The Payson Rodeo Committee’s annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo kicks off Thursday, May 16 with a new event, Bulls, Broncs & Bling.
Bulls, Broncs & Bling
Taking place at the Payson Event Center, this event will give non-card holding cowboys and cowgirls a chance to compete. There will be bull and bronc riding for men; breakaway and team roping, plus barrel racing for women; 3D and barrel racing for boys and girls; plus mutton busting for the littlest rodeo riders.
Gates open at 4 p.m., the event starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.
• Bull Riding — Contestants ride for 8 seconds with one hand; they compete for $200 added money and the $50 cash per competitor pot. Only 20 riders will participate.
• Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding — Only 15 competitors will ride with a stock saddle, one hand only, for 8 seconds for $200 added money plus the $75 cash per contestant pot.
• Participants in the Girls Breakaway Roping will compete for $100 added money to the pot made up from each contestant’s $70 cash entry fee.
• Girls Team Roping will have $200 added money to the entry pot, which is $70 per each contestant. In this event, the competitors can enter twice.
• Girls Barrel Racing with $100 added money to the pot created from the $70 cash entry fees.
• Boys and Girls 3D Barrel Racing has a $30 cash entry fee and contestants can enter as many horses as they have.
• The Junior Barrel Races are for boys and girls, 13-17 and for those 6 to 12. Both groups must pay a $20 cash entry fee. The fee for contestants 5 and younger is $5 each.
• Mutton Busting is open to both boys and girls for $10 each. Applications will be taken at Chapman Auto Center, at the corner of Highways 87 and 260 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. See Lynn Waters at Chapman for details.
Also new this year is the Spring Rodeo Costume Contest. The Rodeo Committee has added an 1800s costume contest to the pre-rodeo events Saturday, May 18.
Categories to be judged:
2) Gun slinger/Cowboy
4) 1800s male child (12 or younger)
7) 1800s female child (12 or younger)
8) Dance Hall Darlin’ (family friendly ... minimal cleavage)
Judging will take place at the rodeo grounds from noon to 1:45 p.m.
Applications and rules are available where tickets are sold: Bob’s Western Wear, Circle K North, South and Star Valley, Northern Gila County Historical Society, Best Western Inn, Comfort Inn, Majestic Inn and Bill Armstrong Jewelry and Pawn.
There is a $5 fee to enter the costume contest (entrants will not get special admission rates to the rodeo) to be paid at place of ticket purchase by May 16 or at the photo booth from noon to 1:45 p.m., Saturday, May 18.
• 40 percent Costume authenticity (design and material)
• 20 percent Originality (depart from traditional)
• 20 percent Detail (hats, gloves, shoes, jewelry)
• 20 percent Photographic Presentation (pose, facial affect)
• Grand Prize $100 gift certificate from Bill Armstrong Jewelry & Pawn
• 2nd Prize $50 gift certificate from Bill Armstrong Jewelry & Pawn
• 3rd Prize two August Rodeo tickets and metal art
• 1st, 2nd, 3rd place ribbons each category
• Winners listed at photo booth at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18.