Ranch rodeo this weekend

The Minden Ranch Rodeo is set for its 14th running this weekend at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, with approximately 40 participants set to compete in the team competition and a number of others competing in individual events.

The ranch rodeo differs from a traditional rodeo in that events are styled around every day working ranch chores.

Therefore, instead of to steer wrestling, pole bending, bull riding and bareback riding, at a ranch rodeo, you see ranch doctoring, team branding, wild cow milking, big loop roping and double-mugging, along with the likes of ranch bronc riding and ranch ream roping.

Joel Kruger, a longtime competitor who took a lead role in organizing the event last year said work to put the rodeo on begins in January.

“It takes a pretty big effort to get everything put together,” he said. “Everyone organizing this has full time jobs, but it is one of those things that is such a great tradition, it is worth the effort.

“By the time it rolls around, you get about 400 or 500 people in the stands. Starting next year, we’re really going to try and expand it moving forward and figure out how to get even more people in the stands.”

The event is a stop on the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association circuit annually, which conducts ranch rodeos across the Western United States throughout the year.

The gates open at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with a 10 a.m. performance set for both mornings. The main event is Saturday night, starting at about 5 p.m. The weekend wraps up around 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“Saturday, you get a couple events in the morning and they’re out there showing the ranch horses,” Kruger said. “The park will be open all day pretty much.”

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds from the event go toward funding a college scholarship for a high school rodeo participant (This year’s winner is Wyatt Denny, who is competing that the national finals this week) and toward the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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