The cowboys and cowgirls who filled the Ormstown fairgrounds arena last May are in luck, as the BlackCreek Rodeo Company has announced it will kick off the season with the Ormstown Kioti Pro Rodeo on May 10 and 11.
Shawn Fisher of BlackCreek Rodeo says they were so impressed by the venue and the crowds last year that they decided to end the coming season with a second go-round in Ormstown in October. Both Ormstown events will see the return of crowds-pleasing favourites such as bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.
Fisher admits he was doubtful at times about the potential in Ormstown, suggesting that last year’s event was a big investment. “But the second it was over, it was already being planned,” he says of a return to Ormstown. “There was no doubt.”
Fisher credits Bart Chisholm, a former competitive bull rider from Howick, with quarterbacking the local event. Chisholm partnered with BlackCreek last year to bring the rodeo back after a 19-year hiatus. Both say they have heard nothing but positive comments about the stop in Ormstown.
“Everybody loves the building,” says Chisholm, of the arena’s coliseum-style architecture that makes it possible for fans to see the action from all the seats. “It’s exciting when its full,” he says, noting both dates sold out last May.
Chisholm admits he would love to see the rodeo flourish in Ormstown. “It looks like we tapped into a market,” he says, noting that crowds are a huge part of any rodeo. “Competitors thrive off that. The fans definitely make for part of the show,” he says, noting they are hoping it will all come together again this spring.
The Ormstown Kioti Pro Rodeo was not only appreciated by local fans, but it was also recognized by the International Pro Rodeo Association (IPRA) as being one of the top five indoor rodeos of the year. The local event was also one of the top five best new IPRA sanctioned rodeos.
“It is not a huge venue, but everybody was stoked, everybody was really engaged, and it really made for a wild little event,” says Fisher, who hopes they will be able to crack the top five again this year for indoor rodeos.
Tickets can now be purchased online for the rodeo on May 10 and 11, as well as for the events on October 4, 5, and 6, at blackcreekrodeo.com.