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Rodeo, races, parades wrap up final weekend at Faith Stock Show

F.Ganje - August 8, 2019

FAITH, SD – It’s the longest, continuous rodeo in South Dakota history.  The first of three SDRA/NRCA rodeo performances get underway Fri., August 9th at the Faith Stock Show & Rodeo.  Long-time stock show secretary Gnene Fordyce says there will be action packed performances through Sun., August 11th.

“Our rodeo is always good and a premier event for the SDRA and NRCA circuits,” says Fordyce.  “We have $1,000 added in many events.  That, along with contestants trying to make the year-end finals, makes for some stiff competition.”

It’s been non-stop arena action in Faith leading up to the rodeo performances.  The Dakota Championship Open Roping led the way earlier in the week, followed by the Faith Stock Show World Bucking Futurity and the PRCA Xtreme Broncs Match, the last of the official tour ahead of the finals set for August 22nd in Rapid City, SD.

The popular Ranch Rodeo rounded out arena attractions on Thursday, all in time to work the ground and get ready for the last weekend of the stock show and rodeo, now in it’s 109th year.

“As far as I know Faith Stock is the oldest rodeo in South Dakota,” observes Fordyce.  “No other rodeo or gathering has happened every consecutive year, without interruption. Even during the Depression, they still had the Faith Stock Show & Rodeo.”

Part of the first SDRA/NRCA rodeo performance on Fri., August 9th is the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association sanctioned Ranch Bronc Riding beginning at 5:30pm.  As part of the WSRRA’s ‘8 Seconds Whiskey Tour,’ with $2,000 added money, ranch bronc riding is rooted in tradition. Unlike semi and professional saddle bronc riders, ranch bronc riders use everyday working saddles in competition. They are not required to mark out  broncs and can grab a rope or night latch attached to saddles with a free hand.

Also part of Friday’s rodeo performance are the Wild Pony Races and Pony Bareback Riding. Fordyce shares the event is back by popular demand.

“It’s hilarious,” laughs Fordyce. “Dean Yellowhawk of Interior, SD has an amazing set of little ponies. Kevin Pinney of Phillip, SD is the handler and knows the ponies really well.  He makes sure the right pony is paired with the right kid.”  She adds, “Last year we had 24 little kids ride pony bareback and nine wild pony race teams. It’s really something to watch.”

See more on the 109th Faith Stock Show & Rodeo at www.faithsd.com and on Facebook.

Phone number: 605-347-4455
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 1612 Junction Avenue, Suite #1
Sturgis, SD 57785