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The Lions corral another rip-roaring season of rodeo action in Carroll Arena

The Long Valley Lions Junior Rodeo Series kicked-off its annual line-up of get-togethers on Saturday, May 13, at 5 p.m., in the Carroll Arena at the North Events Center. The schedule of four others is set to continue on June 23, July 15 and August 19; although the June date is subject to possible change due to conflicting youth activities. Stay tuned.

Right to left, photos by Jerry Melrose:

  • J. W. Reese, Kanab’s own, has his way in Calf-Roping while Mom, Dusty, watches intently from the announcer’s booth.

  • Kanab’s Lizzie Reese readies her rope to lasso for third place in the Breakaway.

  • Coy Richards, from Tropic, takes second place in Goat-Tying with a time of 10:48.75.

The sponsoring Lions Club officers are; Josh Jennings, President; Candice Cox, vice-President; Kristy Brinkerhoff, Secretary; Marla Jennings, Treasurer. Board Members are John and Dusty Reese, Dan and Jill Cluff, along with Tyler Baird. “It’s a non-profit organization,” describes Marla. “All the money goes back into prizes or paying for stock, saddles, buckles, leather goods, prizes in the All-Around and each event.” She lists the various-age competitive categories as: “Dummy roping, Barrels, Poles, Calf-riding, Steer-riding, Bull-riding, Goat-tying, Sack-roping, Breakaway, Calf-roping and Team roping.”



Of the resulting impact on the participants, she says, “They’re getting better: good competition. They are definitely making some life-long friends.” Austin Baird, who along with Timekeeper Billy Staton minds the rough-stock action, agrees. “They’re really good! They’re having a good time learning some ‘technique’ on things that’s hard to learn, from good people that are willing to help them. They’re getting better and better. And, if they’re gonna continue to do it, you have to do that, and try to get better each time. And keep your head up, if you don’t!”

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