100th Ski-Hi Stampede a crowd-pleaser

Photos by Brian Williams Sunday’s Ski-Hi Stampede PRCA rodeo action featured daring stunts, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, and two special presentations that were held in the middle of the rodeo arena. The 100th annual Ski-Hi Stampede was a crowd pleaser from Thursday’s opening concert to Sunday’s final bull riding. The crowd cheered louder and louder Sunday as the afternoon wore on. Ski-Hi Stampede Committee member Charlie Burd acknowledges the crowd and fellow committee members after receiving a commemorative rifle honoring his nearly 50 years of service to the Stampede. World-renowned Charro Tomas Garcilazo was the featured performer at the event along with his wife and son. Tomas concluded his act with his signature lasso trick during Sunday’s Ski-Hi Stampede in Monte Vista. In local Ski-Hi Stampede rodeo action, Tanaya Maez won the saddle in barrel racing with her run Sunday.

MONTE VISTA — It was a breezy Sunday afternoon with just enough chill in the air to remind people that summer was almost done and that the 100th Ski-Hi Stampede was nearly complete, too. All that remained was the final day of the PRCA competition.

Sunday’s rodeo action featured daring stunts, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, and two special presentations that were held in the middle of the rodeo arena. The crowd cheered louder and louder as the afternoon wore on. The 100th annual Ski-Hi Stampede was a crowd-pleaser from Thursday’s opening concert to Sunday’s final bull riding.

“We appreciate the continued support from our community.  Our attendance was outstanding!  We enjoyed seeing everyone and look forward to next year,” said Stampede President Greg Metz.

Rodeo announcer Andy Seiler kicked off Sunday’s festivities by introducing some rodeo committee members to the crowd, including Bob Carlucci who after joining the committee in 1988 was serving his last year on the committee, and Charlie Burd who was only 2 years shy of being on the Stampede committee for 50 years.

The rodeo action began with bareback riding and was followed by steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, fast-paced barrel racing and lively bull riding action.

The crowd was enjoying the background music that was being played and the competition with plenty of hand clapping and whooping and hollering throughout the events.

In the middle of the competition, a ceremony was held to give scholarships to three students. SLV Ski-Hi Stampede and Adams State University gave $3,500 scholarships to Kelsey Martin, Kyla Davis, and Peyton Metz.

World-renowned Charro Tomas Garcilazo was the featured performer at the event along with his wife and son.

Garcilazo danced and marched with his horse, and turned circles while doing lasso tricks. Garcilazo’s son did a similar trick riding and lasso work alongside his father.

At one point, the family rode together, prancing and turning circles; their horses mimicking the movements of each other while their riders smiled and waved to the crowd.

A silent auction took place at the rodeo for a beautiful 100-year commemorative rifle. The rifle was majestically given to Burd for all his years of service to the Stampede. Burd was surprised. He held up the rifle and wiped away tears of appreciation for the recognition.

In the PRCA bareback competition, Houston Herbert took first place with 86 points and won $1,523. In steer wrestling, Gage Hesse took first place with a time of 3.9 seconds and won $1,826. The team roping winners were Lane Stock and Justin Simon with a time of 6.6 seconds and they each won $1,231. In saddle bronc riding, first place went to Blaise Freeman with an 84-point ride. He earned $1,936. In the tie-down roping, Cash Enderli took first place with a time of 8.2 seconds and won $1,870. Kelly Yates took first in the barrel racing in 16.07 seconds and won $1,660. There were no qualified rides in the bull riding event. In the breakaway roping competition, Tasha Hansen took first place in 2.6 seconds and won $2,058. The total payout was $45,908.

Locally, Greg Howard and David Malouff won the saddle for the team roping, and Tanaya Maez won the saddle for barrel racing.

Photos by Brian Williams Sunday’s Ski-Hi Stampede PRCA rodeo action featured daring stunts, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, and two special presentations that were held in the middle of the rodeo arena. The 100th annual Ski-Hi Stampede was a crowd pleaser from Thursday’s opening concert to Sunday’s final bull riding. The crowd cheered louder and louder Sunday as the afternoon wore on. Ski-Hi Stampede Committee member Charlie Burd acknowledges the crowd and fellow committee members after receiving a commemorative rifle honoring his nearly 50 years of service to the Stampede. World-renowned Charro Tomas Garcilazo was the featured performer at the event along with his wife and son. Tomas concluded his act with his signature lasso trick during Sunday’s Ski-Hi Stampede in Monte Vista. In local Ski-Hi Stampede rodeo action, Tanaya Maez won the saddle in barrel racing with her run Sunday.

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