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Five Cedaredge wranglers are heading to the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals after placing high at last weekend’s 56th annual Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo in Cedaredge.
Kole Hawkins had a combined 700 points to win the all-around Little Wrangler title and take home a saddle.
Hawkins, age 9, won the pole bending event and placed in barrel racing, goat tail untying, and flag racing. Hawkins will be defending his 2013 world champion title in pole bending.
Jessie Stillings, age 9, competed in all four Little Wrangler events, placing third in barrels and goat tail untying, fourth in pole bending, and fifth in flags for a combined 568 points.
Kendall and Sierra McHugh and Alyssa Isaman all finished high in senior girls competition. Kendall, a junior at Cedaredge High School, was reserve champion with a combined 807 points. Sierra had a combined 802 points to place third, and Alyssa was fourth with 801 points.
On May 6, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that limits the liability of farmers and ranchers engaged in agritourism. Agritourism is defined as agricultural recreation activities.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Tim Dore (R-Elizabeth) and Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village). There was bi-partisan support of the Senate and House versions of the bill. It passed the House on March 12, 64-0, and in the Senate on April 21, 35-0. The bill was supported by the 2013 Heritage and Agricultural Strategic Plan.
This is great news for Colorado’s farmers and ranchers who had sought and needed a new level of protection from the State for on-site tourism activities. The bill recognizes that agritourism activities are as important to Colorado’s economy as pure recreational activities like skiing.