is rodeo queen
Soon-to-be Grangeville High School freshman Lizz Forsmann will carry on a family tradition this July.
Forsmann, 14, will ride in the Winchester rodeo as its queen. One of the original founders of the rodeo was her grandfather, the late Walt Webber.
“It has been a lot of fun and I wanted to do it because it was special to my grandpa,” Forsmann said. Her grandma Edna Webber will be there to cheer her on.
The daughter of Eric and Joyce Forsmann will also ride a horse that belonged to her grandpa Webber. She has had her Quarter horse mare, Bridget, since her grandpa gave her the horse.
“She’s 16 now and I was 4 when I got her,” Forsmann said
Forsmann completed through the eighth grade at Sts. Peter and Paul School. She has been involved in the 4-H clubs Barnyard Beastiles and Hold Your Horses for several years and enjoys all sports. She is a member of the Cottonwood Riding Club as well.
Forsmann, who has six brothers and one sister, will compete in barrels in the rodeo on July 2 and 3 and will also represent the rodeo --- themed “Arena in the Pines” – during the Winchester Days parade July 2.
Movie to film in area
This year at the Winchester Open Rodeo in Winchester and the Clearwater Valley Round-up in Kamiah, you can be part of boxing/rodeo history.
A German film company is creating a movie for German State TV (similar to our PBS) entitled, “RODEOBOXER”. The film chronicles the true story of Steffen Mueller, a poor brick layer from Germany. Mueller’s bank is about to call in his loan, but a friend and boxing enthusiast who works at the bank, has an idea. The friend tells the amateur boxer that he could make a lot of money fighting in matches at American Rodeos. Steffen comes to America and spends 8 months of the year travelling the rodeo circuits and sending money back home to Germany.
The German film company chose Winchester and Kamiah as filming locations based on a recommendation. Film crew member, Elke Thye, spent time in Nezperce, ID as an exchange student over 30 years ago. When the film’s director told her the story line, she stated, “I know a place where to go”. The crew has scouted both locations and will be filming in Kamiah on June 25-26 and in Winchester July 2-3. The actual boxing match for the film will be held on Sunday, July 3rd at the Arena in the Pines in Winchester. The boxing match will start at 11 am and the public is invited to attend. Arrive early and enjoy the great food and atmosphere, grab a bleacher seat and you may even end up being in the movie!