Ridge Riders event a success


World champion bull rider Shane Proctor stops after the Ridge Riders auction to pose for a photo with a group of soon-to-be rodeo athletes heralded during the event as the future of rodeo. Part of the funds raised will launch a new junior rodeo. Proctor, who over the next two days put on a bull riding clinic for kids in Nespelem, is back on top of PBR standings this week. See the story on page 5. — Scott Hunter photo

The Ridge Riders, in their second annual auction and banquet, raised nearly $25,000 to support the various activities planned by the group this year.

The auction raised $10,500; contributions for Rodeo Queen Erin Wieldraayer’s activities raised $1,200; and $2,000 was raised toward a new junior rodeo.

Monty Fields, vice president of the Ridge Riders, stated that the Colorama Rodeo last year cost the group $20,000, and the bull riding events, $7,000.

He said their April 1 banquet and auction was a great success and was sold out the day the tickets came out.

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