The Ridge Riders will beef up the summer next Wednesday night with another bull riding event.
The rodeo grounds open at 6 p.m., Aug. 15, for what could become a frequent event next year. Bull riding begins at 7 p.m.
Ridge Rider President George Kohout, whose organization has been especially active this year with a number of new events, would like to put on a series of mid-week bull riding events during the 2013 tourist season.
Next week, Sorrel Katich, a Keller area rancher, will supply about 36 head of bucking bulls for a cowboy list of riders that could reach 30 before the dust rises on the event.
Katich said six short-range bulls and about 30 long range bulls will be at the rodeo grounds to test both the nerve and skill of the cowboys.
It all begins with the opening at 6 p.m. of the beer garden, bull riding gets underway at 7 p.m.
Cost is $10 for adults, and children 10 and under will be admitted free.
Bull riding has become one of the most popular events of the rodeo circuit. This one will be no exception as an early string of over 20 riders responded to the news that the event was planned, and the number grows every day, Kahout noted.
Some bull riders from the Omak Stampede, which ends just before Grand Coulee’s event begins, are expected to compete, Kohout said.
This year the Ridge Riders had a special bull riding memorial event that went along with the Colorama Rodeo, and two ranch rodeos were scheduled. One has already been held and the second is slated for Sept. 22, at the rodeo grounds.