Oregon Trail Rodeo adding ranch bronc riding

Ranch bronc riding will be included in the events at this year’s Oregon Trail Rodeo in...
Ranch bronc riding will be included in the events at this year’s Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings, Neb.(Jackie Jensen)
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 2:28 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (Press Release) - The Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings is adding a new event this year.

Ranch bronc riding will be part of the rodeo August 19-20, held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings.

Ranch bronc riding is similar to saddle bronc riding but differs in a few key ways. Ranch bronc riders use regular saddles with saddle horns when they ride bucking horses, unlike saddle bronc riders, who ride “association” saddles with no horns.

And in the ranch bronc riding, riders may hang on with two hands, to the saddle, the horn or the bronc rein, unlike pro rodeo saddle bronc riding, where the rider can hold onto the bronc rein with one hand only and is not allowed to touch the horse or equipment with his free hand.

Ranch bronc riding will add more excitement to an already exciting event, said Scott Hinrichs, chairman of the Oregon Trail Rodeo.

“It gives the spectators more action,” he said, “and it gives the ranch cowboys a chance to ride, if they want. They don’t have to have a professional PRCA card to compete.”

Like the pro rodeo cowboys, the ranch bronc riders will pay entry fees and have purse money added to their event. Entries are still open for ranch bronc riders; see the rodeo’s Facebook page for more information.

The rodeo, in its 31st year, stampedes into town August 19-21 with performances at 7 pm on August 19-20 and 6 pm on August 21.

It will be held in conjunction with Kool-Aid Days; Kool-Aid activities will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds during the day on August 19-20.

Rodeo tickets are available online at AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com at the fair office, and at the gate. They range in price from $10-$20.

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