Tri-County Fairgrounds Board of Directors Cancel CHSRA State Rodeo Finals

CHSRA Finals cancelled due to concerns over inability to implement social-physical state guidelines under Stay at Home executive order.

In a decision sure to disappoint hundreds of young high school rodeo competitors, their families, spectators and sponsors, the Tri-County Fairgrounds Board of Directors held an Emergency Meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2020, where they passed a unanimous motion to cancel the CHSRA State Rodeo Finals scheduled for June 7 – June 14. As many as 300+ of the state’s best cowboys and cowgirls normally compete at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

It was obviously breaking a lot of hearts for the board members to have to do so, but they felt they had no choice under the Stay at Home executive order issued by Governor Newsom, even under the latest Phase Two modifications designed to ease some of the restrictions.

The Zoom meeting had 32 participants, according to Fairgrounds CEO Jen McGuire. The participants represented various interest groups sharing their thoughts on the cancellation and there was general consensus across the board that under the state’s physical-social separation guidelines still in effect, and the ever-present threat of spreading the coronavirus in crowds, there was simply no way to go forward with the finals.

In the end, the TCF board felt it was simply too difficult a task and too large a risk to pull off the event in a safe manner consistent with existing social distancing guidelines.


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3 Responses to Tri-County Fairgrounds Board of Directors Cancel CHSRA State Rodeo Finals

  1. Eric Mills May 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

    GOOD RIDDANCE! Let’s make it permanent. CONSIDER:

    “If PETA truly wanted the skinny on animal injuries, they’d have to post
    observers in the backyard practice lots of aspiring rodeo kids. As a calf
    roper once confided to me, ‘Yeah, I accidentally killed and injured lots
    of calves when I was learning. I mean, I plain roped their heads off till
    I really learned how to handle them and not hurt them.'”

    –excerpt from newspaper article by Gavin Ehringer, “The Mud, the Blood &
    the Poop: A Rodeo Insider Takes You Behind the Chutes of America’s Cowboy
    Sport,” in the COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT, August 19, 2004

    Also appears in the new book, “RODEO: An Animal History,” by Prof. Susan
    Nance, University of Guelph (Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2020)

  2. Dee May 8, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

    Smart responsible decision. Obviously.

  3. Jerry Hahn May 8, 2020 at 9:50 am #

    Insanity…. Truly do live in THE AGE OF STUPIDITY!!!


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