Ingomar Open Rodeo: A wild experience

Star Staff
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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SUBMITTED PHOTO/ Linda Lou Crosby
One of the many participants on Saturday shows their skill in the break away roping event. The 2019 Ingomar Open Rodeo had a record number of entries with over 20 bronc riders, 15 bull riders, 18 barrel racers and 55 team roping teams.

From the time the first kid rounded a barrel to the final bull ride, the 2019 Ingomar Open Rodeo was a wild and wonderful experience on Saturday.

Grace Poehler came all the way from Morehead, Minnesota for her first time in Ingomar, and first time ever at a rodeo.  

“I have never been to a rodeo in my life,” said Poehler, “And this was great! I live 30 minutes from a town that holds a rodeo every year and I am definitely going to the next one when I go home.”   

After Poehler had seen bronc riders, bull riders and the rough stock, she added, “And I am definitely not cut out to actually do this!”

“It was great seeing all the families, old friends and new folks in the crowd here,” said Ingomar Rodeo Club Director Donald John Cameron. “The participants, our announcer Deb Greenough, our many volunteers and sponsors, well, without them we just wouldn’t have a rodeo.”

Austin Quinlan, the first bronc rider of the day, bucked out of the chute accompanied by a huge burst of pink powder, which he said signified the gender of his cousin’s new baby, a girl.  

“We had record entries for the last 20 years,” added rodeo club secretary Alice Cameron. “There were over 20 bronc riders, 15 bull riders , 18 lady barrel racers, 55 team roping teams and of course ladies breakaway ropers and pole benders, calf ropers and then of course the Buckaroo Bounce.”   

The Buckaroo Bounce is an Ingomar special event that has bouncers of all ages grab colorful hopalong-balls and bounce their way from the crows’ nest to the finish line in front of the crowd. There were three heats of six bouncers with Turk Greenough winning the final go round. Greenough shared the $100 prize money with the other two young girls that competed in the final round.

“There were so many great events,” added Ingomar resident Hart Broesel, “The rodeo just delivered every minute.”  

Ingomar Rodeo Club members do it all, from set up to clean up. Rodeo club president Howard Newman and his wife Johnna Newman introduced his and hers outhouses a couple years ago and as you might imagine, they need to be emptied. Johnna also runs the beer booth and gathered and placed sponsor banners around the arena.  

The cook shack fed folks all day with terrific burgers and Polish hot dogs and the Jersey Lilly offered their famous barbecue and a street dance to complete the day.

The next event the Ingomar Rodeo Club event is the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo on Labor Day weekend. The winning open team gains entry into the Eastern Montana Ranch Rodeo Finals in September and the Nile in October.

 

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