Rim Country Women Can Compete Thursday

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The Aug. 18 Cactus Women’s Professional Rodeo Barrel Racing event — which includes more than barrel racing — is the only event in which local female riders can compete.

A WPR card is not needed. All you need is a horse and the entry fee.

“Most of the entries will be completed by Monday (Aug. 15), but if there are some local riders who still want to get in, they can call me and I will work something out. And there is no age limit,” said organizer, Nancy Jane Henson. She can be reached at (520) 975-6325.

The contests are: barrel racing, which requires a $55 fee for the $100 added money event and $30 for the open 4D barrel event; breakaway roping, with a $55 fee and a chance at $100 added money; and team roping, $55, with a chance at $200 added money. The prize money depends on the number of entrants, plus the added money, less the stock handling fee.

The calves and steers used in the Thursday contest are of the same caliber as those used in the big rodeo. Salt River Rodeo provides the stock.

Henson said she expects about 50 contestants. The books open at 4:30 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m.; and the performance is to start at 6 p.m., she said. The contests continue until everyone has competed.

Admission for the public is one can of food, to be donated to Rim Country food banks.

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