The show was part of the Lone Star Rodeo Company national circuit. Six contestants walked away with more than $400 each in cash prizes.
Ranch owner Maren Augero hosted the event Friday and Saturday at the Fairplay-area facility. This is the first rodeo on the Summer Moon property in three years.
“There used to be rodeos here all the time, but they stopped after the previous owner passed away in 2009,” said Augero.
As the new owner of the ranch, Augero said she felt it was necessary to bring a rodeo event back to the county. Competitions included saddle bronc riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding has come and gone.
The gates opened and guests were immediately able to partake in various activities including pony rides, a mechanical bull, rock climbing wall and bungee jumping. There was also a gold rush and a best dressed contest to determine who the most fashionable cowgirl and cowboy.
The competitions began at 8 p.m. with the contestants from the top 10 in the 2012 standings, in all seven events both nights. In the Bull Riding contest was former 2011 Finals Qualifier, Brandon Goforth.
Prior to the rodeo, Augero spoke highly of Goforth.
“He finished ranked No. 6 in last year’s standings and proves to be a great contender to be matched up with the rank bucking bulls,” said Augero.
However, Goforth was bucked from his bull last weekend and is currently not in the 2012 standings.
Another competitor in this rodeo was Rush Reedy of McMinnville, Tenn., who is currently ranked third in the Lone Star standings. In April he rode at a tour event in Lebanon, Tenn., and according to Augero “was the only one to cover [ride for eight seconds] a bucking bull, winning $2,500.”
Reddy also was unable to get a qualifiying ride, but he holds steady at third in the 2012 standings for bull riding.
Also in the Douglas County Rodeo, the West Georgia Junior Rodeo 2010 Champion barrel racer, Emma Roberts of Villa Rica, performed in her first pro rodeo at only 12 years old.
This year Roberts was voted West Georgia Rodeo princess by her peers at the West Georgia Junior Rodeo Association.
While Roberts did not place in the top five for barrel racing, she did ride a 16.498, only 1.757 minutes behind the first-place winner.