RHRA is a family rodeo series focused on the growth of our youth competitors in order to promote and preserve the rodeo & western life-style.
As of 2020, rodeos are held the 3rd weekend of June, July & August in Rosalia, WA. Rolling Hills Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization that is devoted to promoting the western lifestyle of rodeo and encouraging people of all ages to come and enjoy the fun. The RHRA is open to the whole family - for KIDS ages 2 to 99! We welcome new and old members to come join us on the third Sunday from May to August. In the late 90's, Sharon Hannas and Kellee Whipple orchestrated a family play day centered around various rodeo events. In a conversation between the two, Kellee talked about her involvement in an group where she was from in Idaho. It was a place where each member of the family could compete in various rodeo events, excluding rough stock, in one place on the same day. They thought the idea for a family-oriented event like that would be well received in the area of the Palouse so they both decided to pursue the idea. The first rodeo was held at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax, WA in May of 1999 with sixty-six competitors of all ages. There were three more rodeos following each month after; forming a series where competitors could earn points for year-end awards. The participation grew with each rodeo proving a great success in the years to follow with participants coming from all over eastern Washington, Idaho and a few from Oregon. In 2014 following many years of fun & participation an official organization, the Rolling Hills Rodeo Association, was formed with the vision of creating a non-profit family rodeo association where business sponsors could be obtained for the benefit & continuation of the western way of life & "A Family Tradition!"
Oh Facebook .... we have tried to edit (change the date) and cancel this event multiple times due to COVID-19 and other conflicts but Facebook has not done it and this was brought to our attention this morning. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment.
𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏!!! 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆’𝒗𝒆 𝒄𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒅, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒚𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆’𝒗𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 … 𝑶𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒂 𝒃𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒌!!!
It is with huge sadness, frustration and even a little anger that we make the announcement that – despite COUNTLESS HOURS, PHONE CALLS, EMAILS AND ATTORNEY INVOLVEMENT (yes, really) – 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 𝗥𝗛𝗥𝗔 𝗦𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗕𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗗!
This committee has gone above and beyond to explore options, meet guidelines, create alternatives build a “Safe Start Phase 3 – Return to Rodeo” plan … and we even thought that we had a trail blazed for our 2020 Season until we hit some new snags last week! After coming off of a record-breaking season last year for our organization we feel the pain as much as anyone, as we the board, had great hopes and vision for an even BETTER 2020 Season.
𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙚 “𝙬𝙝𝙮,” 𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙤 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨…
• We had created a “Phase 3 Safe Start – Return to Rodeo” written plan that we believed met all of the states criteria. Some of the state provided information stated it needed to be submitted to local county health authorities while another document said you had to have it available up request from health authorities during an inspection and guidelines must be met. These guidelines were in depth which made meeting them interesting with restrictions such as … closed office/announcers stand, everything online for memberships/entries, No spectators – only contestants and guardians, only 5 at the arena gate at a time standing on their social distancing marks, designated barrel/pole setters wearing gloves, daubers wearing gloves, chute help wearing gloves, a sanitation specialist to disinfect port-a-potties and high touch points every hour, disinfecting hands and goat strings before and after runs and so much more.
• We tried submitting the plan for approval to the local health department but they are denying any approvals for the sake of liability as “the liability of COVID will be litigated for the next 5-10 years and we don’t want to accept liability therefore we will not approve your plan!” We were also told that if we believed that we could meet all the state requirements hopefully we were right. Enforcement was coming mostly thru Labor & Industries which we would be subject to because we had a business license.
• We recognize other people are doing events and while many are private the reality is that it only takes ONE person to be unhappy and turn us in. A picture is worth a thousand words and we are subject to L&I fines as a result of our status.
• Then the mask mandate came and while there is discrepancy as we are outside … We are also a business and we have mostly kids involved which put a different element into the circumstances. As we originally read the mask request (prior to the statewide mandate) we believed we were fine to not require them, however, once the mandate came out we weren’t sure how that affected us.
