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A roping, wrangling, riding weekend planned

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Rodeo enthusiasts and novices alike will find entertainment at the "Peninsula Cowboy Roundup" rodeo planned as part of this year's Progress Day's festivities.

"It is a great family fun rodeo," said Vicki Sorrels, events director for the Soldotna Equestrian Association. "All people can enjoy it."

This year's Progress Days weekend of family rodeo fun is actually third in the four installment series of rodeos brought to the Kenai Peninsula by the Soldotna Equestrian Association and the Ninilchik Peninsula Horseman's Association.

The series will culminate at the final rodeo at the Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik in August. The most recent rodeo had 95 participants, Sorrels said, adding that she would like to see the same numbers at the Progress Days event.

Some of the events planned for the Soldotna rodeo have been selected and assigned points so that competitors can vie for the final prize of an embroidered jacket, which will be awarded this winter after all four rodeos are finished.

The summer-long competitive portion will include classic rodeo events such as barrel racing, pole bending, penning cattle, team roping, double mugging, steer dubbing and junior bulls.

There will also be a rescue racing competition which challenges a team of one male and one female to stand at opposite ends of the arena while whomever is on the horse races toward his or her teammate and scoops him or her up onto the saddle in a record time.

An event that isn't for qualification this year, but still warrants some attention, is the slightly goofy "wild cow milking," which asks couples to use teamwork to get up close and personal with cows that have never been within miles of a dairy barn.

Other events cater to all ages and skill levels.

Children are invited into the arena for three-legged races, the down-and-dirty hide race and the challenging calf scramble, where young-uns of two species chase each other around the ring.

Older, more experienced buckaroos and buckerettes can try their luck with calf or junior bull riding.

For those spectators with a short attention span, Chili Pepper the Clown will keep things interesting in between events with tricks and jokes.

Members of 4-H also will provide horse rides throughout the weekend. The group is bringing their float and cotton candy making skills to the rodeo in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. July 27 and 1 p.m. 28 at the rodeo grounds off Kalifornsky Beach Road, just east of the Soldotna Sports Center.

Admission will be $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for those 6 or younger.

Event entry forms and advance tickets are available at Point of View Realty or by calling Sorrels at 260-6982.

CAPTION:Clarion file photo

Barrel racers help bring excitement to Progress Days.

HEAD:A roping, wrangling, riding weekend planned

BYLINE1:By CARLY BOSSERT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

Rodeo enthusiasts and novices alike will find entertainment at the "Peninsula Cowboy Roundup" rodeo planned as part of this year's Progress Day's festivities.

"It is a great family fun rodeo," said Vicki Sorrels, events director for the Soldotna Equestrian Association. "All people can enjoy it."

This year's Progress Days weekend of family rodeo fun is actually third in the four installment series of rodeos brought to the Kenai Peninsula by the Soldotna Equestrian Association and the Ninilchik Peninsula Horseman's Association.

The series will culminate at the final rodeo at the Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik in August. The most recent rodeo had 95 participants, Sorrels said, adding that she would like to see the same numbers at the Progress Days event.

Some of the events planned for the Soldotna rodeo have been selected and assigned points so that competitors can vie for the final prize of an embroidered jacket, which will be awarded this winter after all four rodeos are finished.

The summer-long competitive portion will include classic rodeo events such as barrel racing, pole bending, penning cattle, team roping, double mugging, steer dubbing and junior bulls.

There will also be a rescue racing competition which challenges a team of one male and one female to stand at opposite ends of the arena while whomever is on the horse races toward his or her teammate and scoops him or her up onto the saddle in a record time.

An event that isn't for qualification this year, but still warrants some attention, is the slightly goofy "wild cow milking," which asks couples to use teamwork to get up close and personal with cows that have never been within miles of a dairy barn.

Other events cater to all ages and skill levels.

Children are invited into the arena for three-legged races, the down-and-dirty hide race and the challenging calf scramble, where young-uns of two species chase each other around the ring.

Older, more experienced buckaroos and buckerettes can try their luck with calf or junior bull riding.

For those spectators with a short attention span, Chili Pepper the Clown will keep things interesting in between events with tricks and jokes.

Members of 4-H also will provide horse rides throughout the weekend. The group is bringing their float and cotton candy making skills to the rodeo in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. July 27 and 1 p.m. 28 at the rodeo grounds off Kalifornsky Beach Road, just east of the Soldotna Sports Center.

Admission will be $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for those 6 or younger.

Event entry forms and advance tickets are available at Point of View Realty or by calling Sorrels at 260-6982.



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