Back-to-back wins for Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede

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The Hand­hills Lake Stam­pede has been se­lected as the Small Rodeo Com­mit­tee of the Year for the sec­ond straight rodeo sea­son.

The award was an­nounced at the Cana­dian Fi­nals Rodeo in Red Deer from Oc­to­ber 29 to Novem­ber 3. The Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede, which turned 102 last sea­son, won its first Com­mit­tee of the Year award in 2017, and it ap­pears it was a stel­lar fol­low-up claim it again.

“It is sure nice, we’re not the big­gest prize money around and we are out in the mid­dle of nowhere, but they’re (the cow­boys) happy, that’s sure nice for us,” said Hand Hills Lake Club pres­i­dent Lay­ton Rosin.

What is spe­cial about the award for Rosin is that a few years ago, the rodeo was hav­ing a tough time.

“Be­fore our 100th an­niver­sary, a lot of peo­ple had quit and they didn’t think we were even sea­son to go­ing to make it to 100, and they didn’t think we would be a pro rodeo for long,” he said. “It was sure nice to get rec­og­nized, make it through the 100th.”

He adds it was a great re­ward for the vol­un­teers who have made it such a great event and fa­cil­ity over the years.

“We were voted sec­ond in Canada for the rodeo that cow­boys liked com­ing to, so it is nice. It makes you feel like all of your valu­able vol­un­teer hours are worth some­thing,” said Rosin.

Over the last few years the Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede has drawn great crowds. The com­mit­tee has also been busy with fa­cil­ity up­dates which have served the com­mu­nity well. The Donna Grif­fith Me­mo­rial Fam­ily Rodeo is a hit and high school rodeo has re­turned.

He says he ac­cepts the award on be­half of every­one who puts in vol­un­teer time with the Hand Hills Lake Club.

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