This year’s Boys Ranch Town (BRT) Rodeo was a success, even with a muddy arena! Rodeo-enthusiasts gathered from across the state to show their support for BRT residents Saturday, September 30 in Edmond.
The event was held on the BRT campus beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a cookout provided by Oakdale Baptist Church.
“We had the biggest turn out of folks that we have ever had for our rodeo,” said BRT Administrator Brent Thackerson. “We had 320 people in attendance.”
BRT residents of all ages provided entertainment for the crowd as they opened with a striking grand entry, complete with a prayer, flag salute and playing of the national anthem. Residents trotted on their horses next to the U.S. Marshall Posse, who volunteered their time at this year’s rodeo.
The main event was the traditional buck-out with 17 residents trying their luck on a bucking steer. Each resident’s face lit up as their steer rushed out of the gate.
The buck-out lived up to its name as residents tried their hardest to stay on for the elusive eight seconds.
“I love seeing family, friends and community come together to support the residents of Boys Ranch Town and their passion for the agriculture programs,” said Jennifer Kloeppel, director of BRT’s Equine Assisted Training Program. “Yes it was a great rodeo, one for the record books.”
Staying on for 7.11 seconds, the first place winner received a rowdy round of applause and a personalized belt buckle.
Aside from the thrilling buck-out, the audience was also introduced to one of BRT’s barn cats, Tigger.
After the buck-out, the community moved over to the cookout. Oakdale Baptist Church generously donated their time and resources to provide a wonderful meal!
While admission was free, donations were accepted and funds raised at the event will go towards helping the residents. BRT is a ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC). The mission of OBHC is to demonstrate God’s love by providing hope through empowering children and their families to follow Christ.
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See ya next year, cowboys and cowgirls!
Photos and story by Lauren Capraro, OBHC Communications Strategist