Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:50

Reno Rodeo and Ag. Society board busy in Consul in early August

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Rodeo which is enjoyable for the entire family rodeo? Check.

 

Solid community support? For sure.
Rodeo growing in popularity and developing a solid reputation? Absolutely.
Multi-award winning event? You betcha.
One of the best small-town rodeos going is located in Consul — the hamlet located 70 km south of Maple Creek on Highway 21. The fifth annual Reno Rodeo will blast out of the chutes starting Aug. 3 and winding up Aug. 5.
Jill Richards, spokesperson for the “Biggest Little Rodeo in the West” said the Reno Rodeo and Ag. Society board of directors are excited about this year’s event.
“Every year, we add something to the arena and keep everything up to a high standard,” explained Richards who said visitors turn it into a reunion weekend where they can camp, go to the nearby parks as well as golf. “Great prizes for the competitors and we try to make it a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
“(Plus,) everybody has been so supportive and helpful in the community. It’s like ‘let’s get going.’ There’s no trouble getting help and there’s so much enthusiasm ... the rural mentality is that everyone pitches in.”
Reno was the CCA Rodeo of the Year in 2009 and the 2011 Saskatchewan Tourism Award of Excellence “Event of the Year.”
It’s no fluke the rodeo gets the accolades it does. A lot of time and effort goes into ironing out the wrinkles for the event.
An Open Rookie Roughstock event will be held where those young or inexperienced saddle bronc and bareback riders can compete. It’s open to any “aspiring rider who has not won over $1,000 in a 2011-12 sanctioned open-rodeo event.”
Competitors also do’'t have to be CCA members. Winners receive $1,000 plus a trophy buckle.
A limited edition poster is sold. It’s been done every year including this year, but the next one isn’t for another five years. This year’s poster is a work done by Gena LaCoste of Medicine Hat. There are even 2012 bumper stickers available.
For the youth, they have the “World’s Biggest Sandpile” which is covered so the young children can play in the shade.
There’s a Junior Rodeo event held on Saturday afternoon.
The winners of the early afternoon’s mini-chuckwagon event will go on to take part in a “Dash for Candy” (playing on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association’s reference to the “Dash for Cash”) during the main rodeo’s intermission which is held in the early evening.
At that time, the mini-chuckwagons’ tarps are auctioned off. People bid on the chuckwagons without knowing who the drivers will be.
Prior to last year’s mini-chuck final, they generated $1,000 during the tarp auction.
“Every kid gets something,” said Richards and added that there’s no losers in the events. “The first year we tried the Junior Rodeo, we thought we’d get maybe 12 entries. Last year we had 80.”
Support for the event is impressive considering there are about 60 to 70 residents within the town and 400 to 500 in the entire R.M. of Reno. People from Manyberries, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Shaunavon and even Montana attend.
The Open Jackpot Team Roping event is Aug. 3. Entries start at 6 p.m. and roping at 6:30 p.m. To enter phone James Blakley at 306-299-4857.
On Aug. 4, The Kid’s Rodeo starts at 2 p.m. with the Canadian Cowboy Association Rodeo Performance at 5:30 p.m. The tarp auction for the youngsters’ mini-wagons and the “Dash for Candy” final Wagon Race will be done at intermission.
Aug. 5, there’s a pancake breakfast, Cowboy Church at 11 a.m., Team Jackpot Team Roping slack at 9 a.m., and rodeo performance at 2 p.m. which also includes the popular poster auction.  
Those locals wanting to enter the main rodeo, anyone wanting to enter the Junior Rodeo or the Rookie Roughstock can phone Richards July 23 at 306-299-4411 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. CCA members from out-of-town can enter through the CCA.
For more info., visit: www.consulrenorodeo.com.

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