The 72nd Annual Elks Rodeo is just around the corner and it’s time to select Sponsor Flag Carriers. Sponsor Flags play an important role during the Rodeo to recognize our local and national sponsors.

For those interested in participating, tryouts will be held this Saturday, March 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Elks Unocal Event Center located at 4040 Highway 101. This is the ONLY tryout session and no others will be scheduled for this year.

Signups will begin at 8:00 a.m. and tryouts will begin promptly thereafter. You must try out on the horse you are planning to ride in the Rodeo.

No exceptions will be made. Pre-Registration is required for tryouts. Please call the Rodeo Office at (805) 925-4125 or Jeanette Veino (805) 929-5784.

Potential Sponsor Flag Carriers will be judged on the following criteria:

Horsemanship: How you handle your horse, your riding ability: Does your horse stand still? Stop, etc.?

Arena Procedures: How fast you run, usage of the entire arena. Are you able to handle the flag? Run a hot lap with other girls, etc.?

Appearance: Please dress as you would during Rodeo. Please make sure your horse and equipment is clean and neat.

Personality: Do you smile as you gallop around the arena, etc.?

Overall: Combination of the above factors

For additional information, please call the Elks Recreation Office at (805) 925-4125 or Jeanette Veino at (805) 929-5784.

About Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade

The Elks Recreation Foundation was established in 1943 when it held its first fundraising event, a dance at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. They used the funds raised from that event to stage the first Elks Rodeo June 3-June 4, 1944. The initial two day event was preceded each day by a mounted parade from the Vet’s Memorial Building to the Santa Maria Fairgrounds. The first Rodeo netted Elks Recreation nearly $3000.00 that first year and a long history of fundraising to support local youth sports and recreation was born. Since that time, Elks Recreation, Inc. has raised and donated over $10,500,000 to the local community.