The River Rescue Rodeo was held on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro, NC, September 29th 2013. Teams of five came to compete from as far away as Ohio, although most of the teams were regional. A number of local volunteers and Landmark Learning instructors supported the event as judges and victims throughout the day.
Events included hands on rescue and medical scenarios, boat and equipment rescues, throw rope competitions, and a knot-tying rodeo. The event started at 9am with the closing and awards ceremony completing near 2pm. This was a fun filled event with very active participants.
Our winning teams took home over $1000.00 worth of prizes and materials. Taking first place by a small margin was Western Carolina University, followed by the Cincinnati Paddlers and finishing strong as third was Warren Wilson College. All of the teams left with small sponsor gifts and gear from the silent auction.
The best aspect of the whole event was the comradery, fun and lessons learned from the day’s activities! Dates for 2014 will be set soon with registration opening in the late winter.
Special thanks go out to our event sponsors: Landmark Learning, Dillsboro River Company, Duke Energy, Northwest River Supply, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, Carolina West Sports Medicine, Andy Shaw Ford, Astral Buoyancy, Possumdog Productions, World Kayak, and El Pacifico Mexican Restaurant.