Kimball resumes ranch rodeo after year away

KIMBALL - Rodeo fans returned to the Kimball-Banner County Fairgrounds in Kimball for the first time in two years on Saturday evening for the 11th Annual Kimball Ranch Rodeo.

The rodeo, which is sanctioned by the Western States Ranch Rodeo, celebrates the area's ranching history. It's not a PRCA rodeo, but instead a rodeo that features everyday working activities cowboys may encounter on the ranch.

Full-time and part-time ranch cowboys compete in five ranch-style team events, including saddle bronc riding (with ranch saddles), branding and doctoring, team tying, trailer loading and wild cow milking. 

Seven-year Kimball Ranch Rodeo Board Member Tyson Culek says the wild cow milking event is a fan favorite.

"You'll have your team gather up a cow," Culek said. "You'll have two horses rope them, one guy will hold the tail, one will hold the head and the other guy will milk the utter. We'll make a little circle in the middle of the arena with two judges. They have to come in with a bottle and dump it on our hand. If they got milk, they're good. If they don't, then they don't win."

The Kimball Ranch Rodeo began in 2009 and is held every year to raise funds for local charities, according to Board President Justin Perry. 

"We try to take some funds and donate it back to a worthwhile cause in our community," Perry said. "We try to target youth and 4-H specifically, if we can. We put on an event for our community to come out and see, and find a good home for some funds."

Last year's event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WSRRA was formed in 2010 to promote and preserve traditions through a sanctioned ranch rodeo association. All qualifying ranch teams, and top fifteen individual event contestants, will be invited to compete at the annual WSRRA National Finals Rodeo held the first week of November in Winnemucca, Nevada.