Ranch Rodeo to feature 12 teams

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain The Marr Flat Cattle Company team, out of Joseph, gets ready to rope at a previous Ranch Rodeo event.

Get your wallets out and if you’re ’bout broke, pool your money with some friends.

It’s that time of year again.

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days 2015 Ranch Rodeo is Saturday, June 27, at the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Grounds in Joseph.

The action begins at 5 p.m. and 12 teams of real cowboys will enter the arena to compete in six events: Team Roping, Team Branding, Ranch Doctoring, Team Sorting, Ranch Bronc Riding, and Steer Stopping.

Kids (16 years and younger) will also compete in Goat Roping and Stick Horse Riding.

To up the ante and your enjoyment substantially, get to the rodeo grounds the day before the event for the three events even greenhorns can enter.

Your added fun starts at 2 p.m. at the rodeo grounds on Friday, June 26.

Saddle up your horse and you can be part of the free two-hour annual trail ride to the top of the moraine. Last year 38 riders braved iffy weather, but the weather looks good for this week.

When you get back you can eat a good beef dinner in the Thunder Room. Tickets ($15 adults; $7 for kids ages 5 to 10) can be purchased at the door for the 6 p.m. dinner, raffle and social.

Then, stick around for your chance to get really amped at the rodeo. This is where you tap your savings or pool with friends.

Following dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on your favorite ranch team in the Calcutta. If you win the bid on a team, you’ll share in their winnings and if they win ... you just might be able to afford the party you’ll want to throw afterwards.

Most of the money these cowboys and cowgirls win will go into the school scholarship fund. But the winnings in the Calcutta can be substantial.

More importantly for you, having a team to cheer makes the main event that much more scream-worthy. Get into it!

The main event, you’ll recall, is at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 27, in the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena at the CJD Rodeo Grounds. Tickets are available at the gate for $6 adults, $3 ages 5-10 years.

The teams this year are fairly even, all with top notch cowboys — from former National Finals Rodeo contestants to one old-timer in his mid-70s. He may just be the dark horse in this event. Watch out.

Teams signed up represent a good cross-section of the ranches in the county. Quail Run Ranch Team is back again along with Triple Creek Ranch, Fence Creek Ranch, Marr Flat Cattle Company, Circle P Ranch, Steen Ranch, Yost Quarter Horse Ranch, Jim Hite Ranch, Miller Ranch, Yost Ranch and newcomers Beau Botts Ranch and Probert Ranch.

Conspicuously absent is the Baremore Ranch Team. One of the wild and woolly Baremore boys fell off a roof and was hurt, so they are short-handed this year. They have consistently placed (and sometimes won) and will be missed.

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