Exciting rodeo action is coming to Cedaredge July 11-13 as Little Britches Rodeo contestants are in town for three performances: Friday at 5 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m.
This will be the 56th Little Britches Rodeo in Cedaredge.
The spirit, passion and excitement in Cedaredge and the valley this year for Little Britches Rodeo seem to be running at a higher level than anyone can remember.
Little Britches weekend is a community-wide celebration with a parade on Main Street at noon on Saturday, a big cookout for everyone in Town Park, and a street dance Saturday night.
There will be some local rodeoers competing in events this year who are doing really well, organizers point out. Fans will want to keep an eye on them as they show their skills in Cedaredge gaining points in the quest for championship honors at the World Finals in Pueblo July 21-27.
Kole Hawkins, 9, was last year’s Little Britches World Champion pole bender in the little wrangler division. Kole will be competing in Cedaredge this year with hopes of reclaiming his world championship title.
In the girls’ senior division, sisters Kendall and Sierra McHugh, along with Alyssa Isaman, have been finishing high in local rodeo trail course events this year, often taking the top three positions.
The three young women athletes should add a real competitive spark and excitement to the event this year for local fans.
Isaman is also competing at championship level in goat tying. She has placed in the top seven at the Little Britches World Championships.
Jessie Stillings, 9, competing as a little wrangler, finished in the top 15 last year in pole bending, and she will be competing again at home this year.
All of the contestants will be accumulating points in their performances on the way to competing in the Little Britches World Finals. That is where the local rodeoers will be heading with their families just about as soon as the Cedaredge Little Britches concludes.
There will be a full program of exciting and fun rodeo events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing, pole bending, girls’ goat tying, and others. Mutton bustin’ has been dropped from this year’s program in favor of a new and equally fun event — goat catching — organizers noted.