THE ROSENEATH RODEO RIDES AGAIN
THE PRO RODEO COMES TO THE ROSENEATH FAIRGROUNDS
Rumor has it that many years ago, the rodeo used to come to Roseneath, Ontario every year. For whatever reason, it stopped coming and years went by. But now, for the second year running, the rodeo is back and I had the pleasure of seeing it in all it’s glory this past weekend at the fairgrounds in Roseneath, Ontario.
It was a beautiful sunny day to take in the sights and sounds at the fairgrounds. Sights included families wearing cowboy/girl attire (hats, boots, jeans, plaid, sometimes with a little sparkle) while practicing their swagger, children playing with trick lassos and running around. Sounds included classic rock and country music booming from speakers, the laughter of children, and the sounds of livestock and livestock gates clanging open and closed.
I took a seat on the bleachers overlooking the sand filled rodeo arena, and settled in to watch some good old rodeo events including the cowgirl break away roping, calf roping, barrel racing, bucking horses, and bull riding.
The rodeo was great – if a little painful to watch at times. The traditional rodeo events showcase men and women expertly partnering with their horses and each other, and playing out the classic theme of man versus beast, often times with the beast winning. The guys especially really seem to get quite a bit beaten up… watching the contenders “walk it off” after they participate in the bucking horses and bull riding events brings a visual to the term “to walk like a cowboy”. They are stiff and beat up and walking like they just escaped a car crash. I would hate to feel how they must feel later in the day. I’m not gonna lie, after sitting on the bleachers for a couple of hours watching the rodeo events, I was feeling a bit like a cowboy myself. But watching the events sure is fun. The contenders for all of the events were from all over Ontario, other provinces in Canada, and a few were from the US who come north to ride “the rodeo circuit”. One cowboy was from Australia.
Outside of the main rodeo events, there were also performances by the Canadian Cowgirls, as well as a High School Rodeo, a Kids Fun Zone, a beer garden, and a Rodeo Dance on Saturday night. Lots of food and some merchandise vendors were also onsite.
Hosted by the Rawhide Rodeo Company, one of the largest and most accredited professional rodeo companies in the world, they arrange more than 100 rodeo events throughout Canada and the US each year, and give out more than $1 million in prize money annually.
The Roseneath Rodeo was a professionally sanctioned event, and the Rawhide Rodeo Company is held to strict guidelines to ensure the animals are well treated and cared for. If traditional rodeo events are something you might be interested in seeing, or if you want to spend the day doing something new and different, I recommend the Roseneath Pro Rodeo. Keep your eyes on the Roseneath Pro Rodeo Facebook page, or at the website below, for the 2 day rodeo coming back in 2018, likely in August. In the meantime, scuff up your cowboy boots, dust off your cowboy hat, and practice your swagger.