by Marianne Curtis
Rodeo fans were treated to two days of cowboys, horses, and cattle when the Manitoba Ranch Rodeo hit the outdoor ring in Marchand on July 28 and 29.
The two day event consisted of a sanctioned rodeo with cowboys from several Southern Manitoba communities competing in events that were challenging and in some cases down right hilarious.
Spectators hooted and hollered at some of the antics pulled by the sometimes uncooperative livestock. Despite many discouraging attempts the cowboys left the ring covered with dust but wearing a smile.
The list of events included bronco riding, steer mugging, team doctoring, barrel racing, wild cow milking. calf branding and the wild horse racing. The ladies and juniors competed in barrel riding and goat tying.
Each teams point results get tabulated to a final score for every competition they attend and at the end of the season they are presented an award for overall highest scores.
The event was hosted by the Marchand Community Club. The weekend also included a dinner on Saturday night followed by a performance by local country star Quinton Blair.
This team takes down a steer during the team doctoring portion of the rodeo.