3 nights of PRCA rodeo excitement going on now

The cowboys are here and the competition has begun. Over 160 teams entered the McCulloch County Team Roping Challenge that began Wednesday evening beginning this week’s organized performances of the Bad Company Rodeo. Some of the top McCulloch teams that competed in the Thursday evening Wild Ridin’and Ropin’ finals include Brady Taylor and Kinney Harrell, Tommy Bierschwale and Kipp Harrell, Keli Harrell and Jerod Martinez, Larry Rogers and Joe Fincher, Dennis Townsend and Jack Andrews, Duane Hogg and Kipp Harrell and Rick Tripp and Joe Fincher. A total of 16 teams from McCulloch and surrounding counties qualified to compete in the finals. Team roping, steer roping and calf roping have begun their rounds of competition and the champion steer roper will be named at the conclusion of this morning’s (Friday) competition. The final round of steer roping will conclude around midday with the awarding of an honorary buckle dedicated to the memory of Fred Baker, the champion steer roper of the 1895 San Angelo rodeo. Baker is the father of Brady resident Marie Baker Pate and the grandfather of Bradyite Penny Pate Williams. The champions in all other classes will be named after their final round performances in the Friday and Saturday evening rodeos. The action will subside Friday afternoon as rodeo organizers regroup and prepare for the big shows on Friday evening. Pre-rodeo activities including the comical Mutton Bustin’ will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by the first performance of the rodeo at 8 p.m. Southern Cross will headline the Friday night dance that will take place immediately after the rodeo. Saturday will have the sponsors and contestants hitting the links for a sponsor/cowboy golf tournament at the Brady golf course and the second performance of the rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. following pre-show activities. Tickets and box seats are still available for the Friday and Saturday night rodeo performances. Advanced ticket sales ceased at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For more ticket information, call 915-456-1048.

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