Saddle bronc Bay Rum worth every buck

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Ticket prices

Adults $15

Children ages 7 to 15 $8

Children 6 and younger free

Adults can save $1 and children 50 cents by buying their tickets ahead of time. Discounted tickets are available at F.M. Light & Sons, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Gondola General, Information Center/Vacation Services in Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Central Reservations.

All tickets are general admission.

Rodeo schedule

6 p.m. Pre-rodeo barbecue

6:15 to 7:15 Pre-rodeo live entertainment

7:30 Rodeo starts

The rodeo runs every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 16. Times are the same for every performance except July 4, when the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.

Rodeo events include:

Bareback Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding

Bull Riding

Tie-Down Roping

Steer Wrestling

Team Roping

#11 Team Roping

Cowgirl's Barrel Racing

Pee Wee Barrel Racing

Calf Scramble

Ram Scramble

Veteran rodeo clown J.W. Winklepleck will also perform throughout the weekend.

— Glenn Southwick will be back in Steamboat Springs tonight, the start of the third weekend in a row he's traveled to town for the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill.

The stock contractor for the first three of the summer rodeo's 10-week run, Southwick said one of the most rewarding parts of his job is watching his homegrown horses and bulls compete.

He'll be taking satisfaction from something else this weekend, however.

Only two of the horses he supplied for the rodeo were purchased by Southwick, but even if the fierce saddle bronc horse Bay Rum was born outside one of Southwick's two ranches, he said he still feels heavily invested.

"When I bought him, he looked terrible," Southwick said Thursday afternoon while preparing for a rodeo in Greeley. "I was afraid he'd die, but I gambled."

Southwick picked the animal out of a bucking horse sale in Winnie, Texas, a small town located near Houston and just 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico coast.

Few thought much of the big-but-boney beast at the time, but Southwick said he saw a deal and bought the horse for $2,100, about $5,000 less than healthier animals were bringing.

"Every time someone sees him, they remember me buying him. They never thought he'd make it off the trailer in one piece," Southwick said.

It's not Bay Rum that has the potential to leave the arena in pieces any longer, however. After years of being nursed back to health on the Southwick ranch, Bay Rum will threaten to send any cowboy who dares to ride him onto the dirt with a titanic buck.

It was there the entire time, his proud owner said.

"Even when he was really skinny - and he was really skinny - he could still buck," Southwick said. "He was so terribly thin and his hair was falling out. It was horrible, but now he's in excellent shape and he's ready to go.

"I knew he had it considering as much try as he had even in the shape he was in."

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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