Bob Clark of Apache Junction Mounted Rangers elected ‘Honorary Ranger’

Longtime Apache Junction Mounted Rangers member Bob Clark was recently nominated and elected as Honorary Ranger for 2018 for service above and beyond the call of duty. Mr. Clark has been a member since April 2008, according to a release. “He has worn many hats in our organization. He was the go-to person for quads, […]

Dyer: Lost Dutchman Days committee planning 2019 event

Sponsors are needed for the Feb. 22-24, 2019, Lost Dutchman Days rodeo and associated events. The full eight-event rodeo – bull riding, saddlebronc, bareback, calf and team roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping – with professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money, will be held at the Rodeo Grounds, 1590 […]

Lost Dutchman Days Queen Isaac completes ’50 Pink Horse Breast Cancer Challenge’

Ashley Isaac, 2018 Lost Dutchman Days queen, accepted the “50 Pink Horse Breast Cancer Challenge” and on Oct. 21 rode as many horses as she could at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. “This is a challenge that rodeo queens from all over the country are participating in,” Heidi Erickson, Lost […]

Lost Dutchman Days Queen Isaac accepts ’50 Pink Horse Breast Cancer Challenge’

Ashley Isaac, 2018 Lost Dutchman Days queen, has accepted the “50 Pink Horse Breast Cancer Challenge.” “This is a challenge that rodeo queens from all over the country are participating in,” Heidi Erickson, Lost Dutchman Days royalty director, said in a release. “Ashley will be riding horses throughout the entire month of October to reach […]

Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo pays out more than $20,000

Winners of the Feb. 23-25 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction shared a combined payout of more than $20,400, according to official results from the Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association. The following winners are listed by event, place, name, time/score and prize amount. Each payoff was based on the payoff schedule per event; if […]

Salt River Wild Horse Management Group wins ‘Best Float’ at Lost Dutchman Days Parade

Salt River Wild Horse Management Group’s entry in the Feb. 24 Lost Dutchman Days Parade won “best float” in a vote by the community, according to the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. “Thank you to the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty and P&M Rodeo Royalty for presenting the trophy,” Allyson Dunn, of the Apache Junction Chamber of […]

OPINION: Kudos to stagecoach driver at the rodeo grounds

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[UPDATE:] Two injured when horse-drawn stagecoach hit vehicles at Lost Dutchman Days rodeo grounds

[Update: The stagecoach accident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. Feb. 24, Krysta Paffrath, a volunteer with Superstition Mountain Promotional Corp., said in a Feb. 26 press release. “As the Wells Fargo stage was being presented in the arena with dignitaries and representatives of Wells Fargo, the stage horses did not respond to the driver and ran away with the historic stage in tow. The stage made contact with the entrance gate, shearing it off, and the stage proceeded through the rodeo contestant area and towards Lost Dutchman (Boulevard) through the parking lot. The stage came in contact with vehicles, coming to a stop when the right front wheel of the stage lodged in the back tire area of a full-size parked pickup. The collision caused three of the four occupants on the stage to be ejected. The team of horses (was) not injured in the accident. As of today, Feb. 26, one person remains in the hospital. Rodeo Chairman Denny Walter, Apache Junction, received a substantial head injury. He is currently in the trauma unit ICU of Banner Desert Hospital. He is awake and alert following the instructions of his team of doctors as they dictate his path of care. Others injured in the accident have no comment as of the date/time of this release.”]

Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Feb. 23-25 in Apache Junction

The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo, to be held Feb. 23-25 at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd., at Tomahawk Road, is a full eight-event rodeo, with professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. In 2017 entrants received more than $27,500 in prize money. It […]

Lost Dutchman Days Event Center music Feb. 23-25; cowboy church service Sunday

Entertainment at the Event Center during Lost Dutchman Days (there is a $2-per-person charge, with proceeds going to youth charities) is on the Carnival Stage adjacent to the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds at 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd., just east of Idaho Road and west of State Route 88. The official 2018 Lost Dutchman Days […]