The team of Wes Shipton

Kevin Hopper Memorial well received

There was lots of friendly competition waged at Rimbey Agricultural Society’s first annual Kevin Hopper

There was lots of friendly competition waged at Rimbey Agricultural Society’s first annual Kevin Hopper Memorial held last Saturday and Sunday at the rodeo grounds.

Both participants and organizers seemed pleased with the event.

“It was fantastic,” said Brady Brown from Cherhill Ranch. “It was very organized for sure. We will be back next year.”

The Cherhill Ranch team which included Brown, Brad Martin, Troy Ryan and Randy Chrupka took third place in the ranch rodeo, and went home with $780 in their jeans.

“It’s better than coming home empty,” said Brown, adding his team may compete in Edmonton at a ranch rodeo later this fall.

Jennie Chesney from the Rimbey Ag Society said the event was great overall.

“Events like this could certainly not take place without the generosity of our sponsors and the ag society thanks them sincerely for all their support. We also thank all the volunteers who donated their time so generously.”

Shirley Ingram from the ag society said there were 32 entries and participants came from all over Alberta.

The ranch rodeo included cattle doctoring, branding, sorting, wild cow milking and trailer loading.

Rubber Horn Ranch won first place at the ranch rodeo and second place went to Sleepy Springs Ranch. Cherhill Ranch took third and fourth place was won by R Bar Ranch.

The top hand for the day was Kyle Keats.

Winning first place in the ranch roping contest on Sunday was the team of Tim Edge, Gary Toews, Troy Rhine and Dale Keats.

Second place went to Kyle Keats, Jordan Richardson, Will Machinan and Stan Goetz.

Third place was won by Kelly Bradford, Brad Martin, Jordan Richardson and Justine Inglis.

Aleah Laing, Brady Brown, Ed Wedman and Darcy Welsh won fourth.

The top hand award for ranch roping went to Will Machinan.