Spectators enjoyed a weekend of sunshine, ropes and reins at the 76th annual Stonyford Rodeo, hosted by the Stonyford Horseman’s Association.
The weekend of wrangling kicked off with the Stonyford Queens competition on Friday.
On Saturday morning, the annual rodeo breakfast was held at the Stonyford Fire Hall.
Following breakfast, 35 floats paraded one mile through town towards the rodeo grounds.
“Market Street was lined with people in parked vehicles and seated in chairs, many with umbrellas,” said Roy Stewart, Stonyford Rodeo media relations personnel.
Grand Marshals for this years parade were John and Tracy Whitney.
“John keeps the Association on focus to provide a quality arena and grounds for our contestants and a top-notch rodeo for our fans,” said Stewart. “Tracy has been active in helping with painting and cleaning projects. Though most of her time these past few years has been spent corralling kids so John can keep volunteering his time to the organization.”
Moments before the rodeo was scheduled to begin, a fluke occurrence nearly canceled the event.
“We almost had a catastrophe in that power went out about a minute before the rodeo was ready to start,” said Stewart. “Luckily, it came back after about 5 minutes.”
Over the course of the weekend, the rodeo featured several Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events including steer wrestling, bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, and barrel racing.
Out of seven contestants, Jacob Lees placed first in bareback riding by earning 81 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Southern Star.’
Luke Branquinho beat out the six other contestants competing in the steer wrestling competition in just 4.5 seconds. He earned $1,119 for his first place placing.
Blake Teixeira and Wyatt Cox roped a steer in 5.4 seconds during the team roping competition, earning themselves first place and $1,465 each.
Clayton Brums earned a total of 79 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ White Lash’ to place in first during the saddle bronc roping competition.
There was a tie for first place in the barrel racing competition between Brittney Barnett and Nellie Miller, each with a time of 17.57 seconds. For there first place spot, each girl was awarded $825.
John Pitts placed first in the bull riding competition with 85 points, riding Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Clean-n-sober.’
Wyatt Hansen was named “All-Around Cowboy.”