboys take on mutton busting and sheep hooking.
In its second year as an event, and first as a part of Grand Olde West Days, the Wild West Weekend had something for all ages, which made it a major attraction, said Glenda Bellio, a member of the organizing committee.
“The newest thing this year was we added the mutton busting,” Bellio said. “The little guys always love to do something. They hate just sitting in the seats. This way they could get down there and get involved. We allowed that age group that’s between mutton busting and being able to ride the bigger rough stock to do the mini broncs, so we had everybody able to participate.”
The evening started off with mini bronc riders. Four youths from Craig and one from Hayden had a shot at riding smaller broncs, using only one hand. While all rode admirably, it was Keenan Hayes of Hayden who stole the show, scoring an 85-point ride and hanging on well beyond the 6-second horn.
Next up were the Rocky Mountain Bronc Riding Association competitions, broken up into three categories: open bronc, rookie saddle bronc and ranch broncs. The crowd cheered as cowboys from across Colorado, Wyoming and even Arizona and Texas worked their way around the fairgrounds arena.
The Western heritage and the animals made it a great event for the community, Bellio said.
“We had some pretty exceptional bronc riders who put on a great show for everybody,” Bellio said.
It was Shane Menefee, of Riverton, Wyo., who took the open bronc competition, while Colt Alred, of Rangely, won in rookie saddle. Moses Sidhu, of Wiggins, won ranch bronc for the second time.
From the start of the rodeo events to the barn dance finish, Bellio said she was pleased with the tournament and thankful to have an event go smoothly and without any injuries.
“Most all the comments we got were favorable for the event and everybody really seemed to enjoy it,” she said. “The dance was exceptional and we had a lot of people of all ages show up. That’s the goal — to get the family out here and enjoy each other.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or email@example.com
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