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Team competition rodeo planned at Saylor's

June 11, 2012

GROVERTOWN — Just two weeks remain until Saylor’s End of the Trail summer rodeo event June 23. For a $10 admission fee, attendees can spend the evening admiring tricks and stunts such as bronco riding, cattle working events, barrel racing, and bull riding.
“We have two rodeos a year,” explained co-owner Laura Saylor. “This one is a rodeo with a twist, we call it. (Contestants) have to put a team together and there are six different events that they have to compete in. There has to be at least one girl on each team, and there can be no more than 10 teams.”
Entry fee is $200 per team, and the winners will receive $1,000.
“The folks who compete in this, they really enjoy it because it gives all of their team members a chance to be active,” said Saylor.
Intermission entertainment will be a sheep riding contest for young children. Parents can sign their children up at the entry office. Participation is based on the child’s weight, and the winning child will receive a belt buckle.
Rodeos began at the arena, located in Grovertown, in 1990, and were held there until 1996 when Saylor said she and husband Eurrat Saylor, Jr., took some time off to raise their children. About five years ago, the couple redid the whole arena and began holding rodeos and horse shows again. Saylor’s End of the Trail Stable is located in Koontz Lake and also holds state park rides, camping trips, parties, petting zoos, horse-drawn hay and sleigh rides, and offers carriage service. They also host a two-day rodeo on the third weekend in September. This event held with individual contestants rather than teams.
To register for the June 23 rodeo, call 574-532-1840 by June 15.

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