It’s Rodeo Time in Pike County – The Troy Messenger

It’s rodeo time in Pike County

Posted 6:41 PM on Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Cattleman Park road sign is flashing, so it’s a good sign that it’s rodeo time in Pike County.

The 30th Annual Pike County Cattlemen’s Professional Cowboy Association Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 26-27 at Cattleman Park. And, it promises to be even better than the best, said BB Palmer, president of publicity for Pike County Cattlemen.

“This year’s rodeo will be the combination of two professional rodeo associations, the National Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association (NCPRA) and the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA),” Palmer said. “The combination with the IPRA will give the Pike County Cowboys Professional Rodeo the opportunity to have more competitors; therefore, a bigger and more exciting rodeo. And, it will also be an opportunity to have international cowboys compete. The Cattlemen are excited about the opportunities that come with a combo rodeo. It will be good for rodeo and add fun and excitement for rodeo fans.

The Pike County Ranchers Professional Rodeo will feature the eight most exciting rodeo events with a twist.

“We will have the usual fan-favorite events including bareback bronc riding, tie-down, breakaway rope, team rope, women’s barrel race, steer wrestling and the bull riding,” Palmer said. “And, we’re going to have something different this year. We are going to replace saddle bronc riding with ranch bronc riding.

Palmer said the difference is that saddle riding requires the cowboy to keep one hand up at all times.

“In saddle horse riding, the cowboy cannot touch the saddle, the horse, even his hat. If he does, he’s disqualified,” Palmer said. “But, in ranch bronc riding, the cowboy can hold on to almost anything he can get his hands on – the saddle, the saddle horn. He can even hold the saddle horn with two hands, which makes rides longer and more exciting for rodeo fans.

The Pike County Cattlemen are proud to bring back famous rodeo announcer, Clint German,

“Clint is a great announcer and we’re lucky to be able to get him back,” Palmer said. “He knows rodeo very well and makes rodeo fun and entertaining. Clint announces on horseback that he is therefore in the arena and there with all the action. At this time, we are not ready to announce the clown for our 30th Annual Pike County Breeders Professional Rodeo, but, for sure, we will have a great clown that will bring fun and laughs to all ages.

Tickets for the 2022 Pike County Cattlemen’s Professional Cowboy Rodeo are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Advance tickets are available at Don Walker’s Western Wear, Troy Bank & Trust Main Branch in Troy, Piggly Wiggly in Brundidge and Banks Buy Rite at banks. Advance tickets are also available on the Pike County Cattlemen Facebook page.

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