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Promoter looks to establish annual Buckin' in the Canyon event for first weekend in June

PAT KRUIS/MADRAS PIONEER
 - Claude Rickman considers the canyons and rimrock at Crooked River Ranch the perfect Western backdrop for a rodeo. He expects to make Buckin' in the Canyon an annual event every first weekend in June.

Saturday, June 5, bull riders, calf ropers and steer wrestlers from around the area will compete for the purse at the first annual Buckin' in the Canyon at Crooked River Ranch.

Promoter Claude Rickman says it's about time the ranch had a rodeo. "Twenty some years ago they had a rodeo. I took my boys there and they rode bareback and then it just kinda went away," says Rickman. "So, I thought it was time to bring something back."

Rickman loves the setting at the Ranch.

"It's got the big canyon backdrop to the one way, a circling rimrock behind you," says Rickman. "It's pretty western. You've got a nice lush green golf course to the other side. It's the perfect setting."

Rickman knows his way around the arena. He calls his business Two Bar Rough Stock Rodeo. "I've got the rough stock. I've got the buckin' horses and the bulls and all that stuff."

In fact, Rickman has 100 head of bucking horses. One of his horses took the $100,000 prize at the American Rodeo in Texas this year.

"He was born and raised right here in Powell Butte, Oregon," says Rickman. "The American is a big, big deal."

Buckin' in the Canyon will host all the regular events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing.

"We've got women's only team roping, which is kind of unique. So, we're pulling for the women, too," says Rickman. "We give them something besides the breakaway and the barrel racing."

Several contestants have already signed up. Rickman says there's room for more.

"Not everyone's going to fit in the rodeo," says Rickman. "The other ones will compete during the slack, which is before the rodeo. They're all competing for the same money."

Word about this competition gets around through the cowboy network. Rickman expects interest to grow.

"The first one's always the tough one. Once you get one knocked down, people always expect it year to year to year."

Rickman wants the rodeo crowd to start marking CRR on their calendars for the first weekend in June.

"We branded that date," says Rickman. "You don't have to worry about what day it is. You just remember you go to your calendar, whatever the first weekend of June is, that's when this rodeo's going to be."

That's the Buckin' in the Canyon Rodeo, Saturday, June 5, at Crooked River Ranch.

Slack begins at 8 a.m. the performance begins at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10, kids 12 and under get in free. Tickets are available at The Pump House, Oregon Feed & Irrigation, Double J Saloon, and the Polish Salon right next to the arena.


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