A multitude of preparations must be in place when it is time for the rodeos staged by the Elizabeth Stampede, which were held this year from June 1-3. A few of the details that must be taken care of …
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A multitude of preparations must be in place when it is time for the rodeos staged by the Elizabeth Stampede, which were held this year from June 1-3.
A few of the details that must be taken care of including provide feed for the animals taking part in the rodeo; the stock that the competitors will face during the rodeo must be lined up and delivered; and care must be available for competitors taking part in the events.
One of the first issues is to make sure there is feed for the more than 250 bulls, steers and horses that spend at least part of the time in the corrals adjacent to the Casey Jones Arena during the three days of the Elizabeth Stampede rodeos, and the stock must be lined up for the competitors
“A lot of stock moves in and out of the arena corrals during Stampede,” said Ron Howard, volunteer production director. “For example, for Friday’s extreme bull riding event we will have 60 bulls in the corrals. Another 40 or 50 bulls will come in for the Saturday and Sunday rodeos. We also will have about 80 horses on the grounds as well as about 80 steers.”
He added it takes about 2 1/2 tons of hay and about 1 1/2 tons of grain to feed the stock.
“We are fortunate that we have great local sources of hay and grain for the animals,” he said. “Jill Walkinshaw at Jill’s Feed located in Elizabeth supplies all our grain. The grain is delivered all at one time and stored in bins to protect it from weather issues like rain.”
Howard said all the hay is supplied by George Taylor from his T Bar B Hay Ranch located in the Elbert County area.
“The hay is delivered once or twice a day and is fed to the animals as it is delivered,” he said. “Our weather can be fickle and hay must be kept dry. So the multiple deliveries means we will have fresh, dry hay to feed to the stock.”
Howard also works with the stock contractors bring in the horses and bulls for the rough stock events.
“Our stock contractor is Summit Pro Rodeo. It is the company that bought out Burns Rodeo Co. that used to supply our rough stock,” he said. “Jeff Hill who lives locally is one of the owners of Summit Pro Rodeo. He knows the Stampede and provides tough stock for our riders.”
He said one of the bulls that will test the riders is Across the Wyoming Line, which was PRCA Bull of the Year in 2015.
“Because the stock contractors provide the animals that will challenge riders at the Elizabeth Stampede, we have top PRCA cowboys coming here to compete,” Howard said. “For example, Sage Kimsey will be competing in the June 1 extreme bull event. Kimsey has been the PRCA national champion for the last four years in a row.”
Injuries can happen in rodeo competition and Howard said Elizabeth Stampede was fortunate to have the Justin Sportsmedicine Team on site.
“The team includes a physician, an orthopedic surgeon and a number of sports medicine technician,” he said. “Having them on site is huge, to have such high-quality medical care right at the arena. We couldn’t provide that quality care without the sponsorship of the medical teams by Justin Boots.”
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