Just thought we would take a few minutes to say hello and recap our summer.
After a winter that seemed as if it would never end, our season erupted fast and furious!
Holstein once again morphed into a bustling little metropolis July 9-11. Perfect weather, sold out crowds, outstanding entertainment and fierce competitors made the weekend a complete success! With over 200 entries for each rodeo, we added an additional slack on Friday to ensure a great event. The stock showed us that they were as tired of the winter as our riders did and allowed for some incredible rides and catches. The Egremont Optimist again outdid themselves!
With barely a chance to catch our breath, July 17/18 we packed up and headed off to J & J Quarter Horses for the 3rd Kitchener Rodeo. As usual, the Moore family’s hospitality ensured that this weekend was very well organized and lived up to their reputation of providing a phenomenal venue for rodeo. Moonshine played and allowed us to kick up some dirt dancing the night away in an old fashioned barn dance.
July 24/25 found us on the road again! We ventured into Chatham/Kent for our first time. Unfortunately, the weather did not shine very happily on us and “mud wrestling” seemed to be a popular pastime for the weekend. Though the weekend brought several frustrating and challenging moments, both rodeos went off without a hitch. The tenacity and devotion of our contestants to the sport shone brightly! In hindsight, the weekend has provided us all with many a good laugh!
Finally, we had a chance to rest, relax and recoup before heading out to renew some old acquaintances in Shannonville on August 7/8. After many years off, the town welcomed Rodeo back with enthusiasm! Plenty of hard work ensured that even with a little rain on Sunday, nothing could dampen the spirits of our entrants.
Our final stop for the regular season this year was Wiarton. The volunteers of the community of this beautiful lakeside town worked extremely hard and provided a tremendous weekend for all. From the Club Show, to the Tractor Pulls, to the First Nations Presentation, to the dance at night, to the rodeo, a great time was had by all!
We were honored to produce the Ontario Finals Rodeo again this year. The indoor arena in Alliston took away a great deal of stress and worry for all of us. The many hours of volunteer time spent on preparing for this weekend and the amazing caliber of competitors made for one of the best Finals to date. Congratulations to all those that competed and to the Potato Festival Committee for rounding out a truly fun, exciting and successful season.
While rodeo season has ended, we haven’t hung up our ropes yet. There is a benefit roping on Saturday, October 30 at Wild Colt Ranch in Gadshill for Ray Smith. Breakaway Roping entries 11:00 am Calcutta 11:30 start 12 noon
Many thanks to our friends-Old and New-for joining us in our adventure this year. To our fans-your tolerance and continued support throughout the elements this summer are genuinely appreciated. To Joe Gautier-Thank You, your pen of bulls provided some great rides and lots of entertainment. It was a pleasure working side by side with you. To Our Committees-Thanks for inviting us to your “homes”.
Al & Karyn