Gunstock Ranch Hosts Women’s Rodeo Barrel Racing, Roping

Rodeos will burst out of the pen in the next few weeks, with action in corrals from Laie to Waimanalo sponsored by the Hawaii Women’s Rodeo Association.

Gunstock Ranch will host the Gunstock Winter 4D (four divisions of barrel race and roping) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the ranch, located at 56-250 Kamehameha Hwy. near Laie.

Registration for the competitions starts at 9, followed by exhibition runs, barrel racing (all age categories), girls breakaway roping, team roping of three steers and individual roping.

Rodeo admission is free to the public. For more information, contact Dreama Carroll at

The HWRA also plans two fundraising, gymkhana-like “fun days” in March for members and nonmembers – the first one at 10 a.m. March 2 at Diamond J Ranch in Waianae, and the second one at 10 a.m. March 30 at DK Ranch in Waimanalo. Both events feature a variety of fun races, such as ribbon, baton, match poles, keyhole, flag, egg-and-spoon, lifesaver, sit-a-buck, rawhide, foxand-hound, boot and three-legged races.

Ribbons will be awarded to the first six places, plus an all-around award for the highest points.

The goal is to raise at least $10,000 this year in order to cover the All-Girls Rodeo costs and year-end awards.

For entry fees and more information on HWRA, call 216-7555.