The bronc’s were buckin’ and the dirt was flying during an annual event in conjunction with the Canadian County Free Fair Friday night.
The El Reno Wranglers Rodeo filled the Denny Crump Arena with their annual equine contests to the delight of a knowledgeable and appreciative crowd.
The annual rodeo features a litany of rodeo competitions. Cowboys and cowgirls engaged in events ranging from bull riding to calf roping to the delight of the arena full of rodeo fans.
The Canadian Valley Rangerettes performed precision riding routines involving expert equine skills that wowed the large crowd at the arena on the grounds of the Canadian County Free Fair.
A special treat this year was the Las Canelitas Riding Team, a Mexican group of riders who performs riding side saddle while performing “Escaramusas.” Their colorful outfits highlighted their expert riding skills as they circled the arena in grand fashion.
Attendance at this year’s rodeo may have been affected by rodeos being held in other parts of the state, according to El Reno Wranglers President Marie Ramsey-Hirst.
“There was a lot going on over the weekend,” Hirst said, citing rodeos at Guthrie, Watonga and Altus. “It held attendance down some but we had a great time.”
The El Reno Wranglers Rodeo runs like clockwork due to the direction of the Big Horn Rodeo Company that stages the event, Hirst said.
“This rodeo contractor goes quicker than any other contractor I’ve dealt with,” she said of the efficiency shown by the rodeo company. “He puts on a good rodeo. They’re all over the state and I think they’ve even done some out of state, too. They’re really good guys.”
The rodeo started with a “mutton bustin,’” event for junior rodeo entrants, followed by a calf riding competition involving youthful rodeo performers as well.
The main events included ladies breakaway roping, barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, and barrel racing.