• We sought official legal council of an attorney who specializes in this area who even provided us with a COVID waiver to use if we went forward but believed that masks would be a must as there are legal mandates in place and for consideration of future liability, both through L&I and in the event someone was to get sick and have it traced back to our event! His response was “It only takes one person to take some pictures and turn you in! Anyone who may just be crabby or have something against rodeo or the association for any reason is a threat!” There is undeniably some personal responsibility for participating but the line for COVID or a pandemic hasn’t been drawn in the sand so we don’t really know where liabilities stand. Also, waivers are only as good as the people signing them and we don’t know how someone infecting another person will play out.
• No … Liability Insurance WILL NOT COVER THE ASSOCIATION FOR THIS. There are specific clauses in ours and most all insurance policies that EXCLUDE “communicable disease transmission” from your policy! So, if someone gets sick or we get and L&I fine … we are on our own to pay for it! While we have things formulated in a business matter and we would likely have protection as a corporation … it is still possible to “penetrate the corporate ceiling” and the 5 board members could be personally responsible. Regardless of that, as it was a very small factor in our consideration, we always spend the money back on our kids & contestants year-end prizes … So there’s not enough money to even cover the $10,000 non-compliance fine.
• We considered “going for it” with our plan and try the “see what happens” philosophy until the mask aspect! RHRA is about FUN AND GROWTH WITH SAFETY BEING A PRIORITY … All the restrictions really made that impossible! We don’t feel as board members that we could lead by example being in masks all day working stock, timing, judging, announcing, etc. and we certainly wouldn’t be able to make sure our children did their part of keeping masked and socially distanced as we can only be so many places at once! We also REALLY STRUGGLED WITH THE VALIDITY OF MAKING PEOPLE WEAR MASKS on top of having the manpower to enforce ANY OF OUR WRITTEN PLAN let alone the masks!
Unfortunately, we are undauntedly engaged in a game of “𝐶𝑜𝑤𝑏𝑜𝑦’𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐾𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛’𝑠” now days and there is just too darn many unknowns; Especially with so many kids and various events involved! We know there are other equine events going on and we can’t speak for them but WE HAVE DONE OUR RESEARCH and we are certainly not alone in our cancellation of youth rodeos within the state of Washington! This year’s officer team has tried diligently to blaze a trail and continue on with the sport we love but BOTTOM LINE … it’s not just about 2020! We are looking at what is best for the association LONG-TERM; Short-term sacrifice for long-term gain! Our hearts all said absolutely but our gut and evidence said … Not now! We do not like it but we do believe it is what is BEST for the association and we want people to be able to experience RHRA as they have come to love it … Fun, Friendly & Family Oriented … Not a stressful, unfriendly, cold event!
We have already discussed the possibility of future events this year late summer/early fall IF things take a big swing back to normal but as of right now … we are as saddened and angry that we are having to cancel the July and August rodeos; just as much as you are hearing it! We now will shift our sights onto making a great ’21 Run” for RHRA. We share in your disappointment but hope you know we really went to bat for you this year and can’t wait to see you return with us in 2021!!!
Your 2020 RHRA Board
Trisha Brash – President
Cari LaValley – Vice President
Nancy Sagerser – Treasurer
Amber Perkins – Secretary
Anna Wilson – Points Secretary
IMPORTANT JULY UPDATE:
We are working to formulate an acceptable "Phase 3- Safe Start Return to Rodeo" protocol in hopes that we can produce a July & August event. We hope to release more info by mid-week and please know and understand that it is our goal to provide some sort of activity for families to participate in eventhough there may be differences to our normal routine that will need to happen & special protocols will need to be in place that will make things different! There are no guarantees at this time however we are cautiously optimistic & will very much need your full compliance if we are able to move forward & you elect to participate! Again, we are very hopeful, while nothing is certain yet, we are diligently trying to produce an event that meets all current standards and limits participants exposure and potential spread of COVID-19. Please stay tuned to our website for a final announcement later this week!
𝗪𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗲'𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗡𝗢𝗪, we know many of you have elements of your life that are essential and are still moving forward! As we are all in this together, we encourage you to support those local, small businesses that supported our 2019 RHRA Season! 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿!
All Terrain Fence & Contracting Basin Feed & Supply - Cheney Farm Credit-Spokane Petek Trucking Stimson Contracting Inc.
