Are you a rodeo fan? Maybe you like the thrill of man against beast or lovely ladies riding barrels. Maybe you like watching the rodeo clowns put their lives in danger to protect the cowboys and cowgirls in the arena. Maybe you are just a fan of the whole shebang. Whatever you choose we have the event for you.
The Gaines County Riding Club will be presenting the 3rd Annual Rodeo July 25-26 at the Gaines County Rodeo Grounds located one mile east of town on Hwy. 180 then north one mile on CR 103. The event will be held at 8 p.m. nightly.
Gate admission for the event is $7. Children six and under are free with a paid adult.
UPRA NMRA open $1600. Added money is $200 per event or $100 per team roping. Fees: $85/CR&SW $100/TR $240 enter 2x.
Books will be open starting July 21 from 6-10 p.m. The number to call is (254) 968-4416.
Special events will include money the hard way both nights with cash prize to the winners. Saturday night there be a drawing for a rifle and the rodeo queen will be crowned.
A dance will be held at the arena starting at 10 p.m. with a cost of $5 per person. The band Last Call will be entertaining those in attendance.
A Rodeo Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday starting at the football field parking lot and ending at the arena.
One of the highlights of any local rodeo is the crowning of the Rodeo Queen. There are five local girls running for the honor.
Rodeo Queen candidates are:
Heidi Diaz - She is the daughter of Anna and Mike Diaz.
She attends Seminole High School.
Heidi loves barrel racing, pole bending, break-a-way roping, shooting sports and loves to train barrel and pole horses.
Beverly Fehr - Beverly is thirteen years old and is an eighth grader at Seminole Junior High. She runs track in school and rides at home. She attends Sunday school and church on Sunday and worships the one and only God.
She is the daughter of Pete and Neta Fehr. She has two brothers Layton and Melvin.
She says "I have been around horses most of my life, but they were never very well trained. From that I gained experience with horses that misbehave, making me feel confident and unafraid of horses. I have taught four of my friends how to ride. I haven't competed in rodeos because my horses weren't trained well enough, but now I have one and am working constantly to get him ready.
My goal is to get into high school rodeo and get some scholarships for college. When I grow up I want to become a vet and open a riding academy for adults and children that have mental disabilities, that have injuries and need some kind of therapy, that have a fear of horses or just need a place to ride. I have seen it in movies that riding horses have changed people's lives and I want to do that for someone. I am good with children and like working with people that have disabilities mental or physical. I am willing to work hard and not afraid of getting dirty."
Esstela Friesen - Estella is 12 years old and attends Mennonite School Westside.
She is the daughter of Abram and Patty Friesen.
Esstela loves riding horses and playing softball, baseball and soccer.
Bricia Lira - Bricia was born in Fort Stockton on July 29, 1999. When she was a year old her and her family moved to Seminole where they have lived for the last fourteen years.
She is the daughter of Carl and Patricia Lira. She has three brothers, Quinton, Dustin and Aulton.
Bricia is the proud owner of four horses, three dogs, two cats and a fish.
She is a sophomore at Seminole High School where she is involved in FFA, Student Council, Varsity Softball and Choir. Many of her accomplishments include Reserve Champion for speed events in 4H three years in a row, playoffs with varsity softball as a freshman and State FFA horse judging.
Bricia's goals for the future are to graduate high school and attend Florida State University and major in veterinarian medicine while continuing to rodeo.
Kylie Williamson - Kylie is a 17 year old high school graduate of the class of 2014. She is the daughter of Boyd and Angie Avery, small business owners in Seminole.
Starting in the fall she will be attending South Plains College to study Pre-Veterinary Medicine, achieving her heart's desire to work with animals forever.
She says, "growing up I've always had alove for all animals, but horses have stolen my heart."
Eight year old Hailee Martinez has been named the Honorary Queen for this year's event.
She enjoys dancing, rodeo, bike riding and playing with her toys. Her true passion is riding horses and competing. She enjoys barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, flag racing, tap dance and ballet for Macheilok School of Dance.
Be sure to attend the Gaines County Rodeo and support the riders and competitors as they fight to win the big event and take home the money.