by Carol Dunn
LA VETA– Ten teams competed in last Friday’s Ranch Rodeo, during the Huerfano County Fair, in events that are right off the range. The rodeo was coordinated by the Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers Association, which designates half of the Calcutta proceeds for its scholarship fund. The Rattlesnake Butte and Six Bit teams were the favorites in the Calcutta, bringing bids of $470 and $400 respectively. The total Calcutta proceeds were $2,455. Half of that plus team entry fees contribute to the overall prize money.
The winning team was Matthew Ranch, located near Ordway, with team members Dustin Eddy, Orin and Leah Koontz, JD Wycoff and Wade Early. Second place team was Bar Nothin’ Ranch, located south of Pueblo: JT and Amber Schalla, Luke Sharon, John Montgomery and Johnny Paycheck. Third place team was Rattlesnake Butte, local Huerfano County cowboys Frank Martin, Ty Edmundson, Dave Stroh, Larry Fuller and Paul Waldroupe.
The announcement at the end of the evening had Rattlesnake Butte in second place, but the Bar Nothin’ Ranch received five bonus points for having a valid time in each event, moving them into a tie with Rattlesnake Butte. The score in the calf branding was used as the tie breaker, bumping Rattlesnake Butte to third place.
Rodeo events included bronc riding, team branding, trailer loading, team penning, and ribbon roping. “This is the real thing,” commented Dave Stroh, a team member and also president of the Stockgrowers Association. “These are things we really do on the ranch.” Stroh told the Journal that it helps to have a team that has worked together before. “Neighboring is important. We all help each other out. We know how our teammates work.”
Other teams competing in the rodeo were: the Mustachios, Quatro Primos, Wolfe Ranches, Half Fast Cowboys, Last Chance Ranch, and Hi-Planes Feedyard.