2020 Season Update...
Our RHRA Board is monitoring the current COVID-19 situation for how it could potentially impact our upcoming season. At this time, we are not making any changes to our plans for the 2020 season. Rest assured, we will continue to monitor this situation and make appropriate and socially responsible decisions as needed.
We hope to have updated membership forms available by the end of the week & are hopefully looking forward to a successful and fun 2020 Season! Of course if anything were to change the ultimate direction of our season and you had submitted your membership forms we would process refunds! We know that when the coast is clear, we will all be wanting to enter up and play!!! Take Care & Stay Safe!
SEE ORIGINAL POST HERE:
2020 Membership Forms Coming Soon!!!
IF YOU HAVE PRINTED OFF A 2019 FORM PLEASE DISCARD as it will not be valid for our 2020 season. We will also be working on updating the website and you may experience intermittent outages as a result. We will share when our site and forms are fully updated!
THIS WAS AN EPIC MOMENT IN RHRA HISTORY! It's something that we said we would do ONLY WHEN, when we could ADD money to every place award budget/allocation AND awards saddles! Well, 2019 WAS THAT YEAR! And it was ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE HAD SPONSORS THAT STEPPED UP AND DONATED ENOUGH MONEY FOR BASIC ASSOCIATION SADDLES AND SEVERAL MORE WHO WERE SIGNIFICANT SPONSORS!
Thank you to Crossfire Construction/Larry & Erin Gleave & All Terrain Fence and Contrcting/Shawn & Trisha for really stepping up and doing "the and then some" this year with your donations! We are so blessed!
Also contributing significantly was Basin Feed, Petek Trucking, NW Farm Credit Services-Spokane & Stimson Contracting.
Our winners and general membership had NO IDEA that this was going to happen! These kids were all smiles & tears as we brought these saddles out!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE YOUTH:
Cavan Brash -- 7 & Under All-Around & was the Top Point earner in the association
Arena Wells -- 8 to 11 All-Around Champ
Riley Petek -- 12 to 16 All-Around Champ
No these are not basic saddles, as we gave the families an option for customization and upgrades @ their own expense! And while we would love to say this is a new tradition, WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE A SURE THING in the future! While we would love it to be so... we will not short the greater good and general budget if the money isn't there from generous sponsors! We appreciate EVERYONE who contributed in 2019 to this great association to celebrate ALL of our achievers!!! THANK YOU!
Thank you for believing in and supporting this family rodeo association! Thank you for supporting what we represent... A family tradition focused on growth, safety & core values of western traditions! "Cowboys & Cowgirls are hard to make but easy to break" & we are passionate about growing them with values & traditions that build the foundation for great future community members & leaders! Cheers to 2020!
Trisha Brash - Your RHRA President
2019 Event Champion's, Reserve All-Around & All-Around Winners... Please check your emails for very important details regarding our 2019 Buckle/All-Around award sponsors!
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN EMAIL FROM RHRA please let us know!
Cody Raulston, Erin Wells, Riley Petek, Sydney Schneider, Amber Perkins, Josh Chrisman, Teresa Chrisman, Becky Bailey, Whitney Stelzer, McCall Herb, Jordayah LaValley, Cari LaValley, Robin Homan Nachtigal, Michele Wood, Anna Hill Wilson, Katie Stiles Bageant, Katie Whetzel,
We wanted to take an extra moment to once again thank everyone who supported RHRA in our 2019 Season! We couldn’t do this caliber of production and celebration without you! We appreciate that YOU stepped up and supported this UNIQUE family rodeo organization that is focused on raising youth with core values in a setting that not only focuses on competition but predominantly on growth and safety. We not only want to grow young cowboys and cowgirls into great competitors but also into great contributing members of their future communities!
To our RHRA Family – both current and future – please know that the only reason this incredible season was possible … Is simply stated – It’s because of these people! We always give back to you what was donated in that given year and now we have a lot of people who are backing our mission and supporting what we stand for! Please know that we always give back to you, what is given in your honor, but that honor is always dependent on the financial support and success that we have through our fundraising and sponsorship success.
We are looking forward to a fantastic 2020 as well but just know that our awards and productions are dependent on the generous support of business and people like these folks and we can never guarantee or make representations of what future productions and awards will be for any given year! And where applicable, please consider doing business with our business sponsors!
