GOSHEN — A few changes may be noticed in this year’s rodeo show, and despite the passing of the rodeo’s longtime director, the enthusiasm and hard work from the board remain the same.
Terry Shewmaker and Barney Beer have worked this year on organizing the rodeo after rodeo director Herb Maust died in January 2013.
“For more then 25 years he ran the rodeo at the fair,” he said. “We are trying to carry on the tradition.”
Shewmaker, who has been a part of the board in past years, said the biggest change this year is that the board is bringing a different stock contractor. Wagon Wheel IPRA Rodeo Co., which had provided the rodeo show for the fair, no longer exists.
Instead, 3 Bar J Rodeo Co. of Roanoke, Ind., will put on the show. This year’s stock contractor, like Wagon Wheel, is also a member of the International Pro Rodeo Association, so the rodeo will remain an IPRA-sanctioned event.
The competitions will remain the same: barrel racing, bareback bronc, saddle-back bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding and tie-down roping. The rodeo events will be held at 1 and 8 p.m Friday, July 26. The traditional horse pulling contest will be held at 5 p.m. July 26.
Also featured as part of the rodeo shows will be Amanda Payne, the daughter of John Payne, the “One-Armed Bandit.” Amanda Payne has a herd of mustang horses that she has trained and with which she performs.
“She has her own saddle horse and she will circle the arena with the horses and drive them to the top of the horse trailer,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
In honor of Maust, this year’s board will offer bonus money for those competing. Shewmaker said the contestants will receive a turquoise bandana, which was Maust’s favorite color, and must wear it during the competition to gain the bonus money if they win.
“(Maust) was a great, great man. He’s really going to be missed this year,” Shewmaker said.