Rodeoing remains popular sport for young generation

Rodeo is a family affair for Jared Hart, saddle bronc winner of the Rimbey CARA rodeo.

Ride ‘em cowboy: Nevada Bauer from Stettler was one of the competitors July 13 in the steer riding in the 13 to 15 year-old age group at the Rimbey CARA rodeo on Saturday.

Ride ‘em cowboy: Nevada Bauer from Stettler was one of the competitors July 13 in the steer riding in the 13 to 15 year-old age group at the Rimbey CARA rodeo on Saturday.

Rodeo is a family affair for Jared Hart, saddle bronc winner of the Rimbey CARA rodeo.

“I used to ride in the rodeos all the time, but now I go mostly because my son rides in the steer riding. I did my 20 years but now I go because it’s fun for the whole family, said the seasoned bronc rider from Hanna.

Hart’s children were all at the Rimbey Rodeo with 12-year-old JW placing third in steer riding and six-year-old Justin and five-year-old Sadie competing in the mutton bustin’ competition.

Nine-year-old daughter Savanah didn’t ride barrels this year, but came along just for the fun of being at the rodeo.

Hart won saddle bronc and his son won the steer riding last year at the Rimbey CARA rodeo, leaving the rodeoing family with good memories.

“It is a bit of a drive for us but it’s getting to be our favorite rodeo.”

Exciting action at the Rimbey Rodeo saw Jared Miller and Kyle Noble winning second and third in saddle bronc competition with scores of 69 and 65.

Darcy Banasiak won the bareback competition with a score 64, followed by Garrett Dunn with a score of 59.

In bull riding Chad Davidson led the way with a score of 71, followed by Jacob Stahl with a score of 68 and Jarvis Rinehart with a score of 66.

In the steer riding (ages seven to 12), Joe Thebeau and Brandon Tatz took first and second with scores of 76, JW Hart was third with a score of 73 and Kale Ward took fourth with a score of 70.

Winners in the breakaway roping (ages seven to 12) were Quade Kozak, Reene Robinson and Cole Warren.

Breakaway roping was won by Kennedy Smith.

Tie-down roping winners were Ken Lepp, Shane Smith, Joe Feser and Duane Ganske. Team roping winners were Dwayne Robbins/Gary Fecho, Rod Warren/Glen Lauwersson, Chris Cutter/Steve Cutter, Vince Flynn/Mary Stapleton, Steve Maddox/Wade Meston, Bruce Roberts/Marie McCaughey, Liam Roe/Thom Roe and Quinton Kozak/Lucas Brown.

In the barrel racing (ages seven to 12) Kianna Kozak, Lacy Burrage, Shanay Wilson, Keely Grover, Shayna Dyrland and Montana Klasses were top competitors.

In the barrel racing (ages 13 to 15) Blayde Melaney, Brooke Cooper, Logan Berreth and Cheyenne Delay were the top riders.

In the ladies’ barrels, top riders were Jalaine Anderson, Shayna Dodds, Sherry Andrew, Christine Miller, Darrian Saldecker, Lindsay Gittens, Candy Moore and Amber Gertner.

Hazel Street from the Rimbey Exhibition Association board said the local rodeo and the CARA rodeo held July 12 to 14 went well this year.

“We had an excellent crowd; bigger than usual and enthusiastic contestants. The weather cooperated and all went well. The cabaret was well attended and there was no problems with rowdiness.”

Street said rodeo fans and volunteers were worried when a young steer rider was injured on Saturday and taken to Rimbey hospital by ambulance. The cheering crowd’s fears were allayed when the plucky girl returned later that evening to do a re-ride.

Street credits the success of the rodeo this year and every year to “lots of volunteers and sponsors.”

Rimbey Exhibition Association board members are Sandi Taylor, president; Vykki Johns, vice-president; Gloria Christianson, secretary; Hazel Street, treasurer and promotions; Ken Dennis and Steven Boyce, grounds managers; Cory Lawes, rodeo manager; Sharon Janzen, gates and tickets; Tara Giesbrecht, barrels and local events; April McLean, cabaret manager and public relations; and Jessica Husband, queens’ manager.