Grand Entry Prescott Frontier Days

Grand Entry

Last night we attended one of the eight performances of the 2016 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo. The U. S. Patent Office has recognized this event as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo.” It started as a “cowboy tournament” on July 4, 1888. Now in its 129th year, performances are from June 28 to July 4. We were pleased with our seats with a back in section J, row 8 of the covered grandstand. We had excellent views of the west side gate and the replay screen. A post partially blocked views from the east center gates. The Grand Entry filled the arena with horses and their riders and the steady pace of the events kept our attention for two-and-a-half hours. Jacob Talley, Keatchie, Louisiana recorded an impressive 4.8 second time in Steer Wrestling, 1.2 seconds faster than his nearest rival.[He finished 2nd overall winning $2,498 for two runs.] Casey Breuer, Mandan, North Dakota scored 83.0 points in the Bareback Bronc Riding competition. [He finished 2nd overall and won $4,438.] Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah completed his Tie-Down Roping in 8.5 seconds. [He finished 1st for two runs and collected $3,584.] During a break, the Diamond Z English Shire Horses displayed their finesse in maneuvering a wagon. Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, Canada nailed 87.0 points while Saddle Bronc Riding. [This was good enough for 1st and $6,007.] Chase Massengill, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Daylan Frost, Show Low, Arizona turned in the best time in Team Roping, 6.0 seconds.During another break, we were amazed at the prowess of John Payne, the One Armed Bandit, in herding three Ankole-Watusi bulls atop a truck. In the Women’s Barrel Racing event Jill Welsh, Parker, Arizona completed the route in 17.45 seconds. [She finished 4th after two runs and won $1,188.] The evening’s final event, Bull Riding, found only one contestant qualifying, Wyatt Edwards, Sulphur Oklahoma with a score of 77.5. [He tied for 2nd place receiving $4,530 for this feat.] It was interesting to learn firsthand why Prescott is so proud of this event.