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Ranch Rodeo set to go this Saturday

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Shaunavon Standard

After a weekend of heavy rainfall across the Southwest, organizers of Shaunavon’s Annual Ranch Rodeo are happy to see that the weather forecast for the coming weekend is considerably better.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures are predicted for this Saturday’s (June 21) rodeo.

The event, being held for the 4th year in Shaunavon, is being staged more than a month earlier than its traditional date on the August long weekend.

The change was made for several reasons, including a crammed summer schedule that includes the Town of Eastend’s Centennial celebration, as well as the Frenchman River Gospel Jam.

“We’re hoping our new date will work for everyone,” said Nikolina Jacob, a member of the rodeo’s organizing committee. “We’d like to see a good turnout of people to watch the action.”

Ranch rodeos are based on ranch operations and completing the same sort of tasks that you would on a ranch.

Events being organized for this year’s Shaunavon Ranch Rodeo include Wild Cow Milking, Trailer Loading, Calf Branding, Team Doctoring (both simulated activities), and a Horse Catch.

The Ranch Rodeo is a team competition, featuring four-person teams vying against each other in timed events.

There will be some great prizes up for grabs at the competition, including saddles for the top team. The saddles are being displayed at local businesses.

The day-long celebration will also include a couple of fun rodeo challenge events for kids during intermission such as stick pony racing and wild ewe milking.

This year’s rodeo will also feature a team choring event in the morning. The competition is set to begin at 10 a.m. while the rodeo action will start at 1 p.m.

“The events are all based on ranch operations and completing the same sort of tasks that you would on a ranch,” said Jacob. “The ranch rodeo is fun to watch and there is a lot of action.”

A concession booth and beer gardens will  be part of the festivities.

Local volunteers on the ranch rodeo organizing committee include Curtis Jacob, Nikolina Jacob, Mike Lewans, Jen Lewans, Jaret Girodat, Ricki Girodat and Dustin Monson.

Anyone interested in learning more about the event can contact one of the organizers by phoning the Jacobs (306-297-2500), Lewans (306-297-6358) or Girodats (306-297-2252).

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