Hand Hills holds rodeo to re­mem­ber friend

First Donna Grif­fith Me­mo­rial Fam­ily Rodeo goes Satur­day

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This week­end the Hand Hills com­mu­nity is cel­e­brat­ing the life of one of their own, and do­ing it in the best way they know how. On March 25 of this year, Donna Grif­fith passed away at 57, after a long bat­tle with breast cancer. This Satur­day the Hand Hills Club is host­ing the Donna Grif­fith Me­mo­rial Fam­ily Rodeo. There are events for kids un­der 6, all the way up to adult. Ta­mara Quaschnick has been busy or­ga­niz­ing the event, and says it is a great trib­ute.

“For Donna, who we lost last spring, fam­ily and rodeo were two of her big­gest pas­sions, so it seemed like a fit­ting way to hon­our her mem­ory and to have a nice day for fam­i­lies to come and en­joy,” said Quaschnick. “I went to school with her daugh­ter, and her hus­band and my dad worked to­gether, so she was a neigh­bour and friend.”

In her life, Grif­fith had a pas­sion for rodeos, and was in­volved for years as a com­peti­tor and vol­un­teer. She worked for the Al­berta High School Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion and the 4-H Rodeo. She was also in­volved for many years in the Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede and of course the Lit­tle Britches Rodeo.

As the com­mu­nity aged, the Lit­tle Britches Rodeo, which had been held for 27 years, ended. Since then, the com­mu­nity has grown.

“It seems like a good fit, we have lots of young peo­ple back in the com­mu­nity with young­sters,” she said. “It gives them a chance to be out there in an arena in a com­pet­i­tive set­ting. I grew up go­ing to the Lit­tle Britches Rodeo and it was al­ways a high­light of the sum­mer. It has been a few years since one has been hosted. This is a good rea­son to get it back go­ing again.” Quaschnick said this is a fit­ting way to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for this kind of event. Not only are there events for kids, but also events where kids and par­ents can com­pete to­gether.

The Donna Grif­fith Me­mo­rial Fam­ily Rodeo is slated for Satur­day, Septem­ber 17. The Rodeo of­fice opens at 10 a.m. There are events through­out the day for cow­boys and cow­girls of all ages. Quaschnick says they have been re­ceiv­ing a steady stream of en­tries.

“En­tries are rolling in so we did have to move the start time just so we could fit ev-

ery­thing in,” said Quaschnick.

There are cash prizes as well as all around fam­ily, cow­boy and cow­girl awards. There is no charge for spec­ta­tors. The Delia Li­brary will be run­ning the con­ces­sion. There will be a photographer to take ac­tion pho­tos as well as fam­ily pic­tures through­out the day.

The day will end with a com­pli­men­tary fam­ily din­ner and camp­fire, spon­sored by Crop Pro­duc­tion Ser­vices in Delia. She is ex­cited by the sup­port the event is re­ceiv­ing.

“It is such a great com­mu­nity out there. Peo­ple have stepped up to sup­port it, to vol­un­teer and spon­sor events. There has been no arm-twist­ing in­volved what­so­ever, so that speaks to the fit­ting­ness and time­li­ness of the event,” she said.


This Satur­day the Hand Hills Lake Club is host­ing the Donna Grif­fith Me­mo­rial Fam­ily Rodeo.

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