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