Stampede a hit in Camp Verde

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

CLINT Cole from Camp Verde, talks with Chamber of Commerce Assistant Trapper Moore before the bull-riding event. Cole, one of the few local riders, said this was his first ride since December.

Results from the Main Street Stampede: Boots, Broncs & Bulls, the official stop for the Angry American Tour, brought smiles to organizers' lips.

"Where we stand right now, with some expenses and advances still out, we made $12,000 profit," said Lynda Moore about the rodeo event held April 23-24. "We'll split that with the Main Street with the merchant account and the Camp Verde High School Athletics Department."

The assistant director of the town's parks and recreation department said everything ran smoothly overall and that the town, merchant and school athletic organizers were happy.

"It was a huge success and we're really pleased for a first-time event. We think it can grow every year. It will give us a good starting point on our Main Street Merchant fund also," she said.

Organizer, Camp Verde wrestling coach and well-known rodeo clown, Bob Weir, agreed.

"It was a great deal. I thought the Friday crowd was better than we expected, and the Saturday crowd was terrific," he said. "We had seating for 1,200 and standing room only,” he said.

“The kids rodeo was one of the larger kids' gates ($1,000) we've had since I've done Bull Bashes, about double. There were 31 sheep riders, 27 steer riders and 22 calf riders."

Saturday's Kids' Rodeo winners were:

• Stickhorse Riding Champion: Danielle Schwartz from Cottonwood

• Sheep Riding Champion: Eddie Flores, Rimrock

• Steer Riding second place, Cody Watland, Camp Verde; third to Colton Robinson from Cottonwood.

"What I really like is that the Verde Valley supported it well and Camp Verde dominated it," Weir added.

Main event winners were:

• Bull Riding: Bo Vocu from Phoenix, one of the top Native American riders in the world, took 87 points, on Saturday night, $1,412.

• Bareback Riding: Philber Betony, Chinle, 75 points, $428

• Saddle Bronc Riding: Luke Leist, Tucson, 84 points , $448.

"We paid eight people in bull riding; three places in bareback and six in saddle bronc riding; over $9,000 total prize money," Weir said.

Weir starts a similar event next week, a "Turn-and-Burn" breakaway roping and barrel race event at Arena Del Loma over four consecutive Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26. Call Daria Weir at 567-2674 for additional details.

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