Sean Tesarski takes a tumble off Tough Duck during the bull-riding competition at the Sprucewoods Heartland Rodeo on Saturday. (ROBIN BOOKER/BRANDON SUN)
Tanner and Amarra Cook participate in the team roping competition at the Sprucewoods Heartland Rodeo on Saturday. (ROBIN BOOKER/BRANDON SUN)
SPRUCEWOODS — The last bull ride of the day had just ended and organizers were setting up for the team ropers that never had a chance for their run earlier in the day, when Larry Clifford, covered in dust from boot toe to cowboy hat, leaned through the corral near the bleachers.
"The event is put together by the Sprucewoods Rodeo committee. There are 12 of us who help put it together. We’re all rodeo enthusiast from the neighbourhood," Clifford said. "If we’re not involved in the rough-stock riding, we’re timed-event type people. Some of us are competitors, some used to be competitors and some are just competitors at heart. Every year is a successful year because we just enjoy doing it."
Cameron Haggerty, who helped to organize the rodeo, said the hot weather chased some people away, but there were still around 300 people at the rodeo on both Friday and Saturday.
"This is a community event, and each year we donate the proceeds to a charity. This year, I think we’re sending a couple kids to the legion camp for riding," Haggerty said.
The entire rodeo grounds, including corrals, bleachers and the tent is set up just days before the rodeo.
"Last Monday, this was just an open field, nothing but pasture. It’s the community-minded volunteers that make it happen. There must have been at least 30 people there when they were setting up the tents," Haggerty said.
The 10th annual Sprucewoods Heartland Rodeo included bareback, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, goat tying, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, pee wee barrel racing, ladies barrel racing, junior barrel racing, junior steer riding, team roping and bull riding.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 16, 2012