Seth Whiteclay, 2017 Crow Fair Rodeo Manager finished up the Crow Native Days Rodeo Saturday afternoon successfully with many happy Rodeo Cowboys. The “Indian Cowboy” who was the main event - brought to the spectators some action packed afternoons in every event. There were smokes & sparks from the ropes as the Indian ropers competed during fierce competition; then, we saw glistening spurs from the bronc riders as their horse bucked with fury in the wind with every jump. Indians are a competitive race especially when it comes to Rodeo; and we saw that competitive nature take place during Native Days Rodeo – 2017.
We would like to give special thanks to A.J. Not Afraid, Crow Tribal Chairman & his staff for helping us and believing in us to produce an “Open Rodeo” that would resonate to other Indian Tribes and to Crow Youth during Native Days. We would also like to thank War Pony for providing the bulls; Mark & Sarcee Real Bird for bringing their prized bucking horses; and, Mike Limberhand, Mike Tatsey & Ivan Small for the timed-events livestock, Vernon (Buzzy) & Micah Whiteclay from the Whiteclay Productions, for their excellent Rodeo Announcing and entertainment and don’t forget all the Rodeo & Horse Racing Spectators, without them the show wouldn’t a success. Seth would like to thank all the local sponsors who contributed to this year’s Native Days event, his family from Lincolns, Beaumonts, White Clays, Laforges, and the many numerous youth (too many to name) at the gates, the chutes and catch pens and don’t forget the Fantastic Four: Clyde Pretty Paint, Wilson White Hip, Anthony Springfield & Ronald Anderson, the Hardin FFA youth, Cowboy’s for Christ Ministers and Ms. Benita Jay, a very experienced and knowledgeable Rodeo Secretary for providing the Crow Native Days with professional service to our Indian Rodeo Cowboys.
The rodeo was conducted in a professional and timely fashion. That’s pretty important to the Rodeo Cowboy who travels many miles and competes all year around. They expect to see an organized Rodeo with competitive stock and fast running timed event livestock. Rodeo Manager decided on an Open Rodeo because he wants a fair playing level from our Indian Rodeo Competitors and they got it during Native Days. Seth sees the talent we have in our Indian youth and wanted to elevate their hopes. Mothers actually came over and wanted to know where to bring their youth to learn how to ride rough stock or learn to rope. That made Seth happy to see the interest from our youth, he said if I could see the smiling faces of the youth then I know I have reached one of my goals. The less the Rodeo politics within the Rodeo world the better it is for the youth to compete – Rodeo is meant to be a Sport, and like all sports you train all year and spend thousands to keep your horses in the same shape. The visiting cowboys will surely tell other Rodeo Competitors that Crow Nation still produces the best Indian Rodeo in the world. See you all Crow Fair & Rodeo, August 16-20, 2017.