Pretty Prairie Rodeo in Reno County entertains a sold-out crowd

Under a prairie sky, dozens of masterful athletes rode bulls, horses and taut calves.

On Friday night, Pretty Prairie Rodeo #85 sold out the stands to over 4,500 spectators.

As the runners raced on barrels, rode bulls with ropes and rode bulls, announcer Randy Corelli cheered people in the stands cheering the participants, some of whom grew up near Pretty Prairie.

Throughout the evening, bullfighters Jacob Welker of Pretty Prairie and Wacey Munsell of Ulysses and their hometown favorite, Justin Rumford, who grew up in Arlington, shielded the bull riders and performed in front of the crowd.

Hutchinson's Luke Mast rides the A67 Bracket Buster during a bull riding event Friday evening, July 22, 2022, at Pretty Prairie Rodeo, Kansas' biggest night of rodeo.

Three locals joined cowboys from Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming as they competed for money and recognition. Hutchinson’s Tammy Bolton rode her Bean horse for the barrel racing competition, and he rode it at a good pace.

Cash Toews of Canton and Luke Mast of Hutchinson worked hard to survive on their bulls, as the Toews competed in their third rodeo.

Canton Cash Toews

Cash Toews of the 467th Bull Black Mamba ride during the 85th Annual Pretty Prairie Rodeo on Friday night, July 22, 2022.

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Cash Toews, a Canton bull rider, competed in his third Pretty Prairie Rodeo competition of the year and his goal was to participate in the Rodeo Cowboys Association, or PRCA, Finals, the Rookie Finals in Las Vegas.

“My grandfather didn’t come from a rodeo family but from a cattle-raising family, but he started rodeos, and back in the day they used to ride buffaloes,” said Toys. “My dad didn’t really want me to start it, but I kept begging, and it was in my blood from day one.”

Toews said he started out with lamb breaking competitions when he was young and continued to pull calves, eventually switching to bull riding.

He started his career at Pretty Prairie Rodeo and looks forward to returning every year.

It’s always fun to come back to,’ said Toys. “It’s just a great rodeo; I’d love to come back here.”

Tammy Bolton runs her bean horse around the barrel during the barrel race competition Friday evening, July 22, 2022, at the Pretty Prairie Rodeo.

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Hutchinson’s Tammy Bolton said she actually won by being in the rodeo

For Tammy Bolton, a Hutchinson barrel racer, the crowds made her feel right at home.

“I’ve been to some other rodeos, but this one, even though I live in Hutch, is a bit like our hometown rodeo,” Bolton said.

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