The skills of nearly 20 ATV riders both local and from across the country were tested at the annual ATV/UTV rodeo hosted Sept. 19 at the Sevier County Fairgrounds rodeo and rock crawl arenas in Richfield.
This year’s rodeo was hosted in conjunction with the 20th annual Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree, which brought some 525 people to the area last week, according to Kevin Arrington, Sevier County events coordinator.
Approximately 70 spec-tators turned out for the rodeo, which was an evolution of past ATV rodeos, as Jeff Jones, owner of Sprockets in Monroe, took over as the organizer and a sponsor of the event.
Opening the evening of contests was an ultimate obstacle course, which tested riders’ abilities to serpentine a series of poles, navigate their way around three barrels, through some dips and over a tabletop jump to the finish line. Mike Taylor, Salina, earned the top time in the trial, clearing the course in 49.07 seconds, according to Jones.
In the mud bogs, Jones said Steve Graf, Garden Grove, Calif., scored first place, followed by Chase Shreeve, Las Vegas, and Joey Sicard, Elsinore. He said Sicard was also the only participant to clear the rock crawl course, which earned him the top dog challenge title, which was awarded to the rider with the best finish in all events.
“[Sicard] was the only one who finished all three events, so he was our top dog,” Jones said. He said Sicard earned a custom made trophy created by Jones from ATV parts.
In his first year hosting the event, Jones said he was pleased with the results, and with the rider turnout, both jamboree participants and local residents.
“We had a lot of local people ride, which was nice,” Jones said. “There were some nice machines that came out to play.”
Jones said he would like to see the rodeo evolve into a community event that ties area residents and jamboree riders together more in the future.