Hand Hills holds rodeo to remember friend
First Donna Griffith Memorial Family Rodeo goes Saturday
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.