Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Russell Feed, launch hay drive for neglected animals
Stockyards Championship Rodeo is teaming with Russell Feed to launch a Hay Drive to benefit the nonprofit Ranch Hand Rescue and abandoned or neglected ranch animals.
A portion of ticket proceeds from Friday night’s (Sept. 23) rodeo will benefit Ranch Hand Rescue, and volunteers will be passing the “bucket” in the audience seeking cash donations. The rodeo, in the Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., also will be taking in hay donations all day long Friday, said Nate Krieger, the rodeo’s marketing director.
Krieger said the drive “will be the first of many” to benefit Ranch Hand Rescue. He noted hay prices have skyrocketed in recent months.
The idea for the drive came from a fan on the rodeo's Facebook page.
“With the drought and wildfire on top of that, there just isn’t anything growing here in Texas,” he said. Adding in the cost of transporting hay here from states such as Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico, he said prices have “tripled to quadrupled just in the last six months.”