Bankers to become rodeo ranchers

The agricultural lenders at Citizens State Bank of Canton are leaving their desks to get dirty and show off their livestock handling skills at this year?s McPher?son County Fair,

Trevin Prieb, market president at the Canton branch, Kirby Smith, market president at the Goessel branch, and Jon Christian?sen, loan officer at the Canton branch, along with Prieb?s wife, Kandee, make up the co-ed team.

The group will compete in Wednesday?s co-ed ranch rodeo event at the fair in Canton.

?They are hoping to do well in the competition,? Prieb said, adding that the team has a lot of experience.

?(Christiansen) competes in ranch horse competitions and his father also competes in ranch rodeos at the top level,? she said.

In addition, Smith team ropes and is a past Central Plains Rodeo Association finals winner.

?I?ve done a lot of team roping and Kandee has competed in both college rodeo and Women?s Ranch Rodeo competitions,? she said.

Citizens State Bank, with headquarters in Moundridge and branches in Canton, Goessel, Hesston, McPherson and Newton, along with its sister bank, Home State Bank in McPherson, are long-time supporters of the fair.

The banks have sponsored a team in the ranch rodeo competition for five years, though this is the first competition for this particular team.

Ranch rodeo differs from traditional rodeo events in that the competition is based on skills needed every day on working ranches.

Prieb said there are no rough stock events, such as bull or bronc riding, but there is still action as team members work through a pen of steers.

Events include sorting, in which the team sorts a designated steer out of a group, and trailer loading, in which the team sorts out a steer, ropes and loads it into a trailer.

Other events include doctoring, in which a steer is roped, stretched out and a crayon mark is put on it representing an injection; and branding, in which team members rope a steer, tie it down, run with a branding iron and put on a faux brand.

All events are timed.

The Canton event is co-ed with at least one woman on each team, unlike many ranch rodeos that feature teams comprised only of women or men.

Prieb said the first ranch rodeo, sponsored by the bank during the fair more than 10 years ago, had been a women?s event but the fair board switched to a co-ed event. The fair event typically features 10-plus regional teams.

Past rodeos have drawn competitors from Brookville, Salina, Emporia, Great Bend and Hutchinson and have provide a fun evening of entertainment for the crowd.

?(The Citizens State Bank team) really enjoys competing in the ranch rodeo,? Prieb said. ?We all deal every day with ag producers working with them on financing their businesses, crop and livestock risk protection options and other tools to help them succeed.

?But we are more than just desk jockeys. We all are involved in some way with the livestock industry and really enjoy this opportunity to compete in a hands-on event.?

The rodeo will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Tom Miller Arena on the McPherson County Fairgrounds, north of Canton.

Those planning to attend will pay an admission fee.

A complete schedule of McPherson County Fair events and entry information is available online at mcphersoncofair.com. The fair runs from July 16 through July 20 in Canton.

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