Roping club readies for ranch rodeo

 By Jessica Benz

        The Terry Roping Club will hold their 9th Annual Ranch Rodeo Sunday, August 9 in conjunction with the Prairie County Fair. 

The five events will begin at 1:30 p.m.and will encompass team penning, team branding, double mugging, team doctoring, and the trailer race. Each five person team must include at least one woman, and all members must compete in all events. 
A ranch rodeo is an opportunity for cowboys and cowgirls to compete against each other in events showcasing aspects of everyday ranch work, and  provides an opportunity for local  cowboys and cowgirls to perform in front of their hometown fans and supporters. 
A Calcutta will be held beginning at 1:00 p.m auctioning off the team penning and average race.  Fans will have one last chance to make a purchase after watching these events, and prior to the trailer race. 
Teams pay a $250 entry fee, and the roping club will contribute an additional $500 to the purse helping to bolster payouts for each event. Additionally, first place teams can look forward to belt buckles, while second place entrants will be awarded breast collars. 
The rodeo continues to gain popularity this year with 12 teams slated to compete; three from Terry, one from Custer, two from Miles City, four from Glendive, one from Wibaux, and one from Jordan. 
This year’s judges will be Dave Fowler, Clint Grue, and Larry Keltner. The announcer will be Andy Wemmer, from Miles City, and kicking the whole thing off with a performance of the National Anthem, will be  Layna Grue.

Published August 5, 2009

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