Rodeo school days return to fairgrounds |

Rodeo school days return to fairgrounds

World champ teaches art of roughstock riding during two days of instruction in Hayden

For information or to register for Stewart Sheldans Rough Stock Rodeo School call Soda Creek at 879-3146. Registration forms also can be picked up at the downtown store during regular business hours.

— Future rodeo stars will get a chance to learn the sport this week when the folks at Soda Creek Western Mercantile bring Stewart Sheldan’s Rough Stock Rodeo School to the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Sheldan, a world champion bareback rider from Greeley, will organize and teach the class along with local rodeo legends Danny Jendral and Bliss Mahan.

The class will run both Friday and Saturday and the cost is $60.

“This school is for the community,” local organizer Bill Montag said.

The $60 includes all the instruction plus three rides on live roughstock. The class is open to rodeo hopefuls older than 12.

Students can register for the class in advance at Soda Creek or show up and register the day of the event in Hayden. This is the third year the school has been offered.

“Stewart is an experienced teacher who can really relate to the kids,” Montag said. “This guy can really teach.”

The class will start with the basics of roughstock. Students will learn how to ride on a mechanical bull. Instruction also will cover chute safety and general safety.

The class is designed to teach bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Montag said that, depending on their ability levels, some students could be riding by the end of the first day. Others may have to wait until the second day to climb on the back of a live animal. The class fee included three rides. Montag said if a student wants to ride more, they can for $15 a pop.

“Anybody can sign up for the class and we will not turn anyone away,” Montage said.

His preferred class size would be about 20 students. Last year, however, the school drew 30 hopefuls to the rodeo arena to take part.

“It’s for any ability of rider from the beginner to the more advanced cowboy,” Montage said.

Sheldan has taught the sport for more than 20 years and has helped teach at the nationally known Bruce Ford Rodeo School.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail

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