LYMAN — Valley rancher Wes Lupher has been tapped as the grand marshal for the 2018 Pioneer Days rodeos.
The theme for this year’s rodeos is “Keeping Traditions Alive,” and it is fitting Lupher was selected as he works to maintain traditions as he continues to operate his ranch, according to Rodeo chairman Joe Hickey. He said Lupher was selected “because nobody represents us more. Wes raises Shire workhorses…and Wes actually ranches with them.”
Lupher uses the workhorses to maintain the tradition even though he also uses more modern equipment in his operation. But, according to Hickey, Lupher uses his horses “all the time” and uses them to feed his livestock, in the field for irrigation and spreading manure and dragging his meadows.
Lupher also has “breeding stock, bulls and cows” on his ranch, Hickey said.
Lupher and his wife, Becky, have four children: Stormy, Logan, Madison and Hannah.