Fun Night- July 1st
Fun night has set the stage for the Hub City Rodeo for the past decade. On the evening prior to the rodeo, members of the community get together to compete in such activities as hide races, musical chairs (albeit on their horses), stick pony races, and trailer races. New this year is the dog race. Bring a friend and your pooch and see how fast he can race to you (the dog, that is). The event is free of charge to watch and is a great family outing. Contestants are charged a small fee and signups are between 5:00 and 6:45.
Rodeo Events – July 3rd and 4th
Mutton Bustin’ is a great event for youth. The object is for the kid to stay on the sheep for the longest distance and longest time. The real trick to this event is getting the child on the sheep in the chute before they change their mind. Signups are Monday, June 26th, from 6-8 p.m. by calling Debbie at 462-3816.
Greased Pig Chase
During one of the short intermissions of the rodeo is the chance for your child to catch a pig. The Greased Pig Chase will have two classes: one for kids 5 years and under, and one for kids between 6 and 10 years old. Contestants will sign up from 7 p.m. until about 20 minutes prior to the event. Entry fees of $5 per contestant will be collected at the sign up desk and exact change is appreciated.
Wild Cow Milking
Teams try to catch and milk a “wild” cow—a cow that isn’t used to being milked by people in as short as time as possible.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Saddle Bronc Riding is the classic of rodeo. Cowboys must ride for eight seconds, keeping their free hand from touching the horse or saddle, with both feet in the stirrups. Saddle Bronc Riding is a judged event with combined scores on both the horse’s and the cowboy’s performance.
Calf Roping is an event that is easy to explain, fun to watch, and hard to do. The cowboy’s well-trained horse must be able to get a fast jump on the calf without breaking barrier, put the rider in a position for catch, make a good stop after the catch, and keep slack in the rope tight so the rider has an easier time of tying the calf. After the calf is caught, the rider runs down the rope and ties any three feet with a pigging string. The event is judged on the best possible time.
Barrel Racing is the most popular event among the cowgirls. In spite of barrel racing’s apparent simplicity, there are features in the contest that make it a tough one on both the horse and rider. Not many horses can be of championship quality because there are few horses that have both the high speed and the quick action of the feet needed to run hard and fast for a short distance, then whip through a 270-degree right turn, followed by two left turns which are almost as sharp. The event is judged on the best possible time.
Team Roping is an original rodeo event. Team roping uses two contestants: the header and the heeler. The header chases the steer and throws his rope around the steer’s horns, turning it back. Now, the heeler can get in position to throw his rope around the steer’s heels. When both horses are facing each other and the steer is in the middle with the ropes tight, time is called.
Breakaway Roping is an event using the same roping box and barriers as in regular calf roping. The catch-as-catch-can applies after the loop has passed over the calf’s head. The rope is attached to the saddle horn with a light, breakable spring. There is a white flag attached to the rope so the judges and timers can tell when the calf has broken away from the saddle horn.
Steer wrestling, or “bulldogging,” features a steer and two mounted cowboys. A steer is loaded into a chute with spring-loaded doors with barriers in place to ensure that the steer gets a head start. On one side of the chute is the “hazer”, whose job is to ride parallel with the steer once it begins running and ensure it runs in a straight line, on the other side of the chute is the “steer wrestler.” Once the steer is released, the steer wrestler attempts to catch up to the running steer, lean over the side of the horse which is running flat out and grab the horns of the running steer. The steer wrestler then plants his heels into the dirt slowing the steer and himself. He then wrestles the steer to the ground.
In Bareback Riding, a one-handed rigging is used. To make a qualifying ride, the rider must have spurs over the break of the shoulders and touching the horse with them when the horse’s feet hit the ground on the first jump out of the chute. The rider must stay aboard the horse for eight seconds to make a qualifying ride.
Bull Riding is the most popular event for both contestants and spectators. It is also the most dangerous. A 150 pound cowboy grabs a 2,000 pound temperamental bull with one hand and tries to hang on for 8 seconds.