Nothing cuter than world’s smallest rodeo

Farm Forum

Numerous events will be offered to keep the youngest ranchers, including some no taller than a pony, entertained and excited during the 2015 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo.

There’s mutton busting before rodeo events; there’s the petting zoo at the civic center; and perhaps top among all events is the World’s Smallest Rodeo set for Saturday, Jan. 31. The World’s Smallest Rodeo showcases the stick-horse skills of children ages 3 to 5, and the event has a limit of 65 total contestants, so it is important to complete an application early.

Applications and rules are available at First Interstate Bank locations throughout the Black Hills. A $5 per contestant entry fee is due with the application. Completed entry forms should be returned to the Black Hills Stock Show office in Room 101 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Entries close Jan. 30 or when the limit is reached.

Each contestant will receive a Contestant Award Certificate, a First Interstate Bank rodeo back number and an official Black Hills Stock Show® Wild Stick Horse.

Contestants may compete in up to four events:

• Stick Horse Parade—contestants will be introduced as they parade their stick horse and prizes will be presented by First Interstate Bank for the best dressed cowboy and best dressed cowgirl

• Pole Bending

• Barrel Race

• Wild Horse Ride

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Jan. 31, several Junior Miss Rodeo Queens will be on hand to sign autographs and assist with the event. Contestant check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the competition kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Crystalyx BioBarrel Sale Ring in Rushmore Hall at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. To view a complete schedule of events, visit