Crowley County Days hosted an open ranch rodeo competition on Friday night in Ordway. Nine local ranch teams entered the event, and the top three groups walked away with over $3,500 in prize money.
Events included wild cow milking, maverick branding, team doctoring, and trailer loading. The four competitions were combined to make two events; the wild cow milking and the maverick branding made up one event, while the team doctoring and trailer loading made up the other.
The top three teams overall were:
1st - Montgomery Bits and Spurs (Gary Grokett, John Montgomery, Levi Lenard, Jesse Crowder, and Cash Chamberlain).
2nd - Iron Springs Ranch (Gary Hall, Andy Welch, John Montgomery, Jeb Brown, and Clayton Casey).
3rd - Ribeye Feeders (Lance Smart, Bob Bamber, Rob Place, Junior Miller, and Jackson Donnell).
According to the Ranch Rodeo Committee member Jim McCuistion, the competition was close and intense, with only a millisecond separating the second and third place teams.
The ranch rodeo started with a Calcutta, where spectators gambled on favorable teams. Proceeds from the auction were put into a pool and distributed to those who selected the winners.
Over twenty mutton busters kicked off the event, and Trent Buhr was named the champion with a 69 point ride.
Cowgirl Trick Riders also made an appearance during the intermission of the ranch rodeo. "Crowley County Day's was a fantastic experience for my team and I. We enjoyed everything this event had to offer between their tasty meals, their ranch rodeo and all of their fun side events. The town overall was filled with down to earth people that made even those from out of town feel welcomed," says Cowgirl Trick Rider Kaileigh Medalen.
Crowley County Days Fair Board and event organizers would like to thank their community and valued sponsors for their continued support and contributions.