Dust Flies At Sun Parlour Rodeo

The saddle bronc event during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The saddle bronc event during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(RUTHVEN, ON) – Over this past weekend, the 16th annual Sun Parlour Rodeo drew plenty of local cowboys and country-loving fans to the yearly fundraiser for Leamington-area health care. Over the years about $330,000 has been raised by the event for beneficiaries such as the Leamington District Memorial Hospital, WE Care for Kids, and the local campus of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.

First conceived by John Pavao, the IPRA sanctioned rodeo is now organized each year by family members and presented by the Rawhide Rodeo Company. The event attracts an international selection of competitors as well as 1000s of fans for the 6th rodeo on the 2017 circuit.

The Sun Parlour Rodeo provided competitive events including bareback riding, saddle broncs, mutton busting, steer riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding as well as an appearance by the Canadian Cowgirls and rodeo entertainer Brinson James.

One of the competitors in the bull riding event at the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

One of the competitors in the bull riding event at the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The calf roping event at the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The calf roping event at the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The bareback riding event during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jack Miller on board during the bareback riding event during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mutton busting during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mutton busting during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Junior bull riding during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Harrow’s Marissa Adams participates in the junior bull riding during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The bareback riding event during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The bareback riding event during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Barrel racing during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Barrel racing during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Junior bull riding during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Junior bull riding during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The calf roping event at the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Barrel racing during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Barrel racing during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Barrel racing during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

From Hillsburgh, ON, Callie Gray competes in the barrel racing during the 16th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo in Ruthven on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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