Cinch Up: Time For The Goshen Stampede

It is back … Goshen Stampede for Father’s day weekend, Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18 at the Goshen Fair Grounds. Barrel racing riders, chili cheese fries, bulls and truck pulls – plus plenty of cowboy hats, jeans and boots.

Dad can do both – juggle chili fries and child – and make it look effortless. At the Goshen Stampede. AGH/MDP photo.

Go, go, go.

When you ride with all you are – this photo captures that teamwork. AGH/MDP

Takes skill and experience to be one with your horse. AGH/MDP

There will be horses. Lots of horses. Saddles, gear, plenty to see, do and people watch. Shopping too. *Special: Stop by the Lock, Stock & Barrel tent, register to win a brand-new chain saw. Tickets are free, but you have to sign up at the Goshen Stampede.

CT Blue Seal Feed Store present Trick Riders, The Trixie Chick Trick Riders from Missouri, to show off gymnastics moves atop galloping horses.

“We do our own stunts. The saying goes: The history of the American West was written from the back of a horse. But a few daring horsemen and women left the comfort of their saddles to rewrite history for themselves. They are America’s trick riders. The Trixie Chicks Trick Riders strive to promote the legacy of trick riding with professionalism and integrity. We value safety, horsemanship, and showmanship.”

Trixie Chick Trick Riders from Missouri. This is Kelsey Temmen performing the Hippodrome Stand on “Cookie” – a 12-year-old American Quarter Horse who carried his rider through the 2016 North American Trick Riding Championships in Las Vegas where the duo was crowned the Open Women’s Champion. The Trixie Chicks were founded in 2010 by Shelby Epperson and are now currently owned by team rider Kelsey Temmen. Image is linked to their official site.


Ride 'em cowboy - the real deal. Photo courtesy of The Goshen Stampede, linked to the event Facebook page for daily updates.

Ride ’em cowboy – the real deal. Photo courtesy of The Goshen Stampede, linked to the event Facebook page for daily updates.

Don’t miss the WZBG Kids Rodeo, always a crowd pleaser watching small fry compete holding the wool to ride sheep – yes sheep – in mutton busting competition, Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m., in the main rodeo arena.

More than 400 competitions for horse and riders, competing for prize money that exceeded $26,000 last year. Connecticut’s “only” professional rodeos featured Saturday and Sunday, with special events that include bull riding, bronc riding, and barrel racing.

Meet & Greet with Extreme Mustang Makeover’s Rachel Fleury and Dixie at noon on Sunday.

Howdy. The soft muzzle of a horse.

Remember, veterans get in free (with military ID).

Rodeo action, demolition derby, trucks pulls, food, activities for all ages, family-oriented activities. More than 400 competitions for horse and riders, competing for prize money that exceeded $26,000 last year, according to Sean O’Neill, president of Goshen Stampede, Inc.

There will also be great food, vendors, carnival rides, and a free petting zoo.

If you want to see a preview of the gymkhana, here is a link to a story feature we did about it.

Rodeo action, demolition derby, trucks pulls, food, activities for all ages, family-oriented. Don’t miss the WZBG Kids Rodeo, always a crowd pleaser watching small fry compete riding sheep – yes sheep – in mutton busting competition, Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m., in the main rodeo arena.

Goshen Stampede; follow link to Facebook page for updates.

Metal on Metal demolition derbies, $3,000 in prize money.

“Aquanett” New England’s favorite hairband plays Friday, June 16, WPLR Stage. (AJ from the Chaz ‘n AJ radio show on WPLR will be driving in the Sunday Demo Derby.)

The Tri-State Truck Warz features competitors going all out for the title of toughest truck in New England.

Kicking up dust. AGH/MDP

Go. Gone country.

Music features “The LACs” with their own brand of country hip-hop, which they have dubbed “hick-hop.” Special Guests Nashville Drive, DJ Backwoods, as well as many bands on the Country 92.5 Stage.

Goshen Fair Grounds, 116 Old Middle St., Goshen, Connecticut. For all the information visit www.goshenstampede.com. Admission is $16; 10 to 17, $12; 9 and younger can get in free with a coupon that is available on www.goshenstampede.com – and when accompanied by a paid adult.

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