Estevan experienced a taste of the Wild West over the Labour Day weekend, as the 2017 Rodeo galloped into town.
It all started with a parade on Friday afternoon, of which organizer Art Besel was pleased with the result.
"I think we had about 30 entries, so it went pretty well."
The CCA competition then kicked off that evening, and spectators took in saddle bronc, bareback, bullriding, tiedown roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. Event chairperson Laura Mantei noted that they had around 180 contestants enter, some from as far away as Austrailia and Paraguay. She added that the event could not have run smoother.
"I'd like to thank everyone for coming out. We need the spectators here to cheer the cowboys on, and it's great to see all the people come."
The intermission saw the local trick riding group, the Calamity Cowgirls, take to the ring and perform stunts from the backs of their horses.
Hometown member Cassidy Ross said that their perfomances over the weekend may have been their best yet.
"We've performed so many times here, and every time it kind of puts pressure on us to get better. It's good for us as a team"
Saturday morning saw the Dirty Dozen Mud Run take place, where participants ran a 5K race over 12 different obstacles.
"We had 69 people register this year, so that was great. It's up from last year," shared Chairperson Jesse Mantei, and she added that the ages of those who took part varied widely.
The competitive CCA events continued throughout Saturday afternoon and into the evening, where they concluded. Sunday afternoon then kicked off the annual Ranch Rodeo, which featured locals showcasing their talent along with certain celebrities. Organizer Brandice Petterson said that she was pleased with the turnout to watch the proceedings.
"I was pretty happy with it, considering that it's the only thing going on here today, whereas yesterday they had the rodeo and the horseshow."
The celebrities getting their taste of farm life and handling animals during the Ranch Rodeo expressed one thing in common, namely, that they had fun.
It's probably safe to say that those who performed throughout the weekend, those who volunteered, and those who gathered to watch would all concur to that feeling.
CCA contest results:
|Tuftin McLeod & Scott McLeod||5.4||$414.00|
|Jeff Quam & Grady Quam||6||$360.00|
|Scott Sigfusson & Ashton Lehmann||6.4||$306.00|
|Dalton Kraft & Jared Pancoast||10.5||$252.00|
|Greg Naylen & Roger Dunham||11.5||$198.00|
|Ben Switzer & Chanse Switzer||12.1||$144.00|
|Kevin Turner & Kyle Chappel||12.2||$90.00|
|Clay Allan & Carey Bevan||12.4||$36.00|