Others agree that the Minnedosa Valley is a great place to watch the sport of rodeo, as the Minnedosa Rodeo Committee takes pride in seeing the event named the Rodeo of the Year for 2012 by the Heartland Rodeo Association. The local community attraction held this past summer also earned the title in 2009.
“This is a pretty prestigious award to receive and something we, as a committee, strive for every year to uphold the title,” said president Greg Woychyshyn in the Minnedosa Tribune. Many of the competitors, who voted, commented how our committee put in extra hours to make the grounds dry and safe after a morning rainfall this year.
The awards were presented at the Heartland Rodeo Finals in Carman last month. During the awards’ banquet, attended by Minnedosa Rodeo secretary Amanda Kirkpatrick and Woychyshyn, awards and honours were presented in 22 categories. Onanole’s Justine Cornelsen was recognized as runner-up in both the Ladies Barrel Racing and Goat Tying event categories.
Since a group of dedicated volunteers banded together nine years ago to bring rodeo back to the town of Minnedosa, the dream became a reality in 2005. An estimated 1,000 people, including competitors and spectators took part in that first year of the revamped Minnedosa Rodeo. Over the years, the local committee has continued to build on its dream growing the local rodeo with more sponsorships, greater attendance and more attractions.
The partnership between the Minnedosa Rodeo Committee and the Heartland Rodeo Association has been a successful endeavour with many young cowboys and cowgirls saddling up or settling down on a bucking bull or bronc. There is also muttin’ busting, a petting farm and other children’s activities.
Woychyshyn said the committee is already looking ahead to 2013 and hopes to uphold the title by making the Minnedosa Rodeo bigger and better.