Saturday, July 28th on the Eastern Plains of the Cowboy State, contestants gather for camaraderie and chance to qualify for the Farstad Oil Ranch Rodeo Finals at the NILE.
The Eastern Wyoming Ranch Rodeo has ten teams competing for awards and the first place winner will be invited to compete in Billings this October.
"We have a wonderful announcer that is great, " said Laurie Wasserburger, ranch rodeo organizer, "I am going have him say at our rodeo--the world needs more cowboys!"
That saying is the University of Wyoming's latest marketing slogan. Which ties in nicely with the new partnership between the NILE and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. October 13th, the night of the NILE ranch rodeo, is Wyoming Night. A reception before the rodeo welcomes alumni, fans, and potential students to celebrate everything Wyoming--the state, the culture, and the University. A special section of seats in the arena is dedicated to Brown and Gold fans.
Spectators at the NILE will have several teams from Wyoming to cheer for. One will come from the Eastern Wyoming Ranch Rodeo this weekend.
The ten teams competing are:
Platte River Boys,
Brock Hladky, Clay Moore, Burt Crane, Cooper Gray–cowboys from Niobrara and Converse Counties. Some members come from long time ranching families and Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame recipients.
Ben Hanson, JV Bolden, Nolan Brott, Tug Coffman –This team competes at Wyoming State Fair Ranch Rodeo Finals regularly and has competed in the NILE.
Clayton Williams, Miles Ashurst, Wade Prince, Shane Basshan–This is one of the first ranch rodeos these young men have competed in together. 4-3 Ranch have competed at the WRCA Finals, The NILE, and Wyoming State Fair many times. This team has big boots to fill.
Bootheel 7 Livestock,
Lance Hladky, Andrew Wasserburger, Eric Wasserburger, Brett Hageman
This team has competed together for a long time. They have competed at WRCA Finals, The NILE, and Wyoming State Fair many times.
Hageman for Governor,
Lane Hageman, Brett Hageman, Huey Hageman, Kade Hageman–The Hageman family has been around rodeo for a long time. They work well together and can anticipate what each other will do. They are riding for their favorite Gubernatorial candidate.
Colt Travnicek, Dakota Forkner, Blake Travnicek, Bryce Sturman–This team came together and competes well. They each come from ranching backgrounds and enjoy the arena events.
Levi Kosmicki, Jennifer Scheer, Callie Schaffer, Ryan Cheyney-- Comes to Lusk from Goshen County. This team is very well versed in ranch rodeos.
WYO Wild Cards,
Dace Graham, Shelby Graham, Tate Allison, Cole Fitzgerald–This is a new team that hasen’t been seen much before but they are sure going to bring it!
Ty Thompson, Nolan Brott, Rusty Martin, Cody Lane–These team members have won many awards individually and are experienced in the arena. They are fun to watch.
Logan Milligan, Austin Klough, Kyle Leoffler, Reece Wilkins–The members of this team are all very competitive and can do anything on a horse. It should be a fun time to watch and see what they can do.