Roping highlights start of rodeo events

Tuesday night officially kicks off this year’s Bad Company Rodeo’s Brady tour stop as contestants from across the Heart of Texas compete for bragging rights in the McCulloch County Team Roping Challenge. The first of many events scheduled to give area residents a chance to show their rodeo spirit was held today with Western Day. Following the Tuesday night team roping, Wednesday will have the first three rounds of steer roping and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing that all begins at 5 p.m. at the G. Rollie White Complex. Thursday is an all-day affair at the complex as calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling begin at 8:30 a.m. The evening performance of the rodeo will begin with Mutton Bustin’. Signups will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the KNEL remote trailer at the complex. At 5 p.m. the Wild Ridin’ and Ropin’ will be held with a special section bull riding followed by the finals of the team roping challenge, WPRA barrel racing, PWRA breakaway roping and the second round of calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling. Friday and Saturday rodeo performances begin at 7 p.m. with pre-show activities followed by the rodeo which begins at 8 p.m. A new event that will give the public a chance to interact one-on-one with the cowboys is a trap and sporting clays shoot that will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The event is a fund-raiser sponsored by the McCulloch County 4-H Trap and Skeet Club and will give participants a chance to pair up in a drawpot team competition. Shooters can enter for $20 of which $5 will go into a jackpot for cowboys to win. The other $15 will go to raise funds for the local shooting sports club. For more information on how to register or any additional details on the shoot, contact Tom Sammons at 915-286-4325 or Jack Richardson at 915-243-5227. The rodeo on Saturday night will be followed by a dance featuring Chris Chitsey. It will be held immediately following the evening performance and it will be held in the pavilion at the complex. Advance ticket prices for the rodeo end at 5 p.m. Thursday. Box seats are still available. Tickets for any of the evening performances may be purchased at John’s Western Wear, Lone Star Barbecue, Subway, Pizza Hut and the Chamber of Commerce.

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