TORRINGTON – For the 11th consecutive summer, Jake and Kerin Clark will be hosting the Torrington Youth Series Rodeo (TYS) at the Goshen County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
After being delayed a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were given the go-ahead to begin the summer series on Wednesday, May 20.
“Everyone is looking forward to having a place to go compete, and we’ll be responsible, do our part, be courtesy of everyone’s space and be able to produce an event that everyone can compete in,” Kerin Clark said.
Not a lot has changed from last year as far as the format of the TYS events go.
The series features youth ranging in age from 5 to 18 competing in everything from dummy roping, pole bending, barrel racing, goat tail untying, breakaway roping, goat tying, teaming roping and tie-down roping.
But there will be some changes due to the pandemic.
“We’ll have to do some modifications. We won’t have any concessions. We won’t have an office open. Everyone will have to do their six-foot stuff,” Clark said. “We visited with public heath to make sure we understood the restrictions and where we were at.”
In addition to those changes, instead of being paid out at the conclusion of the event, checks will be mailed out the next morning, horses may only be in the Pavilion during their event or immediately prior.
“We’ll have to do our part in social distancing as far as the six-foot guidelines between families,” Clark said. “Hopefully as the summer goes along, those restrictions will continue to get eased more and more.”
Action begins with exhibition and open barrel racing at 5:30 p.m. with the youth rodeo starting at 6 p.m., each night.
“We always want to thank this community for supporting the youth rodeo, and the families of rodeo have been amazing over the years in supporting this series,” Clark said. “We are mindful of the times we are in, and we are looking at the awards the same as we have done in the past. We hope everyone will go out and support the community and businesses. They have always been there for our youth rodeo events.”
Rodeos are scheduled for May 20 and 27, June 10, 17 and 24, and July 1, 8, 15 and 29.