Reed Corder heads rodeo contestants

Melvin rodeo star Reed Corder will be one of many nationally ranked contestants that will compete for prize monies up for grabs in next weekend’s Bull Riding Extravaganza at the G. Rollie White Complex. Scheduled for Saturday night only, the bull riding will be preceeded by a children’s calf riding and mutton bustin’ contest that will give area youth a chance to strut their stuff in the rodeo arena. The bull riding is part of the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. Challenger Series formally known as the Copenhagen Tough Company Tour. It is part of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour which is divided into a multitiered organization. Conceptually, it is similar to baseball’s minor leagues. Event organizer Casey Duggan with Bad Company Rodeo told the Standard-Herald Monday that Melvin’s own Reed Corder has committed to the event as well as ranked riders Royd Doyal, Cory McFadden, Yancy James and Greg Potter. The weekend will also feature a cowboy/sponsor golf tournament at the Brady Golf Course that will give interested persons the opportunity to play a round of golf as part of a group made up of cowboys and area business sponsors. Additional information on the tournament or entries can be made by calling the golf course at 597-6010. Area team ropers will be signing up for two events also scheduled to be held at the rodeo arena. The first event will be Friday, Aug 24 with books opening at 5:30 and closing at 6 p.m. followed by the roping at 6:30 p.m. The Friday roping will be three for $30’#3.5 with a 2.0 cap and entrants must have and show a current USTRC card. The second roping scheduled for Sunday will be an open draw pot, three head progressive after one, enter once, draw three roping. The fee will be $80 per roper and signups begin at 10 a.m. Books close at 10:30 a.m. and the roping begins at 11 a.m. All ropings are cash only and each must enter with a partner. A Saturday night dance will be held immediately following the bull riding featuring the band River West. Box seats are still available for the Saturday night performance and they may be purchased at the chamber of commerce. Box seats include a VIP parking pass, six bull riding tickets, six dance tickets and six passes to the cowboy camp after the performance. For ticket prices or for any additional information, contact the chamber of commerce at 597-3491 or the rodeo office at 915-456-1048.

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