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Bareback and bull riding this weekend at Hayden’s 2nd Winter Series Rodeo

Keenan Hayes comes out of the gates at the Colorado High School Championships last summer. Hayes will compete in the new series started by his dad, Donnie Hayes, when it comes to Craig in May. He competed at Hayden’s first Winter Series Rodeo earlier this season.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Donnie Hayes made his vision a reality earlier this year, hosting a Winter Series Rodeo at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

The second competition in the series will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Routt County Fairgrounds, and the former rodeo cowboy and owner of Hayes Trucking Co. expects a large turnout.

“We had over 130 spectators at the first one,” Hayes said. “We were hoping for 75.”

The rodeo will include barrel racing, ranch bronc, saddle bronc and bareback and bull riding but no roping events. Concessions will be open with hamburgers, hot dogs and Rocky Mountain oysters for dinner.

Hayes hopes the success of the winter series sets the stage for fall rodeos at the fairgrounds in September, October and November and a more regular winter schedule starting in February.

The first rodeo in the series showcased some of the nation’s best talent, including three nationally recognized top-10 women saddle bronc riders, most notably Brittany Miller, one of the pioneers reviving the sport after 90 years of absence. In addition, Hayden played host to several high school and junior national champions, including local cowboy Keenan Hayes, who took home Rookie of the Year and Reserve All-Around titles in last year’s national high school finals.

“We have some good firepower as far as contestants, some of the junior horses that have been to national finals, couple of bucking horses from Las Vegas finals,” Donnie Hayes said. “Everybody wants to watch the bull riding.”

If you go

What: Winter Series Rodeo
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27
Where: Routt County Fairgrounds, 365 S. Poplar St., Hayden
Cost: $10 for general admission. Free for military, first responders and seniors.

Most local high school rodeo stars will be away at another rodeo this weekend in Lamar, but the winter series will culminate during the week of the Colorado High School State Championships on May 25, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

“They have an off night where they don’t have a rodeo,” Hayes said. “So, we’ll get some high school kids to compete there, too.”

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @lvann_sports.


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