High school rodeo action in Ennis this weekend

High school and junior high cowboys and cowgirls from around Montana will descend on Ennis this weekend for the annual Ennis High School Rodeo.

The two rodeos – Saturday and Sunday – will feature several participants from Madison County, said Mike McKitrick with the Ennis Rodeo Association.

The rodeo is hosted by Ennis Rodeo Inc., the non-profit group that leases the Ennis Rodeo grounds from the rodeo association.

Competitors will vie each day for points. Prizes will be awarded based on average scores to contestants who compete in both rodeos, McKitrick said.

Ennis Rodeo Inc. has hosted the rodeo in Ennis for more than a decade. It’s serves as a way to encourage local youth to try out the sport.

“We’re just trying to help promote the area and give kids a good start,” he said.

High school rodeo is a bit different than professional events. Both boys and girls have specific events. Girls compete in goat tying, pole bending and breakaway roping along with standard events like team roping and barrel racing. Boys compete in rough stock events like saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding, as well as steer wrestling and calf roping.

The contestants compile points throughout the season and the top scorers compete in the state high school rodeo in Bozeman this June, McKitrick said.

Saturday’s rodeo begins at 12 p.m. and Sunday’s rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 at the gate and children under 8 are free.

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