Zions eye titles at Steamboat rodeo

Event returns at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday

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Ticket information

Adults: $15

Children ages 7 to 15: $8

Children 6 and younger: free

Pre-sale tickets are available at The Steamboat Grand, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Gondola General, the information center in Gondola Square, F.M. Light & Sons, All That Jazz, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association visitor center and Steamboat Central Reservations. All tickets are general admission except for VIP tickets. The main seating area is covered, and overflow seating is not covered. Handicap parking and seating are available.

— Megan Zion admitted that sitting out a week of rodeo will be an awkward sensation — especially a week during a summer that’s proven so great.

Injuries and finances tend to send cowboys and cowgirls to the bench late in the summer, but neither has slowed Zion, who is in the midst of a heated battle atop the season-long barrel racing points standings.

Biddy, the horse that’s helped her to cash nearly every weekend in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, is a different story.

“She has internal issues,” Zion said. “I have to sit her out a week or 10 days. I know it’s best for her, and if I don’t sit her out for one week, I could be done for the summer.”

Megan and Biddy won’t make the trip to Steamboat this weekend, but Megan’s husband, Cory, and a strong field of other cowboys and cowgirls will ensure the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series keeps on rolling as the circuit resumes for two more weekend performances, at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs.

“We just like it up there,” Cory said about Steamboat.

Cory Zion has captured Steamboat’s season-long tie-down roping championship twice in his 27-year rodeo career, but this year his eyes are set on the all-around cowboy title, and he hopes to continue progressing toward it this weekend.

He will compete this weekend in tie-down roping and team roping.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said about the all-around title, which awards the season’s best multi-event cowboy. “I won calf roping a few times, and I always try team roping up in Steamboat a little bit so I can get in on the all-around.”

The Zion team has made every Steamboat rodeo this season, a streak that will be interrupted because of Biddy’s injury.

The couple travels nearly six hours one way from Idalia on the far eastern Colorado plains. They said they like Steamboat Springs just fine. Biddy, though, loves the place.

“My mare just really, really likes it there,” she said. “I had a gelding I ran for a few years, and he ran beautiful runs, but I hardly ever got a check in Steamboat. He didn’t fire there. This mare of mine, she’s always run great there. Last summer was pretty good, but this summer, she seems to have even topped that.”

Megan Zion is in a near dead heat with three-time Steamboat champ Julie Haskins and plans to continue her campaign for her first season title as soon as Biddy is ready.

Rodeo schedule

6 p.m. Pre-rodeo barbecue starts

6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Pre-rodeo live entertainment

7:30 p.m. Rodeo starts

Order of Events

(Subject to change)

Opening Ceremonies

Bareback Riding

Sponsor Flags

Team Roping

Calf Scramble

Tie-Down Roping

Ram Scramble

Steer Wrestling

Clown Act

Saddle Bronc Riding

Team Roping

Cowgirls Barrel Racing

Pee Wee Barrel Racing

Bull Riding

Comments

Zed 4 years, 4 months ago

Rodeo is tough on these animals, glad to hear someone is putting the health of their horse first. Didn't a horse die at the last rodeo in the bareback riding? Have not seen a mention of that in the paper...

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