The thrills of outdoor rodeo are back as the third annual Counting Coup CCA Rough Stock Rodeo is scheduled for the Yorkton Exhibition Grandstand.
As a rough stock only event, the rodeo to be held July 31 and August 1, will highlight only bull riding, along with bareback and saddle bronco competitions.
The two-day event is sponsored by the Painted Hand Casino. The PHC began the rodeo in 2011 with hopes of attracting a high calibre talent with the mid-week event expected to be among the largest rough stock rodeo in Saskatchewan.
Naming the event Counting Coup was a natural given the sportsmanship and bravery associated with the act.
“The Painted Hand was revered both as a symbol of great bravery and honour to the warrior who received the mark of such distinction. A decorated warrior would charge at a fully armed enemy warrior in the midst battle and “count coup|” by touching the enemy with his bare hand. This act was recognized as the greatest feat of bravery executed by a warrior; to rush the enemy in combat and to assault him with a mere touch, thereby sparing the enemy’s life instead of taking it away,” explained material from the inaugural rodeo launch.
The Yorkton Exhibition Association (YEA) will be producing the two-day event.
Shaun Morin, manager of the YEA said with the rodeo is situated at an ideal time of summer, and being mid-week, if affords an excellent opportunity for many cowboys to participate.
“I’m expecting well over 30 bull riders, and 30-to-40 bareback and saddle bronc riders,” he said, adding the rodeo is designed so “riders can ride on both days,” with top performers back the second night for an extra $1,500 in prize money.
Total prize money and awards will be more than $10,000.
The stock contractor for the rodeo will be Whiteline Rodeo, owned by Ward Mutza.
Morin said, “It’s really exciting to be partners with the Painted Hand Casino,” since both the casino and YEA are major entertainment purveyors in the city. “It’s a great partnership.”
Morin said with the calibre of event it should draw fans who enjoy the thrill of rough stock events.
“We’re getting away from the weekend for people going away weekends,” he said.