Cattle Call Rodeo Saturday matinee on Nov. 9 was a break out start to a weekend
of action that saw crowds stampeding back for two more performances to crown
the All Around Cowboy who wins the Cattle Call saddle.
is some of the best entertainment in Imperial Valley, explained Carson Kalin,
Rodeo Committee member.
an extreme sport,” said Kalin. “It was around long before motorcycles
… back in the days of jousting and the knights.”
rodeo has bronc riders wearing crash helmets and body armor vests to keep them
safe to ride another day, he explained. Kicking off the event was the Cowboys’
Wild Horse Race.
the rodeo galloping with a blast of his shotgun that signaled the open corral
gate letting loose a herd of wild horses. The first to successfully saddle one
of the unbroken mounts was Anthony Jauregui.
Nov. 9 afternoon competition, rodeo events were held in the evening on Nov. 9
and a matinee on Nov. 10.
year we also have Tomas Garcilazo, a classic charro and national champion
roper,” said Kalin. “And we’re also part of the Southern California
Rough Stock Series. It’s intended to preserve our past heritage of the ‘cowboy
way’ and connect it with the present. We specialize in bareback, saddle bronc
riding, cowgirls barrel racing, and bull riding.”
Michael Brown, 25, is a bronc-riding competitor who grew up in Norco (Riverside
County). He competed in junior rodeo, high school and college. He works for a
construction company and competes on weekends. He also knows his competitors
who form a tight-knit group from California and Arizona.
just trying to hit as many circuit rodeos as I can,” said Brown.
“I’ve done eight rodeos since September. But it’ll get better in the
spring with the whole Western U.S. loaded up with rodeos.”
Rosetta Ingenito, rodeo fans, arrived from Winterhaven for the second year and
this time brought friends, Deborah and Colin Garner of Alberta, Canada. Joseph
is originally from New Jersey and calls himself an urban cowboy that kept
horses in Jersey City.
used to do team penning and barrel racing,” he recalled. “This
(Brawley) is a beautiful town, a beautiful setting and a great rodeo. It’s
worth riding up for. Even the food, we love the pulled pork.”
Producer’s Quality Control
Reno Rosser, son of legendary rancher and rodeo-stock provider Cotton Rosser, helps produce Cattle Call though the family’s Flying U Rodeo. Throughout the year the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association puts on incredible contests all across the United States. The animals featured are bred, raised and provided by firms such as Flying U that depends on Reno, his sister, Cindy, and other family members.
Flying U is
based in Marysville about 30 miles north of Sacramento. But Reno explained they
love Brawley because it is a much drier climate than the north.
history behind this rodeo, that’s so cool. We go to 40 to 50 rodeos a year, but
none celebrate rodeo like Brawley does,” he said. “In Salinas it’s a
two-week deal but as soon as it’s over nobody talks about it. But here it’s
He added, “And
the other unique part is the nonexclusive sponsorship. You got four tractor
companies. Also, the money generated at the rodeo all goes back into the
community, the high schools, churches and other civic organizations.”
award winning announcer, was back for his 20th year. Corley first won announcer
of the year in 1984 and then another 11 times, the most recent honor garnered
in 2015. Corley praised his crew in the announcer’s booth, including Chuck
Lopeman, who runs the sound, and makes him sound better than he normally does,
admitted Corley. There’s also Tim Miotke, who runs the scoreboard.