Canton team wins first ranch rodeo held at Marion County Fair arena

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Tee Jay Quarter Horses team won two of four individual events and went on to capture the all-around title, too, at the first Marion County Fair Ranch Rodeo held Wednesday in the fairgrounds arena.

The four-person team from Canton-Candee Prieb (captain), Jill Miller, Ann Smith and Cindy Lindsey-placed first in trailer loading and in team doctoring to win the team title by a comfortable margin over SJ Hancock Quarter Horses from Brookville and Over the Hill Graziers from Randolf.

For their efforts, Tee Jay Quarter Horses took home an impressive payload: $400 and ranch jackets for the overall title, $150 and head stalls for winning the trailer-loading competition and $150 and Western glassware for placing first in team doctoring.

SJ Hancock won $240 and breast collars for being the all-around runnerup, while third-place went to the Over the Hill Graziers, who took home $160.

The Division Ranch team won the calf-branding competition and took home $150 and some halters, while Hi Pro won the team-sorting competition and received $150 and sweatshirts.

Hinchman Ranch won $100 for placing second in both trailer-loading and calf-branding, while SJ Hancock received $100 for second place in team doctoring and Over the Hill Graziers received the same amount for being runnerup in team sorting.

Two county-based teams finished in the lower half of the nine-team lineup.

Rafter P, which included Callie Peterson, the driving force behind the event, as well as Pay Christiansen, B.J. Claussen and Lana Stueve, placed sixth. The Keystone Ranch team of Edy Brundage, Mary Maloney, Lori Wedman and Marilyn Percell placed ninth.

About 850 people attended the ranch rodeo debut.

“We couldn’t be happier,” said Chuck McLinden, a member of the fair board who helped organize the event. “I think we have a winner.

“Afterward, we talked to the teams and asked them what we could do to make the event better next year,” he added.

“They had a few suggestions, but all of them said they planned on coming back.”

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