Thank you again to all of our supporters and participants for supporting what RHRA stands for!
Your RHRA Board
THANK YOU TO OUR KEY CORPORATE SPONSORS:
- All Terrain Fence & Contracting
- Basin Feed & Supply - Cheney Group
- Crossfire Construction Larry Gleave & Erin
- NW Farm Credit Services - Spokane
- Petek Trucking
- Stimson Contracting Inc.
THANK YOU TO OUR BUCKLE/RESERVE ALL-AROUND SPONSORS:
4W Ranch (Scott Wilson & Anna Hill Wilson)
Get A Grip Bucking Bulls - Adam Westman
Bailey, Bryce & Becky
Bailley, Keith & Yvonne
Blessed Acres Farm
Bruce Family, Doug & @Cathy
Busch Distributors, Inc.
C & M Highlanders - Carolyn Nesbitt
Cheney Federal Credit Union
Cheney Finish Works, LLC
Chrisman Family, George & Sharon
Chrisman Family, Josh & Teresa
CLB Enterprises - Craig Brash
Custom Barns -
Dave & Joann Paul
GJ Family Farms, Gabriel & Janette
Larry & Erin Gleave
Perkins Family, Matt & Amber
Rocking EK Ranch Playday
Walking 5 Creations & LaValley Family
Wells Family, Matt & Erin
THANK YOU to all of our members, sponsors, volunteers & supporters for an INCREDIBLE YEAR! Cheers to 2020 and some EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME... Including our 2020 dates!!!
Also, many thanks to those families & members who stayed for our membership meeting to give your input & support!
We have many AMAZING & INCREDIBLE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS ROLLING IN and with putting the finishing details on the Awards Banquet I can't keep up right now with all the graphics and individual posts for each one the way I'd like. SO HERE'S A FEW PICS!
AWARDS BANQUET SILENT AUCTION SPOTLIGHT:
Living a country life-style you often encounter MUD which can often be resolved with GRAVEL! Thanks to ACTION MATERIAL & SILKLINE EXCAVATION WE WILL HAVE 10 YARDS OF GRAVEL, Delivered within 20 miles of the pit on our silent auction this year!!!
Thank you for teaming up to contribute to our Silent Auction!
WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FOR OUR FEB. 9TH BANQUET!
See more award banquet & general meeting details here:
AWARDS BANQUET SILENT AUCTION SPOTLIGHT:
We all know this sport creates a necessity for HAY & it can sometimes be hard to find! Checkout this great donation from Schneider Farms that you can bid on this Sunday! Thank you for contributing to our Silent Auction!
WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FOR OUR FEB. 9TH BANQUET!
See more award banquet & general meeting details here:
1 WEEK TO GO... Until our awards banquet! We are still looking forward to posting YOUR SILENT AUCTION ITEMS THIS WEEK & WOULD LOVE IT IF EACH FAMILY COULD MAKE A DONATION! Thank you Whitney Stelzer, Katie Bageant & the Petek Family for sending us pictures of your donations! If you have an item & send us a message with what you've got and we will get ot posted to create interest and excitement for one of our BIGGEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISERS! Thank you all again and we are looking forward to SUNDAY FEB. 9TH!
The RHRA Family Rodeo series is a summer timed event rodeo that occurs, as of 2020, the 3rd Saturday of the month June - August and is open to all ages. Our youngest lead-line contestants have been less than 1 year old and we have had 3 generations contending for placings during the same event. At RHRA the focus of this series is on common timed events while no rough stock events are provided. We strive to make this a family friendly atmosphere with the a strong emphasis on growth & safety.
Multiple age groups are supported: - Lead-line (available to any age) - 7 & Under - 8-11 - 12-16 - 17-39 - 40+
Available Events... some depending on age: - Poles / Cal Stake - Barrels - Goats--undercoating/flanking/tying (depending on age) - Dummy roping - Calf tracking - Breakaway - Team Roping
Individual and Family memberships are available for the series. Your membership allows you to compete in the series without having an additional per person/per day non-member fee assessed and it also provides you with eligibility for year-end placing & awards for all ride-alone groups. Lead line participants get day prizes at each rodeo.
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R.A.C.E. a local non-profit