Bulls of the PBR to headline Wall Celebration Rodeo
Bull riding fans alike will be in for a treat during the 103rd annual Wall Celebration & Rodeo July 8-10 in Wall, SD. The bulls from the PBR will be showcased as Mark Ward and Vernon Hare of Nebraska bring their world class bucking bulls to the arena. These bulls have been showcased across the nation at many Built Ford Tough PBR events and Challenger events including the PBR Finals in Las Vegas, NV. Ward’s and Hare’s bulls have recently been showcased in Billings, MT, Rapid City, SD and Midland, TX.
New to the line-up of an all-starred rodeo cast is barrelman and rodeo clown Chris “Hodgee” Aman of Caputa, SD. Although new to the barrel, Hodgee is no stranger to the arena. He has worked as a bullfighter and fought many of the largest rodeo’s across the nation. He also is one of the instuctors at the world famous Korkow rodeo school held every year in April.
As many things change, so does half time entertainment as Wilson Rodeo’s proudly features the wild and crazy event of the businessman’s Llama riding. Watch the sponsors and the businessmen and -women of Wall go head-to-head and see which business claims bragging rights as they race their llama to the finish line. Who will win? Maybe Ted Hustead of Wall Drug or Donnie Ravellette of the Pennington County Courant or Jan Wenzel of the Two Bit Steakhouse and Saloon. The championship is definitely up for grabs.
An all-star cast of rodeo athletes take center stage as well up and coming superstars and former World champion cowboys. Thursday, July 8 spectators will see a whopping 20 saddle bronc riders strut their stuff as cowboys such as reigning SDRA champion Cole Hindman take center stage along with Indian World Champions Jermey Meeks, Marty Hebb and Joe Wilson. Young super star and Badlands circuit champion Cole Elshere will aso be there.
On Friday, July 9 the Steer Wrestling will be the place to look as legendary JB Lord and Dean Moncur ride into the back of the box. Friday superstars in the bullriding include recently crowned South Dakota High School champion Travis Scroth and vetern bullrider from Buffalo Justin Brown.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” is the theme for the last and final performance on July 10 as Bareback riders stack high and deep as Weston Garrett, Dustin Luper and Nebraska’s Quentin Shadbolt take center stage along with many more. Pretty girls and fast horses will also be around all week as more than 75 girls compete with names like NFR qualifier Gale Beebe, college champion Joey Painter and local high school standout Mazzey Pauley.
The buck doesn’t stop there as Wilson Rodeo invites six rodeo contractors to perform. Contractors include Twiss Rodeo’s, 3 Mile Creek Bucking Bulls, Vernon Hare, Waln Rodeo’s, Broken Arrow rodeo’s and timed event contractor Jace Melvin. Such stock will include the reigning Indian World Champion Saddlebronc, Firecracker, NRCA bull of the Year, Paddlefoot, and NRCA Saddlebronc of the Year, Cocked and Ready.
Rodeo events or not there’s something for everyone including parades, dances, mud volleyball and much more. Wall is having a celebration and everyone is invited to 103 years of history July 8-10 in Wall, SD. For a complete schedule of events visit http://www.wall-badlands.com.
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the June 19, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News