|Big names in bull riding to compete this weekend|
|Friday, 04 June 2010 18:14|
By Amber Hanneken
HUGO — Bull riding begins and ends each night of Hugo’s 49th Annual PRCA Rodeo Friday and Saturday.
The rodeo starts at 8 p.m. tonight and continues again at 8 p.m. Saturday. According to PRCA committee officials, three of the top-ranking Professional Bull Riders will be competing: Mike Lee, Stormy Wing and Douglas Duncan. Three famous bulls will also enter the ring Friday and Saturday night: Doctor Who, Hotwired and Who’s Next, which were all in the 2009 National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
Duncan also joins a list of 2009 NFR bull riding champions, who will be making their appearance over the weekend, officials said, including Corey Navarre, Cody Whitney, Tate Stratton and Clint Craig. Another name to look out for in bull riding is Chance Smart, a two-time world champion runner-up and an NFR qualifier.
Saddlebronc fans will recognize Heith DeMoss this weekend, and the second best bareback horse, Dodge, will be in the pen.
Some familiar faces from southeast Oklahoma will be competing in the team roping event. Nick Rowland, of Antlers, will be up Saturday night with partner Bubba Buckaloo of Kingston, Okla. Also competing Saturday will be NFR qualifer Charles Pogue with Jett Hillman.
The rodeo proves to have something for everyone including entertainment by Soper High School teacher and PRCA rodeo clown Allan Dessel.
Hugo banks will get down and dirty in the arena as they attempt to put panties on a calf for the coveted traveling trophy. Security First National Bank holds the title from 2009.
Expert horseman Jerry Wayne Olson will also be putting on a show. His act has been featured at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The rodeo takes place at Todd Whatley-Lige Hammock Rodeo Arena on North Fifth and Rena Street in Hugo. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Children’s tickets are half price.