A family orientated rodeo association. This is how many describe the atmosphere that surrounds the Red River Roping and Riding (the 4R's) KCRA Rodeo.
The event, now in its sixth year, filled the riding club’s grounds north of Prince Albert over the weekend.
“This is all about family,” Ryan Cox said. He and his family are from Prince Albert and rodeo has been a family affair for years.
The 4R's rodeo plays host to competitors of all ages from across the province. It has grown immensely over the years and has been well embraced by what many refer to as the ‘family on wheels.’ The number of entries were up substantially this year thanks in part to additional local talent.
Cox said the opportunity to have an event such as this in his own backyard was significant not only for the community but local competitors as well.
“For them to gain the valuable experience and build their skill level here and right at home in front of their family and friends is huge,” Cox said. His 10-year-old daughter Jewelian was barrel racing Saturday. The young lady posted an astounding time of 15.86 seconds and is currently undefeated this year.
The rodeo, Cox said, also allows the kids who compete to grow socially.
“It is great to meet other kids and it is good competition. They learn to how to handle themselves when they win and when they lose."
Barrel racing was only a sliver of action that charged into the area. Bareback riding, bucking broncos, team roping, bull riding and steer riding and wrestling were also on the schedule.
“It is a good series of performances,” Arena Manager Grant Winterholt said. “It is good for the young kids and a good place for family entertainment.”
Winterholt said many people to not have an opportunity to go see a rodeo, so “bringing it right to Prince Albert is great.”
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