After a successful Mud Bogs in the Cereal, Alberta area, the Kids Rodeo was held over the weekend. 113 contestants were entered to demonstrate their horse skills, roping, goat tying, steer riding and the catching and riding of wild ponies. Kids of all ages took part, and were the stars of the show.
Rodeo Coordinator Nicole Duque helped put on the event, and talked about the different categories of events that took place.
“We have thread, the needle, barrel racing, steer riding goat tying, wild pony racing, mutton busting and breakaway roping. Those are our events, and each one of those has a peewee, a junior, intermediate and senior category, so each age of kids gives a chance to win.”
Duque then explained how the prize money was doled out.
“We pay out six places, all the kids’ money that they put in to the event gets paid right back to them in six places. And then we also have high point buckles, so each kid that wins a category gets so many points, therefore they can get a buckle.”
Duque then explained the importance of the Kids Rodeo in the community.
“These kids are tough and this is why we do this, it’s to show them that we still have to keep going on through all the tough times, the good weather and the bad weather. And we raise them that way, and our families are all in the same boat, living the same lives. And we're raising these kids to develop life skills, treating their livestock with respect and treating their elders and their fellow contestants with respect as well.”
The annual kids rodeo was part of an exciting summer for residents of the Cereal, Alberta area, and it expects to return once again in 2023.