Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association to hold 75th anniversary finals rodeo

A rodeo contestant competes in 2021 at Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association. (Clinton Foster)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and its finals rodeo will take place Nov. 18 to 20 at CAM-PLEX in Gillette.

Rodeo performances begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and 1 p.m. Nov. 20. There will be dances Nov. 18 and 19 featuring Dakota Country following the rodeo performances.

A trade show will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20.

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Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association President Mike McInerney said the association is still seeking vendors. More information is available here.

The association began in Campbell County in 1947, and Dick Mader of Gillette was president from 1951 through 1955, its website said. It now has nearly 500 members from five states: Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The finals is a “sudden death” match. The top 12 qualifiers from the 11 events go head to head in three go-rounds to determine the champion. Each individual comes into the finals with up to 12 points, based on placements, and the person with the most points at the end of the finals wins the trophy saddle for the year. The top money winner for the year is the year-end champion and the recipient of the championship belt buckle.

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