Rolling Hills Rodeo Association
~ A Family Tradition ~
In the late 90's, Sharon Hannas and Kellee Whipple orchestrated a family playday centered around various rodeo events. In a conversation between the two, Kellee talked about her involvement in an group where she was from in Idaho. It was a place where each member of the family could compete in various rodeo events, excluding rough stock, in one place on the same day. They thought the idea for a family-oriented event like that would be well received in the area of the Palouse so they both decided to pursue the idea. The first rodeo was held at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax, WA in May of 1999 with competitors of all ages. There were three more rodeos that year, forming a series where competitors could earn points for year-end awards. The participation grew with each rodeo and eventually the events moved around to several different towns in the area.
Following many years of fun & participation an official organization was later created to continue the tradition in a more formal way. Rolling Hills Rodeo Association, was formed with the vision of creating a non-profit family rodeo association where the family atmosphere remained and a strong focus on growth and safety would remain while allowing for business sponsors to advertise and support the membership the help the continuation of the western way of life & "A Family Tradition!