The Cowboy Capital of the World has plenty of rodeo events still to come in 2018.
Although the annual Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo was held in April, the rodeo grounds will host additional events this calendar year. The annual Ranch Rodeo, Junior Rodeo and the Oakdale Cattle Dog Challenge will all take place at the rodeo grounds in the months to come.
Saturday, July 28 the Oakdale Saddle Club will celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy by hosting its annual Ranch Rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls from several counties are scheduled to come and compete in events that simulate what full-time working cowboys do on a daily basis. This is a Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA) sanctioned event. Open and Women’s Divisions will compete in sort, rope and doctor, calf branding, team roping and trailer load and tie. Additionally, the Women’s Division will include steer stopping. Buckles and cash prizes will be handed out to the winning teams in each division.
“The Saddle Club is very grateful to many local community businesses and individuals for their sponsorship of buckles and their generous donations to help support the Club and continue to promote and preserve our western heritage,” said Rachel Heiny, treasurer of the Oakdale Saddle Club.
Saturday, Aug. 18 is the date for the annual Junior Rodeo being staged at the local rodeo grounds. This is a Northern California Junior Rodeo Association (NCJRA) sanctioned event. With the exception of the Pee Wee events (ages five and under), the junior and senior events are similar to a professional rodeo competition. The 200-plus contestants will range from under five up to 18 years of age. The top performers in each event will win buckles, cash and prizes. For more information about the event, visit www.ncjra.com.
A two day event, Oct. 13 and 14, the Oakdale Cattle Dog Challenge will take place. This event is sanctioned by the National Cattledog Association (NCA) and the Mountain State Stockdog Association (MSSA). This event and all others are free to spectators.
The Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds are at 1624 E. F St., Oakdale.