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By LuAnn Schindler

Rodeo riders include Ewing on route


August 1, 2019

Jenna Hemenway | SAM

Rodeo promoters • Jerry Stewart and BJ Robinson, of Ponca, spent the evening in Ewing, July 24. The pair guided a team of horses and buggy from Ponca to Burwell, promoting the Days of '56 rodeo.

There was a flurry of activity at Ewing's rodeo arena, July 24.

While cowboys had horses and a mule in tow, B.J. Robinson and Jerry Stewart, of Ponca, used the area as a campground instead of practicing team roping skills.

The two are chairman of Ponca's Days of '56 rodeo and were en route to Burwell for Nebraska's Big Rodeo.

Robinson and Stewart covered approximately 35 miles per day. They left Ponca July 22.

Plans were to arrive in Burwell Friday evening, in time to promote Ponca's 51st rodeo.

While this was their first adventure, two committee members made the same trip in 1967.

"Those two guys are still on the committee," Robinson said. "We decided to experience this torture ourselves."

"We want to want to keep the legacy going," Stewart said.

Both said they have met a lot of nice people during the trip and have been interviewed several times along the way."

"Now we are 'small town famous.'"

Instead of moseying home, the pair loaded the horses and wagon and intended to drive the speed limit.


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