The McPherson Saddle Club Central Plains Rodeo Association Rodeo is coming with a range of events designed to dazzle and entertain spectators June 23 and 24.
The rodeo will include saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and a crowd favorite — bull riding.
"That's the main attraction," said Jake Karl, club president.
A classic challenge for young attendees who want to test their rodeo skills is on the schedule as well.
"This year, we have a new event for the kids — mutton busting," Karl said. "We still have a few spaces open for that."
In mutton busting, children compete to see who can ride a sheep for the longest amount of time. If your child would like to participate, call 620-242-7833 to register them.
Rodeo-goers will have the chance to shop or get a massage.
"We'll have a few more vendors than we did last year," Karl said.
It is due to the support of local businesses that the McPherson Saddle Club is able to put on the rodeo, Karl noted.
Each night of the rodeo will start with a performance set to music by the McPherson Saddle Club Silver Buckle Drill Team.
"People love it," said Claire Jordan, the 14-year-old captain of the McPherson Saddle Club Silver Buckle Drill Team. "It's a lot of fun for the riders as well as the audience."
The drill team will perform a new main routine during the middle of the rodeo.
"We have a brand-new routine that no one has ever seen before," Claire said.
The team has nine riders ranging in age from 12 to 30 years old. They perform tricks such as sitting backwards on their saddles, doing handstands or standing while riding their horses. Claire will be riding her paint horse, Freeman, for each of the routines.
"We do pinwheels and different very fast-paced maneuvers," Claire said. "We get the crowd going and excited to watch the show."
The drill team wears matching outfits and will carry flags to honor breast cancer survivors and military veterans.
"I feel it's a great way to pay homage to the men and women who served and are currently serving our great nation," Karl said. "As president of the Saddle Club and as dad to a rider on the team, I am very proud of the Silver Buckle Drill Team for continuing this tradition over the years by using this opening routine not only at home, but at other rodeos throughout the state."
Some rodeo events originated from historical jobs which have now become an active sport.
"It's a great way for the younger generation to see how some people made a living in the Old West,," Karl said. "If you are a thrill seeker, there is definitely plenty of action."
The McPherson Saddle Club CPRA Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. on June 23 and 24. The rodeo will be held at the McPherson Saddle Club Arena located at the intersection of First and Hickory streets. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children age 5 and under.
"It's good old-fashioned great family entertainment," Karl said. "It's a great way to get the kids out of the house. It's entertainment for everybody — not just adults, but children as well."
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