Sometimes the best is saved for last and as the rodeo season winds down, the Elks Youth Rodeo was full steam ahead. It was all sheer grit and determination as over 150 kids, 17-years-old and under, competed in the rodeo held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds this past weekend. And it was the prizes, mixed in with a whole lot of fun, that brought on that determination.
Youth from over nine states came to Sheridan to compete, but not all can compete on the high school rodeo network. Bob Strauser, Elks Youth Rodeo chairman, tells us what the heart of this rodeo is all about.
Senior Overall Champion went to Kristi Steffes. In addition to the Ford Truck Lease provided by Fremont Motors, Kristi received a $2,000 All Around Youth Reserve Champion Scholarship and buckles in Pole Bending, Flag Racing, and Ribbon Racing.
Rickie Engesser won the trailer provided by Prime Rate Motors-Jackson Trailer Sales for being the All Around Youth Champion.
The Elks Youth Rodeo is the largest non-affiliated rodeo in the nation.