By Marianne Curtis
Hooves pounded and dust flew as crowds gathered in Marchand recently where they were treated to two days of rodeo action thanks to the Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association (MRRA).
On July 24 and 25, the Marchand Community Club played host to cowboys, cattle and spectators alike during the MRRA sanctioned event. During the weekend, several teams of cowboys from various ranches in the province competed in a number of events.
During the rodeo, teams that normally work together on the ranch, take to the ring and compete in a variety of ranch style events. These include steer mugging, team doctoring, team branding, wild cow milking, saddle horse race, ranch bronc ride, wild horse race, barrel racing and goat tying.
This was the second appearance of the rodeo in the region as part of this year’s nine scheduled events, including the finals. The first event was in Vita as part of their annual Canada Day celebrations.
The Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association (MRRA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserve the heritage and traditions of the ranching lifestyle.
Shaelyn Hewson takes on the barrels.