Despite the assertions of some, cowboys aren’t hatched, they’re raised with that special drive that makes them think they can tame any beast.
A fun place to watch that unfold is at a junior rodeo, just like the one the local Ridge Riders Saddle Club is putting on this weekend in Delano.
This Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, young folks, ranging in age from the 5-and-under crowd all the way up to 18, will give it their best, starting at 10 a.m. each day.
At least 70 contestants have already signed up for some 53 events ranging from mutton bustin’ to steer wrestling, bareback riding and barrel racing.
“It should be a great event,” Ridge Rider President George Kohout said.
The winners will get cash prizes and belt buckles, on which the club just spent about $5,000.
Kohout said the club’s cook shack will be open at 10 a.m. each day as well, and ready to serve up a great lunch.
Age categories include 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 with each category separated into girls’ and boys’ events.