The 8th Annual Open Ranch Rodeo was held at the Morongo Indian Reservation

MORONGO INDIAN RESERVATION, CA — The 8th annual Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo took place on Saturday, and the event brought together professional and amateur ropers and riders of all ages and skill levels, according to organizers.

The free event was sponsored by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Cultural Heritage Department.

“The Open Ranch Rodeo in Morongo is an opportunity to see some of the best stringers and riders in action alongside rising rodeo stars and young riders,” said Erich Rogers, a member of the Navajo tribe who won the title of 2017 World Champion Team Ropers at that year’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

For a third year, the Morongo Indian Reservation event served as a qualifier for the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Open Team Roping – commonly referred to as “The Feist” – the prestigious annual roping event held in Reno, Nevada.

The day also featured riders and stringers competing for custom loops and thousands of dollars in prize money in breeding events like team stringing, barrel racing and breakaway stringing. Younger competitors competed in youth barrel racing, sheep breaking and steer driving events.

“The annual Morongo Rodeo is always a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates our rich history and welcomes riders and ropers of all ages and skill levels to compete,” said Morongo Tribal Council member Brian Lugo, president of the rodeo. “It’s a great opportunity to see professional stringers and riders in action as well as future rodeo stars and young riders.”

Nohemi M. Moore