Benefit rodeo helps flood victims |

Benefit rodeo helps flood victims

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Rodeo contestants and area residents helped ease the loss of those affected by Front Range flooding at a Saturday, Oct. 12, benefit rodeo at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. Barrel racing, team roping and bull riding were featured events.

More than $10,000 was collected, which went to five-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bruce Ford of Kersey, who lost everything in the flood waters. Ford appeared at the event to express his appreciation and sign autographs.

Spectators received $1 off admission with the donation of non-perishable items to be donated to Front Range flood relief assistance organizations. Three pickup loads and more than $500 cash were collected.

Contestants brought hay, grain, tack and medicines to be donated to the Colorado Horse Care Food Bank. One hundred and two bales of hay, 23 bags of feed and other items were delivered to help those who lost vital supplies. Community support was strong for this event and the organizers wish to thank all who participated.

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