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Designated rodeos allow younger students to participate instead of just watching.

Manitoba Little Buckaroo rodeos

Kindergarten to Grade 5 division now a part of high 
school association

Striving to keep interest of the sport of rodeo at the forefront and ensure its future, the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association continues to offer events geared to the younger ages. Designated rodeos allow students in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate instead of just watching from the rail. The Manitoba Little Buck­aroo (MLB) rodeos

JK Ranching team (l to r) Jeremy Pilkey, Carla Marsh, Roger Dunham, and Kevin Taylor.

Saving cowboy heritage

Teams compete for champion status

A traditional grassroots version of rodeo developed over the years from competitions held between ranch hands during large working ranch gatherings kicked up a lot of dust in Hamiota last month. The Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association (MRRA) and its members from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan uplifted the spirits of the history of the sport. Although


Competitors in the Heartland Rodeo Association Finals in Carman September 13 and 14 wore blue shirts in honour of their friend and mentor Terry Marshall. 
They dubbed the theme of the 2015 events, which also mark the HRA’s 20th year, ‘20 Shades of Blue.’

Heartland Rodeo Association ‘blue rodeo’ remembers founder

HRA themed its 20th year of finals in honour of friend and founder Terry Marshall who died suddenly last year

He’d be very proud and very honoured. That’s how Strathclair cowgirl Lacey Marshall says her late father, Terry Marshall, would feel to see the events unfolding at Heartland Rodeo Association 20th annual finals here last weekend. “This rodeo meant so much to him. And it’s amazing to think of all the lives he’s touched.” HRA

Stran Dunham has a passion for goat tying.

Manitoba student enjoying rodeo

Stran Dunham credits his parents 
for his love of the sport

Stran Dunham — a rookie in the Junior High division of the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), had his excitement for ropes and rodeo carved into him, thanks to his parents, Sheena and Kevin Dunham of Souris. His mom was among the first high school rodeo competitors from Manitoba to cross over into Saskatchewan

Bull riding is among the events that Tyson Salmon competes in.

Stonewall student is an all-around cowboy

Tyson Salmon has developed a work ethic through involvement in the MHSRA

Developing a work ethic through high school rodeo, Tyson Salmon, a Stonewall Collegiate student, has been involved in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) since 2009. He has impressed family and friends in becoming an all-around cowboy. As a rough stock competitor he has competed in bull riding, and in timed events — tie-down



Hoof Beats of HOPE to auction off horse

The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys (Manitoba chapter), is looking to make a difference today and tomorrow for the children, their families and staff at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg through a special fundraising initiative called Hoof Beats of HOPE. The idea was put forth by Manitoba chapter president, Terry Baker of Newdale, however, it has

Chloe Potvin was among the young cowgirls competing at Minnedosa.

Minnedosa named “Rodeo of the Year”

Second time for local community attraction

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


Herds get paid to graze

Eric Weisbeck had one big problem on the 17,000-acre community pasture he manages — brush was taking over. Brian Payne had a simple solution — 700 of his goats. “And then when he told me that I wouldn’t have to do a whole bunch of fencing, I was even more in favour of that,” said

Rodeo leaving lasting impression

Throughout its inception the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) has left an imprint on many families. For Rae Lyng, a talented Virden cowgirl, the trail to be a rodeo athlete all began thanks to her cousins Jenna and Kaylee Slater, and her grandma, Lynda Lyng, also of Virden. Beginning with barrels and poles in