The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Annual Rodeo is set to go said Virginia Wright and according to her and others involved with putting on the event everything is looking pretty good for another good year.
According to First National Bank vice president Will Cantrell, one of the driving forces behind the yearly rodeo, which this year falls on June 25 and 26, there will be eight different events at the rodeo which he feels will appeal to a wide variety of people, both rodeo fans and novices.
He said there would bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, girls’ breakaway, team roping and barrel racing.
“I think people will enjoy this,” said Cantrell about the rodeo. “It’s a good rodeo and it comes at a good time.”
Cantrell explained that the final weekend in June marks the beginning of roughly four weeks of intense rodeo competition for those who take part in the sport and so Tucumcari could see some very good rodeo performers taking part in the Tucumcari activity.
“It’s one of their (people who rodeo) biggest pay periods,” said Cantrell.
The Tucumcari banker said he anticipates the rodeo will get entries from not only New Mexico, but also Texas, Kansas and Colorado also. Some he said will be “ranked in among the top 10 or 15.” However, Cantrell explained that the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Rodeo will not only play host to the big professional rodeoers, but also the less polished riders and ropers also take part in many of the events of the rodeo. Cantrell pointed out that in the past he had competed in at least two different events of the rodeo, the calf roping and the team roping. “But this year I slipped up,” said Cantrell, “I didn’t get my entry in in time. I had intended to register, but I just missed the deadline.”
Mesalands Community College Rodeo Coach Danny Garcia said that he, however, had not missed the cut-off date and he was excited about taking part in a number of the events.
“It’s a good rodeo,” said Garcia. “It’s been good in the past and I expect it will be good this year.” He said he would not be alone in competing next Friday and Saturday. He said he has been informed by a number of current and former Mesalands Community College students that they would be taking part in the competition also. “We’ll have a bunch of them here,” said Garcia. Garcia said the competitors he knows who will be taking part will not be limited to just MCC students, however. “My family will be there too,” said Garcia. “My boy will be roping. too and my daughter will be running barrels. Yeah, it’s going to be a pretty good rodeo.”