Rodeo cowboys survive the elements

Rain, wind and cloudy skies didn’t deter the Annual Spring Rodeo in Cowley on Saturday. In fact, the unpredictable weather has become almost a tradition.

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Local cowboys and cowgirls showed off their riding and roping skills and provided spectators with an afternoon of excitement. The event attracted participation from neighboring Montana, Lovell, Powell, Greybull and Cody. Events this year included calf roping, ladies barrels, youth barrels, saddle bronc riding, ladies breakaway roping, youth breakaway, steer riding, team roping, the ever-popular mutton busting event and even a wild horse race.

The event was organized by the Cowley Riding Club and was held on the rodeo grounds in Cowley.

Cowley Riding Club Spring rodeo results:

Bareback – Travis Willis, Cowley; calf roping – J.T. Collingwood; ladies barrels – 1st Dominique Allred, Lovell, 2nd Danielle Calder, Cowley, 3rd, Katie McMillan, Huntley, Mont.; junior youth barrels – 1st Abby Hamilton, Cowley, 2nd Abby Eaton, Cowley; youth barrels – 1st Maddison Edeler, Greybull, 2nd Tatem Edeler, Greybull, 3rd Logan Nunn, Lovell; saddle bronc – Jace Salutregui; ladies breakaway – 1st Kaylene Chaffee, 2nd Bobbe McMillan, Billings; youth breakaway – Tyler Steed, Cowley; steer riding – Jose Perez, Powell; team roping – 1st Dan Vanek/Mark Aragon, 2nd Shawn Bill/ J.T. Collingwood, 3rd Brett Richmond/Clark Hufty, 4th Scott Collingwood/Shawn Billy; wild horse race – 1st Rafter P Horse Shoeing team, 2nd Cassie’s Supper Club team.

By Patti Carpenter