Wild Wild East: Mexican-style rodeo planned for Baiting Hollow

A rodeo is planned for May 28 on a farm in Baiting Hollow, as depicted in Spanish language posters advertising the event.
A rodeo is planned for May 29 on a farm in Baiting Hollow, as depicted in Spanish language posters advertising the event.

A rodeo featuring bull riding, live music, Latin food and children’s games is being planned for next month on a farm in Baiting Hollow.

Emma Saldierna and Edgar Morales, both from East Quogue, have applied to Riverhead Town to hold the rodeo May 29 at Gold Rush Farms, a 48-acre farm at the corner of Sound and Oakleigh avenues.

Advertisements for the event, which is being promoted under the name Morales Friesians, are in Spanish and label the event a “Jaripeo” — a form of rodeo that involves bull riding and is popular in Mexico, according to Ms. Saldierna, who sent the News-Review an English version of the flier.
Ms. Saldierna said she and Mr. Morales are horse trainers and have organized rodeo events before in other areas. She said they chose the Baiting Hollow site because Mr. Morales has worked with Gold Rush Farms, which also runs a horse rescue program.

The posters say that the best bulls from the Rancho Tres Potrillos of Jose Campos in Delaware will be featured, along with food, face painting, games, a mechanical bull, pony rides, several musical acts and the election of a rodeo queen.

The event is scheduled to run from noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and a rain date set for June 5. Seven musical acts are slated to perform.

The Town Board has not yet taken any action on the application, which seeks a special event permit. And Supervisor Sean Walter said there wasn’t a vote scheduled for Wednesday night’s Town Board meeting.

Mr. Walter said the town attorney’s office indicated that additional information is needed on the application.
Rex Farr, president of the Greater Calverton Civic Association, said he had not heard anything about the proposed rodeo.

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