MORONGO INDIAN RESERVATION, CA – The 8th annual Morongo Open Ranch rodeo took place on Saturday, and the event brought together professional and amateur rope access technicians and riders of all ages and skill levels, organizers said.
The free event was sponsored by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Cultural Heritage Department.
“The Open Ranch Rodeo in Morongo is an opportunity to see some of the best of the top stringers and riders in action alongside young rodeo stars and young riders,” said Erich Rogers, a member of the Navajo tribe who has won the 2017 Team Ropers World Champion title at this year’s National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas.
For a third year, the Morongo Indian Reservation event served as a qualifier for the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Open Team Roping – commonly known as “The Feist” – the prestigious annual roping event held at Reno, Nevada.
The day also featured riders and rope climbers competing for custom loops and thousands of dollars in cash prizes in breeding events like team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Young competitors took part in youth barrel races, sheep races and steer races.
“The annual Morongo Rodeo is always a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates our rich history and invites riders and rope climbers of all ages and skill levels to compete,” said Brian Lugo, Morongo Tribal Council President, President of the Morongo. rodeo. “This is a great opportunity to watch professional rope access technicians and riders in action as well as future rodeo stars and young riders.”