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Ormstown Kioti Pro Rodeo is pawing at the gate

Tickets are still available, though sales have spiked now that the long-awaited return of the rodeo to Ormstown is just days away.

Sponsored by Kioti Tractor Canada and Les Equipements TM inc., as well as several other local supporters, the rodeo is a partnership between the Eastern Ontario BlackCreek Rodeo Company and the husband-and-wife team of Bart Chisholm and Emily Dragunas from Howick.

As the first stop on this year’s tour by BlackCreek, the Ormstown Kioti Pro Rodeo is set to take over the town’s fairgrounds on May 12 and 13 with a full slate of fan-favourite rodeo events, including saddle bronc, bareback bronc, bull riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing, and steer wrestling. Kids aged 3 to 6 years will also be able to show their chops during a crowd favourite: the mutton-busting event.

“A lot of people seem to be excited about it,” says organizer Chisholm, who admits he has been scoping out the venue for years. “Nineteen or twenty years ago, when I was rodeoing, we always thought it was a perfect building for it,” says Chisholm of the Ormstown arena. As a former competitive bull rider, he says the indoor facility is ideal. “You’re sitting up high and not looking through fencing,” he notes.

Chisholm started working with the team from BlackCreek a few years ago. In fact, he laughs, the couple’s popular mobile candy shoppe got its start at a BlackCreek rodeo.

They started seriously talking about bringing the rodeo to Ormstown last summer. Now, “Everything is ready to go,” says Shawn Fisher of BlackCreek, who admits he is anticipating an explosive atmosphere in the arena. “The last three years, all of our rodeos have sold out,” he says, noting tickets will only be available at the door if there are seats remaining.

The grounds will open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be available on site. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. To cap off the evening, the arena floor will be converted to a dancehall with a live DJ once the dust settles. 

“Hopefully all the cowboys and cowgirls will come out and mingle,” says Chisholm. “It’s going to be fun,” he promises. Tickets can be purchased online via a link on the Ormstown Kioti Pro Rodeo Facebook page, and at several local businesses.

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Dan Sergent 2023-05-14 at 12:02

Would like info for next year


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