Cox family takes first place in ranch rodeo

Fourteen local teams competed in the Stettler Agricultural Society’s Ranch Rodeo, held Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Agriplex.

The Ross Ranch is pictured in action during the penning event in the Ranch Rodeo Competition

The Ross Ranch is pictured in action during the penning event in the Ranch Rodeo Competition

Fourteen local teams competed in the Stettler Agricultural Society’s Ranch Rodeo, held Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Agriplex.

The rodeo featured a total of five events: branding, penning, sorting, doctoring, and rustling/trailer loading. Organizers stipulated that each team of four needed to have at least one female participant, as in past years.

The Cox family from Big Valley, competing as the SO Ranch, came in first place. Their team included father Doug Cox, mother Rita Cox, sister Meagan Will and son Cody Cox.

Coming in second place was Meston Performance Ranch, featuring Logan Carry, Jenner Meston, Justin Meston and Kelsey Asmussen, all from the community of Tees.

The team from the Ross Ranch finished in third place and featured Christine and Rocky Ross, Neil Thorsteinson and Kelsey Elford.

Linda Thurston served as announcer. Ray Robinson, Bob Lomond and Skeeter Thurston were the judges while Penny Wilson, Twyla Stuckey and Tammy Robinson served as timers and scorekeepers.

The rodeo ran from 11 a.m. to mid-afternoon and was held in conjunction with the Agricultural Society’s Family Day events.

Several outfits offered sleigh rides on the exhibition grounds, while inside, chili and buns were served, along with coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits provided by Tim Hortons.

The society will wrap up the month with the Bullriding and Bullfighting School, running from Feb. 27 to March 1 and featuring world champion bullrider Daryl Mills and five-time Calgary Stampede bullfighter Scott Waye.