Each year the Greeley Stampede rodeo crew rallies together to produce a youth rodeo. Sponsored by John Elway Dodge, this year’s Kids Rodeo was comprised of 150 cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of three and eighteen. There are three basic divisions of events: rough stock, gymkhana, and toddler/non-horse events. More than $2,700.00 was awarded to the winners in prize money, buckles, and trophies.
Ten year old Katie Cassidy kicked off the event with the singing of the National Anthem. Announcers Art Parker and Kevin Rich commentated as two arenas ran simultaneously inside of the Stampede arena. The competitors traveled from near and far to join the youth festivities including more than 80 Weld and Larimer County residents as well as several competitors all the way from the United Kingdom.
“The Kids Rodeo is one of the many ways that the Greeley Stampede can give back to the community,” said Kids Rodeo Ram Rod, Breezie Lynch. “We feel like we are doing our part to bolster the rodeo industry by getting and keeping kids involved at a young age.”
The champions of the 2016 Kids Rodeo:
- Recreational Mutton Bustin: Adler Palmer – Total Score 88
- Boot Scramble: Caden Kage – 1st in the race
- Goat Tail Tying: Skott Rush – 8.95 seconds
- Goat Tail Pull: Ava Little – 5.59 seconds
- Stick Pony Race: Braydon Keel – 6.5 seconds
- Competitive Mutton Bustin: Caden Kage – Total Score 82
- Calf Riding: JD Hunt – Total Score 49
- Rough Riders: Giovanni Olech – Total Score 75
- Jr. Barrel Racing: Harley Ann Baas – 15.16 seconds
- Sr. Barrel Racing: Taylor Hendrix – 15.04 seconds
- Jr. Flag Racing: Preston Weichel – 10.61 seconds
- Sr. Flag Racing: Erin Chandler – 10.83 seconds
- Jr. Pole Bending: Bre Hicks – 22.74 seconds
- Sr. Pole Bending: Raelynn Marshall – 23.57 seconds
- Jr. Keyhole: Kamryn Adent – 7.86 seconds
- Sr. Keyhole: Reann Marshall – 7.25 seconds
- Goat Tie Down: Reann Marshall – 13.22 seconds
Kids are invited to compete in Mutton Bustin at the Sheep Stampede in the Kids Korral daily as a free activity as well as at the Stick Horse Rodeos presented by the CSU Rodeo Club on Saturdays and Sundays. Rodeo fun continues in the arena with the PRCA Pro Rodeo series which commences on Monday, June 27 -June 30, and July 2 with finals on July 3.
Greeley Stampede tickets are available online at www.greeleystampede.org, at the Stampede Ticket Office open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm in June or during the event, by calling 970-356-7787 and at all Colorado King Soopers.
ABOUT THE GREELEY STAMPEDE: The Greeley Stampede, a 501(c)4 nonprofit corporation, is Colorado’s premiere summer western celebration. This longstanding event has grown in diversity and popularity since its inception and has provided music and rodeo entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people every summer. The Stampede was inducted in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2014 and the event was named 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Mountain States Large Rodeo of the Year. The Stampede will be celebrating its 95th annual event June 23-July 4, 2016. For more information about the Greeley Stampede visit www.greeleystampede.org.