Wild ride at Wild Bunch Rodeo

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There were a couple of unexpected “wild rides” in Magdalena last weekend during the Second Annual Wild Bunch Reunion Association Rodeo, when the Cowboy Slicker Race turned into a saddle bronc riding contest for one team. The contestants, Peggy Winders Dewey and Nicole Haley, were able to get control of their ride, and finish the race in second place. Rusty Trantham and Dough Caudle took home the first place prize in this contest.

Photos provided by Quinn Green, Windmill Ranch Photography & Cowboy Fotos: Steve Apache goes for 8 seconds during the Wild Bunch Reunion Association rodeo on Sunday in Magdalena. Apache won the bull riding competition.

The rodeo took place May 10, 11 and 12 in Magdalena, with Robert Gardner of T or C, representing the cause of cerebral palsy for this year’s event. Megan Sandoval from Socorro was named WBRA Rodeo Queen for 2013, and several contestants took home awards for their skill and achievements.

The event included a wide variety of contests, including bull riding and mini-bull riding, ranch bronc riding, pole bending and barrel races, break-away and team roping, as well as events such as the cowboy slicker race, a three-mile arroyo relay race on horseback, and a cowhide contest. There was even a dance contest during the dance held on Saturday night. A complete listing of contest winners will be available on the WBRA website at www.wildbunchreunionassociation.com within the next week.

This year’s event had a lower turn-out than the first year rodeo. WBRA officials attribute this primarily to the change in date of a New Mexico Junior Rodeo Association event, originally scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19, that was rescheduled for the same weekend. “The High School Rodeo date change kind of hurt us this year,” said Martin Wellito, president and rodeo Director for WRBA. Wellito indicated that the date was changed a month or two ago, too late to reschedule their event.

The WBRA is a non-profit association dedicated to youth, the promotion of rodeo and betterment of education seeking to provide scholarships among New Mexico students involved in FFA, rodeo, ranching and agriculture. This year’s event highlighted the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and some award winners will be donating their cash awards back to this foundation.

In addition, about $1,000 of the funds raised will be given in scholarships to New Mexico college students attending either Eastern New Mexico University or New Mexico State University and studying in a field of agriculture.

For further information about sponsors, contests and winners, or to contact the WBRA board of directors, visit their website at www.wildbunchreunionassociation.com.