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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, July 11

by ProRodeo.com | Jul 11, 2016

The Wrangler Network will stream live coverage of the final performance of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo July 16, starting at 7 p.m. (MT). Log on to www.wranglernetwork.com to watch.

The 40th annual Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo (July 8-9) kicked off its festivities July 7 with the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days parade. The Isanti Firefighters Rodeo Association was selected as the grand marshal of the parade for the second time in the rodeo’s 40-year history. Isanti Fire Chief Al Jankovich invited retired members of the Isanti Fire District to participate as a mark of remembrance and appreciation for their contributions to the department, the association and the community. “There are generations of handprints in the concrete, names and dates welded in the bleachers from when they were built and lots of stories of hand-digging trenches and the hard lessons learned,” Jankovich said, referring to the rodeo grounds and the various renovations the Isanti Fire District has made to them over the years.

Dickinson (N.D.) Roughrider Days have come to an end for another year, which means the days are numbered for the Dickinson State University rodeo grounds. The arena will be torn down this summer to make room for the Theodore Roosevelt presidential library and museum. The DSU rodeo grounds has been home to the Roughrider Days Fair and Expo for 28 years. “It kind of became our home for quite a while,” Roughrider Commission President Justin Olson said. “It was always supposed to be temporary. There was always supposed to be something else built, and now there is something being built.” Olson says the commission is trying to get a group of volunteers together to break down the old arena and move it to be used as a practice arena at the Stark County Fairgrounds. A new arena will be built in time for the 2017 Roughrider Days Rodeo.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I remember growing up and following my dad. He rode saddle broncs forever, and I was a teeny tiny tike and I’d get to sit in his saddles before he’d get on. It’s just something I always wanted to do. It’s bred into me.

-Saddle bronc rider Hardy Braden, who’s currently leading the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colo., telling rodeo publicist Ted Harbin what it was like growing up in a rodeo family – with his father, pickup man Butch Braden, and his mother, WNFR timer Tammy Braden.

Courtesy of PRCA