Medora to once again kick off NDRA rodeo season

MEDORA, N.D. – The North Dakota Rodeo Association will once again kick off its rodeo season in an ideal setting, at the Ranch-O-Rama rodeo arena on the east side of Medora, N.D., the cowboy capital of North Dakota, on Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m. MST and on Saturday, June 3 at 1 p.m. MST.

Rodeo was established very early on in Medora, in the early 1900s, when the Medora Round-up Rodeo was created to be a regular event and went on to last for several decades.  Then, for whatever reason, rodeo fell by the way-side in Medora and was revived, five years ago, by the NDRA.

“There must always be a rodeo in Medora,” said Scott Kleeman, a competing cowboy from Killdeer, N.D. and the NDRA president at the time.  “It is a beautiful setting in which to compete and it is always fun to kick off the season there.”

The rodeo will feature hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls, from both North and South Dakota, competing for sizeable purses in nine separate rodeo events. 

“It is the first rodeo of the year so every cowboy and cowgirl starts with a clean slate and a whole bunch of promise,” said J.D. Bubel, a supplier of timed-event stock and current NDRA president.  “Everyone wants a shot at the title and this is where it starts.  Plus it is a beautiful setting for fans to enjoy the action.”

This year the rodeo will feature a new rodeo announcer, Riston Zielke from Hebron, N.D., top-grade bucking horses, provided by Russ Kling out of Grassy Butte, N.D., and bucking bulls from Abrahamson Rodeo Company out of Berthold, N.D.

In addition, each performance will feature the Calamity Cowgirl Trick Riders from the Noonan, N.D. (and Canada), the antics of Theodore Roosevelt impersonator Joe Weigand and the introduction of various rodeo dignitaries during opening ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $10 and children under five will get in free.  There is also free parking.  For more information call (701) 590-3532.