The Annual Bill Hoy Kiwanis Rodeo
is coming to Clarksville, Tennessee this weekend at the 4H Pavillion on Rossview Rd. at Exit 8 of Interstate 24. This will make the 31st year the show has delighted the residents of Clarksville and the surrounding area. This is nationally-sanctioned PRCA event, which brings national rodeo competitors to compete for cash prizes. Check out all the events and entertainment!
There will be Bareback Riding
Cowboy ride with no rein or saddle using a leather rigging, much like a suitcase handle. The rules dictate what the cowboy can or cannot do. Cowboys cannot touch the horse with their free hand and will lean way back onto the haunches of the horse for position. The mark out rule is in effect –they must have their spurs set above the shoulders when the horse jumps out of the chute or they will be disqualified. The cowboys strives for an 8 second ride. This all sounds complicated to me.
Exciting Steer Wrestling
This is a timed event competing against the clock and other cowboys. Steer Wrestling requires great strength. From the box the wrestler catches up to the steer with help from his hazer another riding cowboy offering assistance. The wrestler's goal is to jump off his horse and grabs the steer, turning it flat on on the ground in the dirt. This completes the run. it only takes seconds.j
See the Team Roping
This is the only team event. Two cowboys (known as the header and the heeler) work together to rope the horns and the back feet of a steer. The fastest team wins. There are penalty seconds added to the time if both back legs are not roped or if they break the barrier strip the head.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Cowboys use a long hack rein, attached to a halter on the horse’s head. Saddle bronc riding is more about timing and finesse. Riders must stay of for 8 seconds holding their boots over the horses shoulder at the first jump from the chute. He must lift on the hack rein to keep his seat in the saddle.
Tie-Down Roping is a Tradition
Riders leave the box and the calf is released. The cowboy must rope it and then dismount. He quickly gets to the calf's side and lays it on its side, called flanking. He must tie up 3 of the calf’s legs then the cowboy raises his hands and the clock stops. Then the cowboy remounts his horse, leaves slack in the rope waiting 6 seconds to see if the calf struggles free. if the calf gets free the cowboy gets no time.
Barrel Racing is Such Fun
This is a timed rodeo event. Cowgirls race around a cloverleaf pattern of 3 barrels. The riders enter at full speed rounding each barrel. The rider.with the shortest amount of time to complete is the winner. If a rider knocks over a barrel, there is a 5-second penalty.
Lots of Bull Riding
This is scary to watch. Riders must ride one-handed, holding onto the a braided rope with a cowbell attached but cannot touch the bull with their free hand. Bull Riding is the most dangerous of all the rodeo events. The cowbell weighs the rope down allowing it to fall off of the bull when the ride is complete.
Clown and Barrelman
Of course there will be clowns and antics you will not want to miss.
This Kiwanis Rodeo is family-friendly. There are activities that will interest all ages.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $20 at the door. Children are $12. Advanced tickets are available at local retailers.There is also free parking at the pavilion. Events are Friday night and all day Saturday.
Wendy’s of Clarksville is again sponsoring free Friday night kids tickets for this year’s Rodeo. To get yours visit participating Wendy’s location for details. Tickets are limited to the first 1000. Purchase of certain combos is required.
This information is provided by The Real Debbie Reynolds of Clarksville TN at 931-320-6730.