Wenatchee, WA –G.S. Long, Wild West Events and ZCountry present a Rough Stock Rodeo on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 inside the Town Toyota Center. Each night will consist of Bareback riders, Barrel Racing, Bullriding, Saddlebronc riding, and Bull poker. New this year is pony rides for the little tykes and the fan favorite Mutton Buston. There will be a total of forty-five contestants vying for hundreds of dollars, the exclusive rodeo buckle, and of course, bragging rights. The two judges will score 100 points total. Each judge has 50 points; 25 points for the rider and 25 points for the horse. The top eight contestants in each category will advance to Saturday’s Rodeo and then in a head to head competition.
On Friday, May 13, the rodeo will feature eleven contestants riding Bareback, which is compared to riding a jackhammer with one hand. This event requires the strongest cowboys in rodeo to compete. The riders hold onto a “suitcase handle” on a strap on the horse’s shoulder with one hand. The cowboy leans back and kicks his knees up to retain balance with the goal of being eight seconds of pulling against gravity. The rider with the closest 100 point score wins. In addition, the audience will have an opportunity to score their favorite horse and rider. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the end of the show. After the Bareback riding, saddle up for some fast action and quick turns by the ladies.
Barrel Racing is as mesmerizing as a horse at full gallop. The rider runs a cloverleaf pattern consisting of turns around three barrels and then a furious spring to the finish. The fastest time wins! Then, hold onto your seat for the bullriding.
Bullriding is 8-seconds and 2,000 pounds of terror! Bullriding requires balance, flexibility, quick reflexes and a tough mental attitude to step onto the back of a bull. The cowboy holds one hand onto a rope which wraps around the bull is only half the battle. After the inevitable ‘dismount’ bullfighters stationed in the arena protect the rider. Then, saddle-up for the classic event in rodeo.
Saddlebronc riding is born from cowboys taming wild horses. The cowboy only hold on to a thick rope attached to the horse’s halter. Every move must be synchronized with the movement of the horse for eight seconds. An outrider follows the action and helps the successful rider transfer to the pick-up horse at full gallop. Then, bring on the kids in Mutton Buston.
Columbia Valley Community Health’s Mutton Bustin will feature 15 kids from ages four-to-seven years old, a maximum of 45 pounds per kid. Each rider has a helmet and is placed on a sheep. The kid holds onto the sheep as long as possible. The rider who holds on the longest wins the trophy. After the mutton race, the crowd favorite is last, but not least.
New this year to the G.S. Long Rodeo is the Mcdonald’s Pony Rides. Children under 12 can ride ponies for only $3 per kid or two for $5 each. For all time action, don’t miss the finale event, Cowboy Poker.
Cowboy Poker consists of four regular folks who pay $50 each to play poker in the middle of the arena as a bull is released. The last one sitting wins the pot and of course, bragging rights.
Saturday, May 14 Rough Stock Rodeo will consist of the same schedule, but with the top eight riders in each division. The top two riders will advance to the Valley Feed head-to-head competition to determine the ultimate champion.
Rodeo Barrelman, J.J. Harrison is the funny man who will entertain the whole family!
Friday, May 13: The Washington State Apple Blossom royalty, Queen Kori Martin, Princesses Emily Holmes and Sami Everhart will be featured as part of the program.
Plus, Miss East Cascades 2016 Brianna Eddy, representing Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Kittitas counties at Miss Washington will be present.
Saturday, May 14: Miss Apple Valley Outstanding Teen, Cassandra Noyd vying for Miss Washington Outstanding Teen will be present.
G.S. Long Rough Stock Rodeo brings the ultimate cowboy entertainment experience in a family-friendly atmosphere. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Visit sponsor locations for $5 ticket voucher. Tickets can be purchased in one of four ways:
- Online: www.TownToyotaCenter.com
- Phone: 509.667.7847 or Groups: Jeremy Anders, 509.888.7362
- In person: Box office, 1300 Walla Walla Street or Wenatchee Valley Mall, East Wenatcchee
For more information, call Jennifer Bushong, VP of Marketing Partnerships, 509.888.7333.