New Bull Riding Event on Agricultural Society Grounds
A local contracting company will launch a new rodeo event in Strathmore later this month, with ambitions to grow rapidly within the community.
Cale Pribyl with the Lazy P Rodeo company is spearheading the Last Cowboy Standing, which will take place Sept. 18 at the Strathmore Agricultural Society grounds.
“This will be our first self-hosted event in Strathmore. We thought we would try to organize local events and organize entertainment for the local communities,” Pribyl said.
“Being this Strathmore, it was such a great rodeo town that we thought bull riding is such a growing and popular sport that maybe something is potentially missing…in town.”
Last Cowboy Standing, Pribyl explained, will be the first event of its kind in Strathmore, sanctioned by Bull Riders Canada.
He added that although he has previously participated in “Bucking up the Best” in Strathmore with the Agricultural Society, creating a new stand-alone event is new territory for him.
“In all honesty, I’m not 100% sure yet (how popular it will be). We’re hoping to have maybe 800 people, but that’s sort of pending COVID-19 numbers and stuff like that. Pribyl said. “If I could do it my way, I’d like 20,000 people there, but working with what we have and the time frame we have, we only expect to be able to comfortably accommodate between 600 and 800 people.”
Ultimately, Pribyl’s goal is to grow the event and possibly run it over a weekend with more events, including those for young people, taking place throughout its duration.
He explained that the Last Cowboy Standing will be held similarly to a Professional Bull Riding event in Los Angeles, which he described as a modified “Iron Cowboy” format.
This format sees points awarded for how long riders can stay on the bulls, similar to a typical event, but riders will ride more bulls throughout the day than they usually would.
The rider with the most lap time and the most accumulated points at the end of the day will be crowned the winner. A designated price was not specified.
Registration for the rodeo opened during the weekend of September 3-5, although an exact date and schedule were not specified, nor the number of riders he hoped to see register.
Another challenge faced by Pribyl is finding sponsors, being both new to the community and with businesses dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think this will be a good opportunity for both of us to put forward that this will be a really cool event for Strathmore and the Ag Society, putting another event on their table and keeping their arena in use and showcasing local talent. “, did he declare. . “With how quickly things opened up (after COVID-19), it gave us the opportunity to put our cards in play and host our own bull riding event.”
The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on September 18 at Strathmore Ag Grounds.
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