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ABC Rodeo Brings Fun Family Entertainment To Lubbock

April 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Some tough people were in Lubbock this past weekend, looking for a chance to win money in an entertaining venue.

The 67th Annual ABC Rodeo kicked-off in Lubbock on Thursday.  Three shows were held in the City Bank Coliseum, with a finale on Saturday night.

rodeo_300Casey Stirling, a professional bull rider from Rapids City, S.D., said he has been riding bulls for 16 years – even though he knows the associated risks.

“You have to be stupid to do it,” Stirling said, with a smile. “All you’re doing is beating your body up day after day.”

Stirling said he focuses on mental and physical preparation before each rodeo performance.  He said he researches the bulls he rides the same way a football player researches football plays.

“It takes a lot of mental work and a good head on your shoulders,” Stirling said. “You have to take care of your body and stretch each day.”

Stirling said he first rode a bull at 7-years-old, following in the steps of his father, who is a professional bull rider.  Even though his rodeo experience involves a few injuries, Stirling said he is still willing to ride.

“At the end of the day winning takes a lot of the pain away,” Stirling said.

The rodeo offered family entertainment, shopping, and the opportunity to give back to a local organization.

Mike Redeker, past chairman of the ABC Rodeo, said proceeds from the rodeo go to the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club.

“Over the last 67 years we have raised over $1 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock,” Redeker said.

Redeker said, for the organizing committee, the rodeo is a weekend-long commitment that involves organizing events, bringing in dirt for the rodeo and helping with setup.  On Saturday, Lubbock Boys and Girls Club members were on hand to eat hamburgers and watch the events.

Redeker said rodeo events such as bull riding, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing are popular events for the audience to watch.  “Muttin Bustin,” an event where children ride sheep, was a highlight for some audience members.

Anita Wright, a rodeo spectator from Anton, Texas, said she likes the rodeo because of the family entertainment.

“I’ve been coming for probably the last 35 years,” Wright said. “I like to watch the bronc riding and bull riding.”

Besides the rodeo events, Wright said she enjoys looking at the booths staffed by local vendors.

“Even though I come to watch the entertainment, I do end up shopping in the end,” Wright said.

Chance Barkley, a salesman for Flint Hat and Boot Shop, said the shop hosts a booth to promote its business to Lubbock and surrounding communities.

“We’re out here to try to drum up some business,” Barkley said. “The rodeo brings a lot of people from surrounding communities to Lubbock.  We even had some people come through that were from Canada.”

Steve Brown, a rodeo spectator from Vernon, Texas, said a rodeo brings professional events to communities that usually do not see many.

“In a smaller community, rodeos bring a professional sport to people who usually do not get to see one,” said Brown, an experienced rodeo organizer.

Also a spectator, Brown said he likes to bring his family to the rodeo, especially his granddaughter.

“She likes to run around and look at the horses,” Brown said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.”

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