West Central Events Centre, Kindersley, Sk May 24, 25 & 26th
Spring ripening into summer brings new excitement for cowboys, cowgirls, and for the cowpokes at heart—rodeo season. For the folks in the Kindersley area, it’s about to come a little earlier this year with the 27th Annual Indoor Rodeo event on May 24-26.
Held at the West Central Events Centre, the event will feature the much-anticipated bull riding evenings, a kids’ calf scramble, a kids-on-foot rodeo, as well as other rodeo acts like steer wrestling and roping competitions.
“Things are shaping up for the event already, and by the looks of things it’s going to be even bigger than last year,” said Tyler Ritchie, current president of the Kindersley Rodeo committee.
Because of the early date of the rodeo, only one or two other rodeo events will be held in Saskatchewan during the same weekend, meaning there will be a flush of pro-level competitors looking for a venue in which to hone up their skills. With Kindersley being among the highest paying rodeo in the CCA, the odds of the pros heading for Kindersley’s rodeo are rather high.
“With more pros coming to town, next weekend will be a great watch,” says Ritchie. “Folks will see quicker timings, a higher level of skill in handling stock and overall stiffer competition; all of that, of course, makes things more exciting for the crowds and those competing in the event.”
Dennis Halstead who was the rodeo clown in 2015 will return this year. The 20-year-veteran rodeo clown is sure to impress Kindersley with his comedic antics along with his serious job of distracting bulls during the bull riding events.
As in other years, the rodeo doesn’t have to be just in the WCEC arena; the whole town can enjoy other fun-filled activities. The kick-off event will be Family Night on Thursday evening (May 24) at 7:00 p.m. where youngsters under 12 get in free. Slack starts on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m., followed by the annual Royal Bank BBQ from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. and then another main rodeo performance at 7:00 p.m., ending with the thrilling freestyle bullfighting event.
Saturday starts off right with the Plains Museum pancake breakfast from 9 – 11:00 a.m., and a mechanical bull riding big buck off at 12:00 noon. The Kindersley Rodeo Fundraiser BBQ will run from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. and the Kids “On Foot” Rodeo will follow the mechanical bull riding in the WCEC at 1:00 p.m. The last rodeo performance starts at the traditional 7:00 p.m. and the weekend wraps up with the rodeo dance at 9:00 p.m. with the Mitch Larock and the 4:54 Band.
“The whole Kindersley Rodeo committee has been doing whatever needs to be done in order to get this event up and running,” reported Ritchie. “It’s been awesome to see their hard work paying off.” Ritchie and his wife Ashley, treasurer of Kindersley Rodeo, have been mainstays of the committee for over eight years. “We are real rodeo people, and so making events like this happen is both a responsibility and a privilege.”
Ritchie pointed out that every year the committee would be hard put without the support of individuals and businesses in the community. “Every year and this year is no exception, we have been overwhelmed by the support of our community,” affirmed Ritchie. “This support and obvious interest definitely pushes our committee to do its absolute best to bring Kindersley the best rodeo on the circuit.”
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