Thousands Attend Spooner Rodeo Kick Off

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 06, 2018 08:23 PM

SPOONER- Cowboys and cowgirls from all over attended the 65th Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo. The three day event kicked of Thursday in Spooner, Wis.

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"It is an amazing experience. The atmosphere is so uplifting. It gives you a warm feeling, being in the crowd and coming all together. It's not one against the other, it’s everybody cheering for everyone," Amanda Chmielewski, Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, said.

Large crowds from all over the United States attend the popular event.

"A big adrenaline rush where you go with the flow and have fun," Gumby Wren, a bull rider contestant, said.

"It's probably the most exhilarating feeling you'll ever have in the world. The equivalent of being in control in the most out of control situation that you can be in," Tim Oconnel, a bare back rider contestant, said.

Being in out of control situations can lead to serious injuries. Jim Reidt, a chiropractor, has volunteered at the show for years to help injured contestants.

"All kind of muscular injuries from backs, necks, elbows, wrists, a lot of strain stuff. A lot of travel stuff too just from poor posture, but a lot of strain injuries," Reidt said.

The dangerous sport doesn't stop cowboys and cowgirls from enjoying the rodeo.

"This is America’s first extreme sport. I'm glad it’s still around,” Oconnel said.

"I think the unique part about it is the travel they have to do from sporting event to sporting event. Their sleeping and travel habits. I think that's hard on them as doing the competition themselves, and they get beat up in the competition,” Reidt said.

Kids were also getting in on the fun from the professionals themselves to show them the ropes.

"I love the family atmosphere because it's not a nitty gritty knit picky kind of environment. If there’s something wrong with your horse there’s always someone there being willing to help," Chmielewski said.


Alejandra Palacios

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