Thursday, September 11, 2008
Bull-A-Rama Sept. 20 at Northwest arena
Professional cowboys and student athletes will put their skills on the line when they climb on board some of the toughest bucking bulls in the industry when the Ross Motor Company Bull-A-Rama gets underway Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Northwest Mississippi Community College Multipurpose Livestock Arena. These athletes will be hoping for a successful ride and a shot at the prize money.
This 40-head championship bull riding competition has become a fall tradition for the college. Proceeds go to help the men’s and women’s rodeo team with travel expenses in the eight-state Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, according to Coach Lawrence “Bud” Young.
Competing in this event will be professional cowboys, amateurs and student athletes. One Northwest student who plans to enter the competition is sophomore Brad Romedy of Olive Branch.
“Bull riding is 85 to 90 percent mental,” Romedy said. “I’ve been working this summer and haven’t gotten on a lot of bulls, but I’m back now and getting ready.”
He said besides mental preparation, he is getting physically ready by doing sit-ups, push-ups and running.
Announcers for the event will be Randy Mayer of Potts Camp and Shawn Gardenhire of Poteau, Okla.
Admission is $10 at the gate, $8 in advance at the Tate County Co-Op, and children under 6 are admitted free. Other chute sponsors are Memphis Beauty Supply, and Professional Services of Potts Camp. The performance begins at 8 p.m., but spectators are urged to arrive at least 30 minutes early to allow time for parking. For more information on Bull-A-Rama, contact Young at (662) 562-3430.
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