Nearly 130 Cherokees enter CN Rodeo
Cherokee Nation citizen Feather Smith models a jacket that will be given to winners in the three divisions of the Cherokee Nation All-Indian Rodeo set for July 29 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee people make up the majority of contestants in this year’s Cherokee Nation All-Indian Rodeo set for July 29 at the Cherokee County Arena.
Of the 190 contestants, 129 of them are Cherokee, and competitors must be citizens of federally recognized tribes. Prize money, jackets and custom saddles will be given to winners in the rodeo’s three divisions.
One division consists of team roping and senior team roping. Another division consists of bareback, saddle bronc, breakaway, senior breakaway, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, junior team roping and barrel racing. The third division consists of junior bull riding, junior breakaway and junior barrel racing. Also, peewee barrel racing for children 8 years old and under and mutton busting for children 6 years old are slated.
The slack – which is for the “overflow” contestants of calf roping, team roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling who wouldn’t fit in the nightly rodeo performance, will begin at 8 a.m.
The evening rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. The arena is located 3 miles west of Tahlequah on Highway 62.
For more information, call Bruce Davis at 918-453-5340 or 918-458-7438.