Manitoba High School rodeo Association held their third rodeo of the 2022-23 school year at Oak Lake over Sept. 16, 17 and 18, with a strong contingent of local competitors.
High School Rodeo holds many event classes, often broken into girls and boys events, and includes classes for the Junior High as well.
High School youth compete in rough stock events of Bareback and Saddle Bronc. Junior High youth compete in a similar event - Saddle Steer riding.
High School Steer Wrestling is like the regular rodeo. For Junior High youth there’s a Chute Dogging event where the calf is let out of the chute and the young cowboy, on foot grapples with the calf’s head to flip it to the ground.
There’s Breakaway Roping for high school and junior high competitors. The rider throws the rope. The loop must close over the calf’s neck, with the timer stopping when the rope breaks free from the saddle. This event is gaining popularity.
Both High School and Junior High can compete in tie down roping where the calf is caught, flipped and three legs tied.
Barrel racing and pole bending are skill testing events for horse and riders at both JH and HS levels.
The rodeo competition started with a Manitoba Reined Cow Horse event on Friday evening.