It is a real challenge to race a horse around barrels when the horses have to turn sharply in mud that is several inches deep. Above, Meeker’s Lauren Urista takes the obstacles in stride in this ride as part of the barrel race held Sunday evening in the CPRA-sanctioned rodeo at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker as part of Range Call.


Meeker High School alumnae Deena Norell won the breakaway roping in the Colorado Professional Rodeo held Friday during the 130th annual Range Call celebration, which celebrates the oldest continuous rodeo in the state of Colorado.

Ranch Rodeo a perennial local favorite

The Range Call Ranch Rodeo pits teams of local ranchers against each other in various competitions that replicate day-to-day activities for area working ranches.

MEEKER I Following the annual Range Call Parade on Saturday the annual Ranch Rodeo will begin with a calcutta at 1:30 p.m. at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.

Meeker’s Lane Anderson already a state champ, goes to nationals

Lane Anderson, pictured with his horse, Cactus, won a Wyoming state title in breakaway roping in May, qualifying him for the National Junior High Rodeo Finals in Iowa, which he participated in last week.

MEEKER I Lane Anderson will be a seventh-grader at Barone Middle School this fall, yet he has already won a state rodeo title before completing the sixth grade, and he just finished competing in the National Junior High Rodeo Finals in Des Moines, Iowa, last week.

Deena Norell appears in magazine, qualifies for National HS Rodeo Finals

Deena Norell, a 2014 graduate of Meeker High School, pictured roping a calf, was interviewed in a feature article about breakaway roping titled “Whiz Kids” in Spin to Win Rodeo magazine and competed in the National High School Rodeo Finals rodeo  last week in Rock Springs, Wyo. Norell was quoted as saying her dad, Dee (pictured standing in black cowboy hat) is her main influence and she likes roping at home because her “Dad’s always here, he’s always helping me and he’s always making it fun but serious at the same time.”

MEEKER I Deena Norell, 18, of Meeker, is featured in the July issue of Spin to Win Rodeo magazine in a featured article about breakaway roping titled “Whiz Kids.“ In addition, she will be competing in the National High School Finals Rodeo this week.

Happy 4th of July…

The Range Call Celebration started because of a rodeo and is the oldest annual rodeo in the State of Colorado, performing for 128 years, with two professional rodeos in 2013.

Showdown not slowed down by rain

It was a beautiful spring evening on Friday in Rangely as the American flag was carried past the bucking chutes at Columbine Park for the first of two performances of the inaugural Spartan Showdown Rodeo. The rodeo drew competitors from nine colleges for the first rodeo held in Rangely in several years.

— CNCC Spartan bull riders earn top honors at inaugural event — RANGELY I Rainy spring weather didn’t keep Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) bull riders from earning top honors at the inaugural Spartan Showdown Rodeo over the weekend.

CNCC rodeo fields first complete team

Dax Hadlock pictured riding a bronc at rough stock practice.

RANGELY I After more than a year of preparation and another year operating at half-strength, Colorado Northwestern Community College rodeo will field a complete team at this year’s National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) competitions.

Range Call ~ Oldest in state

Colorado’s oldest annual rodeo distinction will continue as cowboys with the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association will perform Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m., then again Saturday, July 7 at 3 p.m.

MEEKER I Since 1938, the small town of Meeker Colorado has celebrated our western heritage with its annual Range Call festival. In honor of keeping tradition alive, the Range Call Rodeo is a big part of the fun.

Bull riding new event

FILE PHOTO Hank and Wade Allred are the organizers of the Septemberfest rodeo, which will start at 5 p.m. Saturday at Columbine Park.

Columbine Park will be rockin’ this weekend. Not with loud guitars and bangin’ drums. But with cowboys and some of the meanest, baddest behemoths around.

Fritzlan received buckle for steer roping

RANGELY — Colten Fritzlan of Rangely received his buckle for outstanding steer roper from the Flat Tops Rodeo Bible Camp.