ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Riding and roping: PRCA Rodeo brings thrills to Detroit Lakes

The PRCA Rodeo packed the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27 and featured a night of riding, roping and kids chasing calves.

IMG_9501 (2).JPG
Brody Dennis, of Osceola, Wisc., is thrown from a bronco during the PRCA Rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
We are part of The Trust Project.

DETROIT LAKES — The PRCA Rodeo brought a thrilling night of competition and family fun to the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Saturday.

The Aug. 26-27 event featured bronco and bull riding, steer roping, barrel races and a calf scramble, which featured dozens of local kids between 6 to 10 years old chasing ribboned-calf tails around the arena for prizes.

Rodeo riders registered from across the region to participate in the event, including some who were riding in their first rodeos.

Katelyn Desrosier, 19, of West Bend, Wisc., said this was only her second rodeo as a rider, but she's hooked and plans to participate a lot more in the future.

IMG_9444 (2).JPG
Katelyn Desrosier, of West Bend, Wisc., prepares to ride a bronco during the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
IMG_9453 (2).JPG
Katelyn Desrosier, of West Bend, Wisc., rides a bronco during the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
IMG_9455 (2).JPG
Katelyn Desrosier, of West Bend, Wisc., is thrown from a bronco during the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"I had my first ride last week, Friday," said Desrosier. "But I'm friends with (another rider) and he's been doing rodeo for a year-and-a-half now ... and I always watched him, and he said, 'you should get on one,' so I did."

ADVERTISEMENT

Describing the feeling before the gate finally opens, Desrosier said: "There's a lot of nerves right beforehand. You definitely get into your head. But, the adrenaline rush is worth it. And after (the ride), it's always so much fun. You want to do it again."

The technique is different for each of the competitive rodeo riding styles, she said.

IMG_9592 (2).JPG
Tyler Burgess rides a bronco during the saddle bronc portion of the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"For ranch bronc, yeah, you lift, a lot of lifting, and you dig your heels in, and push yourself to stay back," she said. "It's a lot of core, a lot of leg, and a lot of shoulder and arm."

She also said both of her rides were very different because the horses were quite different from one another.

"Usually, people know what kind of horses (they are), said Desrosier. "You can ask around, get information on them, they'll tell you whether they are pretty ranked, or not."

She will also be competing in the 20th Annual Nimrod Bull Bash, in Sebeka, Minn., from Sept 2 to Sept. 4.

IMG_9426 (2).JPG
Jackson Card, of Menomonie, Wisc., rides a bronco at the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Also, competing in his first rodeo, Jackson Card, 19, of Menomonie, Wisc., rode a bronco out of the first gate.

ADVERTISEMENT

Brody Dennis, 18, of Osceola, Wisc., said, even though you never want to get thrown during a ride, it was pretty cool how vertical the horse got as he flew over the top of it. Dennis said this is his first full year of competition and has ridden in about 10 events this season across the circuit.

Rodeo fans were also treated to team steer roping as one rider attempted to lasso the horns while the other rider lassoed the hind legs.

IMG_9513 (2).JPG
A steer is roped during the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
IMG_9527 (2).JPG
A steer is roped around the horns and hind legs during the team roping portion of the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
IMG_9705 (2).JPG
A steer is roped during the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

IMG_9712 (2).JPG
Event attendees watch barrel racing during the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

And, of course, the night wouldn't have been complete without a rodeo clown attempting to send a rubber chicken to the moon in a homemade rocket. The rocket exploded on the pad to the delight of the crowd and the dismay of the rodeo clown.

IMG_9569 (2).JPG
A rodeo clown blows up a rubber chicken in an attempt to send it to the moon during an intermission at the PRCA rodeo at the Double S Arena in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Multimedia News Lead Reporter
What to read next
White patches a result of partial albinism, GFP official says
Cases of RSV declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as pre-pandemic behaviors become the norm again, cases of RSV are returning to normal.
Season 1 of the docuseries "Rural By Choice" starring Perham-raised Cory Hepola aired in 2021 with great success. Now, the series is returning with a second season.
County board to weigh information before deciding on proposed moratorium of THC product sales.