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Third annual Little Britches Rodeo takes fairgrounds stage in June

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Anthony Day
Contributing writer

    HENDERSON – Brighton’s third annual Little Britches Rodeo is set to take place again this year. It’s the first weekend in June at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
    This event is free to the public, but if you plan on participating the contestants have to pay a fee for each event they enter. Almost 80 people were in last year’s rodeo vying for cash and prizes.
    The Little Britches Rodeo first began in 1952 at the Arapahoe County Fairground in Littleton. Little Britches continued annually until 1961, when a national convention took place. This impressed many representatives from several states. From there, the rodeo went national, and its headquarters were in Denver. More than 200 youngsters from 21 states compete in 275 Little Britches Rodeos annually.
     “This is a non-profit venture to build sound healthy minds and bodies to help build character, self-reliance, and good sportsmanship through competition in the great sport of rodeo,” said Doug Dorsey of the Brighton Elks Club.
    The Little Britches Rodeo is almost like a professional rodeo, only for young participants from 5-18 years of age.
    “The greatest attraction is watching how focused and determined these kids are,” said Dorsey. “The most exciting events are probably the bull riding and the bronco riding.”
    The events include barrel riding, tie down (goats), breakaway roping, team roping, team roping, pole bending, saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, ribbon roping trail course and bull riding.
    Dorsey said there is nothing better than watching the youngsters grow up to be veterans of the rodeo scene.
    “We enjoy watching young people compete in events that many of them grow up doing for a living,” Dorsey commented. “They develop from 5-year-old little wranglers to young adult participants.”
    If you are looking for a fun-filled day with the family, this is the perfect place to be. The Elks Club is looking for volunteers and sponsors to help with the two-day event. The club’s monthly rodeo meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at the Elks Lodge, 101 N. Main St., starting at 7 p.m.
    The designated charity organization for this year’s rodeo will be decided Feb. 1. Call Ken Mitchell at 303-659-0828 or email Dorsey at djbadorsey@yahoo.com.