Center: Karley Smith, the recently crowned 89er Queen for 2018.
During the 89er Days celebration, Jerry Casey and his team brought a full rodeo to the Logan County Arena. There were multiple events over the course of the week, each one bringing something different. Competitors from all over came to Guthrie to try their hand at bare back riding, roping, Mutton Bustin' for the kids and plenty of other events.
The major events took place on Saturday evening. That night, the bleachers were full as dozens off competitors came from all over to try their hand. As the competitors were getting ready, a crowning ceremony was held for the 2018 89er Queen and Princess.
Three women were recognized, the first was Kallyn King-Smith who had the highest ticket sales for this year. The 2017 Queen and Princess were at the rodeo to recognize and crown their replacements. The 2018 89er Princess is Shailey Smith and the Queen is Karley Smith. All three girls are sisters and the children of Shane and Brandi Smith.
In addition to the crowning, the rodeo had a few special events for the younger crowd. The first event of the night was Mutton Bustin'. For those who may be unaware, Mutton Bustin' is a competition for the younger population where the child rides on the back of a sheep and holds onto the wool until the sheep knocks the child off.
At the rodeo this year, the Mutton Bustin' brought out approximately 10 children who were anxious to win it all. The grand prize for this event, $20. After several competitive rides, Ryan Girard came out on top and took home the prize.
Throughout the rest of the night the best riders in the area tried their hand at nine different events from roping to bare back riding. The rodeo results are still being compiled and when they are complete, they will be available on the Guthrie results page at the IPRA website According to Casey, the crowd was treated to a special show when a drill team from El Reno entered the arena to show their skills.
"They are a hispanic team who rode side saddle. It was beautiful," Casey said.
Overall, Casey was very pleased with the turnout at the rodeo and looks forward to doing more events in the future. He also noted that the money raised will be very beneficial for the veteran receiving their help this year.