Enter rodeo and ancillary events

March 19, 2019

NEEDLES — Colorado River Medical Center presents the 43rd Colorado River Round Up coordinated by the Needles Rodeo Association on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. The event is held at the Needles Rodeo Grounds, 1001 San Clemente. Entrants within a 50-mile radius can compete in any of the rodeo events: bareback, ranch, saddle bronc and bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf tying, breakaway and team roping. Register now by calling Mike Shott at 760-218-4891. Deadline is Friday, March 29.

Form teams for Debbie’s Dispensaries’ horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, which begin with registration at 9 a.m. April 6. Entry is $20 each player which includes Saturday’s rodeo performance. Two-player teams begin competition at 10 a.m. Cash prizes will be paid for first, second and possibly third place depending on the number of entries. Call Wade Evans at 760-220-1039.

Needles Marina Resort’s Li’l Wrangler Rodeo begins with registration at The Rodeo Store, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through 4 at 800 W. Broadway, Suite A. Only 20 mutton busters will ride this year. Each must be at least nine years of age and weigh less than 55 pounds. Calf riders are limited to 30, at least 11 years old, and weighing 85 pounds and under. Entry is $10. Helmets and vests are provided. Call Judy Thornton at 760-333-5255. Any remaining spots can be entered between 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. Riding begins at 11 a.m.

Colorado River Round Up Junior Barrel Racing begins at 2 p.m. April 6. Two age groups: 11 years and younger and 12 through 17 years, with up to 20 riders in each group, compete; the winner in each wins a buckle. Depending on the number of entrants cash prizes may be paid to first, second and third place riders. The association determines prizes if the events don’t fill up. Entry is $30 with a 30 percent administration fee. Call Shott to sign up.