Adelanto’s first annual Wounded Warrior Rodeo proved to be a big hit with locals and visitors alike. Maverick’s Stadium was filled to capacity with a standing-room-only crowd of about 3,000 attendees cheering on their favorite cowboys and cowgirls as they competed in the National Police Rodeo Association sanctioned event on Saturday while 1,500 returned to the two-day event on Sunday.

Thanks to the large crowd and the generous sponsors, the rodeo was a great success allowing the city to donate $2,500 to the Wounded Warriors Project, which received $7,500 total from donations and sponsorship. At least one winner donated part of his proceeds back to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Events included bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, chute dogging, breakaway roping, tie down roping, and steer stopping. The children in attendance got to try their hand at mutton busting, calf scrambles, and boot scrambles.

Adelanto’s own Mayor Richard Kerr gave it his all when trying to ride a bull (Mayor Kerr shown mounted on a bronco). Although he couldn’t stay on for the full eight seconds, he says it was an exciting experience. “That’s an adrenaline rush if ever there was one,” said the Mayor.

One cowboy was injured when he was trampled by a bull. He was taken to Loma Linda and released the next day with only minor injuries.

Saturday’s attendees were treated to a concert both before and after the rodeo. Local favorite Bitter Honey played for the enthusiastic crowd until the wee hours of the morning. Vendors, such as Fat Jack’s Bar and Grill, were on hand to provide food and drink.

The rodeo was a success in part thanks to the generous donations of its sponsors. Rodeo sponsors included Cactus Horse Corrals and Rancho Supplies; Fiber Care; Eco Spa; Cageco, Inc.; Burrtec; Victorville Motors; 98.7 FM New Vision 360; 87.7 FM Nueva Vision 360; La Pedrosa 1550 AM; Domingos Restaurant; Q Marketing; Dodge RAM; Perc Water; Hertz Car Rental; Life Church; Victor Valley News; Fat Jack’s Bar and Grill; Z Realty; and Boot Barn.