Biggie Sepulvida leaps from her horse to help her partner, Mark Mendes, get control of a steer, remove the rope, and ribbon and race to the barrel in the Kane-Wahine Ribbon Roping event at last year’s Parker Ranch Round Up Club Scholarship rodeo.Visit the Parker Ranch arena this Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday for rodeo action, Hawaii style. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Bobby Boy Manuel rounds the second barrel during the Keiki Barrel Race at last year’s Parker Ranch Scholarship rodeo. He also competes in the keiki division of Hawaii High School Rodeo. The overflow crowd sat on the grass by the arena, so come early this year for good seats. (Tip: Bring a seat pad or folded up towel.) Slack elimination events start around 8 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 12 p.m. over Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday at Parker arena in Waimea. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)
The 39th Annual Parker Ranch Round-Up Club Rodeo will lasso in two days of rodeo events on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea.
The action-packed weekend is held annually as a fundraiser to provide scholarships for school-age children of Parker Ranch employees. Family-style fun begins on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. with rodeo events which may include everything from team roping, double mugging, po’o wai u, bull riding, junior bull riding, wahine barrel racing, wahine steer un-decorating, ribbon roping and more. Always fun and exciting to watch is the century team roping competition. (One team member must be over the age of 50 and their combined ages must be more than 100). The crowd is always on its feet for the keiki barrel racing for participants 12 and under, and mutton busting, which is keiki sheep riding.
On Sunday, The Round-Up Club, in partnership with Parker Ranch will be hosting a live horse auction. Visitors must purchase a gate ticket to register and view horses at 9 a.m. with the auction to follow during the Sunday morning rodeo slack. Non-riders are welcome to attend, and experience the fast pace of a ranch horse auction.
Sunday’s rodeo action begins again at 12 p.m. with more excitement throughout the afternoon. Ono food and refreshments will be available both days with on-going events until 5 p.m.
Tickets are $5 per person in advance from the Parker Ranch Store at the Parker Ranch Center and at the Parker Ranch Headquarters in Waimea or $6 at the gate on rodeo days. Children 10 and under are free. For more information, call 885-7311.