Celebrating a Decade of Tradition: The 10th Morongo Rodeo Showcases Roping and Riding Excellence

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The dust kicked up in a whirlwind of excitement as riders and ropers galloped into the spirited arena at the 10th annual Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Morongo Indian Reservation, this vibrant celebration of heritage and horsemanship unfolded on a memorable Saturday, September 30. Amateurs and seasoned professionals converged for a day filled with thrilling displays of skill and camaraderie, all vying for the coveted cash prizes that added an extra dash of competition to the air.

A noteworthy highlight of the event was the much-anticipated qualifier for the renowned Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Team Roping, affectionately known as ‘The Feist.’ This prestigious event, renowned as the largest one-day open roping spectacle in the nation, had roping enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. Among the skilled participants was the esteemed professional roper, Erich Rogers, a celebrated World Champion from the 2017 National Finals Rodeo. Sharing his enthusiasm, Rogers emphasized, “The Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo and BFI qualifier is one of the best roping events in the southwest. It is a fun, all-day event that brings the community together to watch the best pro riders and new up-and-comers.”

Presiding over this vibrant celebration of ranching prowess was Morongo Tribal Council Member Brian Lugo, serving as the rodeo president. Lugo emphasized that this annual extravaganza stood as a testament to the tribe’s enduring legacy of cattle and horse ranching, a tradition spanning generations and proudly thriving to this day.

Open to the public, the day-long spectacle was a feast for the senses, showcasing an array of events that drew cheers from the crowd and left hearts pounding. From the gripping open and team roping contests to the exhilarating Calcutta, ribbon roping, and ranch-style steer stopping, every moment was charged with adrenaline. Even the youngest enthusiasts had their chance to shine, with youth riders fearlessly taking on the challenges of mutton-busting and youth barrel racing, eliciting equal parts awe and applause from the audience.

Reflecting on the electric atmosphere, Aaron Tsinigine, the esteemed 2015 PRCA Team Roping World Champion, affirmed, “As always, the Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo was a great event again this year that gave fans a chance to see some of the best riders and ropers in the country. It is definitely one of my favorite stops of the year.”

The event, a collaborative effort by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Cultural Heritage Department, received generous support from sponsors such as Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Co., whose contributions played a pivotal role in the success of this grand celebration.

Amidst the thundering hooves and the triumphant cheers, the 10th Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo stood tall as a testament to the spirit of community, tradition, and the enduring thrill of the Wild West. As the sun set on this memorable day, the legacy of the Morongo Rodeo continued to burn bright, ensuring that the spirit of horsemanship and camaraderie remained alive and kicking on the vast, storied lands of the Morongo Indian Reservation.

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