Rock­y­ford boasts FCA Com­mit­tee of the Year

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The Rock­y­ford Rodeo has been se­lected as the Rodeo Com­mit­tee of the Year by the Foothills Cow­boys As­so­ci­a­tion (FCA).

The FCA held its fi­nal event at Westerner Park in Red Deer on the week­end of Oc­to­ber 12. At the event, it was an­nounced that Rock­y­ford was the re­cipi- ent of the pres­ti­gious award.

War­ren Kalb­hen is the Rock­y­ford Rodeo di­rec­tor. He says the com­mit­tee won about five or six years ago.

“It means we have been rec­og­nized by the FCA as one of the top rodeos,” said War­ren.

The Rock­y­ford Rodeo is put on by the Lions Club and the Ag So­ci­ety. The com­mu­nity sup­port for it has re­mained strong as it just com­pleted its 61st an­nual rodeo.

Tyla Kalb­hen is sec­re­tary and says the FCA takes in all kinds of con­sid­er­a­tions when se­lect­ing the win­ner, in­clud­ing the op­er­a­tion of the event, con­di­tions of the grounds, the ex­pe­ri­ence of the par­tic­i­pants, and the vol­un­teer ser­vice.

“We prob­a­bly have the best vol­un­teers you could ever ask for,” said Tyla. “It is our largest com­mu­nity event and hon­estly, we couldn’t do it with­out all of the vol­un­teers.”

War­ren says the award is a feather in their cap, and be­cause this is the sec­ond time they have been awarded demon­strates con­tin­ual suc­cess.

You feel very proud, these are vol­un­teer po­si­tions and you put your heart and soul into it and so do many other peo­ple,” said Tyla.

“To get this award, it takes each and ev­ery one of them.”

The man­date of the FCA is to or­ga­nize and pro­mote a cir­cuit of rodeos that al­lows and en­cour­ages mem­bers to com­pete that are not mem­bers of the Cana­dian Pro­fes­sion­als Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Rock­y­ford Rodeo is a dual ap­proved rodeo and over the last few years, mem­bers of the Chi­nook Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion have been able to en­ter this event as well.

Rock­y­ford Rodeo won the award Oc­to­ber 12

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