Rein­hold Do­er­ing to open Hand Hills Stam­pede

The Drumheller Mail - - ENTERTAINMENT - Jackie Gold Cour­tesy The Hanna Her­ald

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.

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