By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Independent
A rodeo series aimed at developing the skills youth need to compete is back for another year.
The Stettler & District Agricultural Society will be hosting their Junior Rodeo Series for three Tuesday evenings beginning on Aug. 10.
According to event organizer Christine Ross, the series is open to youth between six and 18 years of age.
“We have appropriate stock for kids those ages,” said Ross.
“They get to come work on their skills, and hopefully better themselves as they go to the junior high rodeos, high school rodeos, or whatever else they decide to go to for the rest of the year.”
The events hosted in the Junior Rodeo Series are the traditional timed rodeo events, such as pole bending, barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, and tie-down roping.
“We usually have near 100 members competing,” said Ross.
“Most of those kids compete in multiple events. Kids get points, with prizes at the end.”
The age six to nine group will start at 3 p.m. each Tuesday, followed by the 10 to 13 group at 5 p.m. and then the 14- to 18-year-old age group starting around 7 p.m.
Fees need to be paid at registration on the day of event, and competitors must be in full western attire.
Due to the events sometimes running late, the Junior Rodeo Series is hosted in the indoor arena at the agricultural grounds. With the lifting of most health restrictions in the province on July 1, the event is open to public spectators, and for those not wanting to cook, food trucks will be available on site.
While the youth participating may not make it to every session, they are encouraged to do so, as they accrue points in each event they participate in with prizes being given out on the final evening.
“It gets more competitive every year,” said Ross.
“Because (the competitors) continue to work on their skills.”