Reinhold Doering to open Hand Hills Stampede
A true rodeo fan has been selected to be the Guest of Honour at the Hand Hills Lake Stampede.
Reinhold Doering will open the 93rd annual Stampede this May 29-31.
Reinhold Doering remembers visiting the Handhills Lake Stampede with his whole family when he was just a youngster.
Doering said when he was 12, he and his brother would go down to the barn and visit with Dick Cosgrave and Snakebite, a native chuckwagon driver to listen to the two tell stories to local youngsters.
He said back in those days Cosgrave and Snakebite were the only two chuckwagon drivers at the rodeo.
More drivers may have joined the race, but Doering said he still enjoyed working the rodeo, right up until his retirement a few years ago.
These days Doering and his wife lead a quieter life than when he worked the chutes for the rodeo, however when the Handhills came calling asking Doering to open the 2009 Handhills Rodeo he was surprised and flattered.
“I felt honoured,” he said, adding that his wife and neighbour urged him to accept the request.
He said working the chutes was something he did while he enjoyed it, “but after awhile you’ve got to quit.”
“I was raised western, so I like it,” he said of the rodeo lifestyle. “Our whole family liked rodeo,” he added.
Doering, who was raised just east of the Handhills Lake, said while he and his wife and family may have enjoyed the Hanna Indoor Rodeo, or the Stampede, the Handhills is “our main place.”
Day Lenfesty, treasurer of the Handhills Lake Stampede, said Doering was asked to be the guest of honour because he had been a long time member of the club.
He had worked at organizing the rodeo from his youth up until his retirement from the rodeo scene
“Every year we try to pick someone we feel should be approached.”
“The rodeo starts on Friday afternoon, He (Doering) will be coming in to the arena and welcoming everybody to the rodeo.”
“Drive on out for Friday afternoon, there’s slack, chuckwagon and chariot races,” Lenfesty said. “On Saturday the show opens at 12. Calgary Stampede stage will be out, there’s entertainment planned for that.”
For more information visit www.handhills.ab.ca.