The A Team from Meeting Creek ropes a cow for the doctoring event at the 9th Annual Donalda Ranch Rodeo. SANDY CLARK, FOR THE STETTLER INDEPENDENT

Donalda hosts 9th Annual Ranch Rodeo

Thirty-two contestants participate in Donalda’s community’s ranch rodeo.

Moush Sara John Independent staff

Earlier this month, the Donalda and District Agricultural Society hosted its annual ranch rodeo with 32 contestants taking part.

With a vastly different format from rodeo as we know it, the events are geared towards what actually happens on the ranch.

Winners aren’t declared for each event, but all scores for the events are added for a final tally to decide the winning team.

“This year, additionally, we had a contestant/peer select the most horsemanlike/sportsmanlike person,” said Beth Fulton, treasurer, Donalda Ag Society. “And it was a tie between Laurel and Ralph Pole from S/O Ranch and Lori and Craig Gordon from Rafter X7 Ranch.”

The winners for the rodeo were as follows.

In first place was the team from S/O Ranch from Big Valley – Doug and Rita Cox, Zach Gordon, and Megan Wills. In second place, was the ‘A’ Team from Meeting Creek – Dwayne and Wendy Adam, Terry and Ricky Anderson. In third place was Wakefield Ranch from Halkirk – Jody Wakefield, Bob Freimark, Monty Freimark, and Adrienne Herron.

“Since its inception, the Ranch Rodeo has always focused on the ranchers and supporting them by bringing awareness and educating the public about the role these individuals play in our economy and community,” Fulton added. “Moreover, the rodeo brings visitors and tourists to the community increasing awareness of what Donalda offers, and is a great opportunity to showcase our facilities and the improvements that have been made from funds raised over the years from the rodeo.”

Fulton said that the Ag Society would like to thank all sponsors, participants, spectators, and volunteers.

“All of them come together to create an awesome experience each year for our community,” Fulton said. “We look forward to seeing everyone again next year on the first Saturday of June.”

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