Happening horseback on Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed this week as Rodeo Week in Nebraska.
Ricketts was joined by University of Nebraska President Ted Carter and members of the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association ahead of the 2021 Nebraska Cornhusker College Rodeo.
“Agriculture is a big part of who we are as Nebraskans,” said Ricketts. “We’ve got 22 million acres of rangeland and pastureland, and Nebraskans have long been involved in taking care of cattle.”
Ricketts said the young people in rodeo are helping Nebraska’s legacy of raising cattle and taking care of the land.
“They are practicing the skills that Nebraskans have used for generations to take care of their animals,” he said.
Carter recognized the coaches and professors behind the scenes who make UNL Rodeo and UNL Animal Science successful and added that he’s thankful for those in agriculture who take care of the land and animals.
“I’m respectful of all Nebraskans who ride the range and show the resiliency of taking care of our animals,” he said.
After signing the official proclamation, the Governor joined Carter and members of the UNL Rodeo team on a ride around the Governor’s residence.
Ricketts said Nebraskans can celebrate Rodeo Week by attending the UNL Rodeo at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln April 23-24; the National High School Finals Rodeo in Lincoln July 18-24; and Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell July 28-31.