40 years of rodeo at Tees

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Over 400 cowboys from across central Alberta descended on Tees for the 40th Annual Tees Rodeo last weekend.

The rodeo, which attracts most of its riders from within a three hour drive of Tees, is put on the by Tees Agricultural Society and is part of the Central Alberta Rodeo Association.

Justin Steeves, who has been riding bulls since 2012, scored a 60 while riding Angry Bird, on his recorded bull ride, but then on an exhibition ride managed what most of the cowboys later told him was at least an 80 point ride, riding a new bull called Mancy.

The exhibition does not count towards points though. “I was asked to ride him, because they knew I would do it. Nobody had been out on that bull and they wanted to see how he would buck.”

Steeves, who works for the highway department in Rimbey, said he started competing because “I was going to the rodeos anyway, figured I might as well ride in them.”

He said he thinks the most dangerous part of bull riding is actually in the chute while trying to get on the bull.

The rodeo started at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, and ran until Sunday, Aug. 2. Results for the rodeo were not available at press time.