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Rodeo Draws in a Crowd

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.

Residents ride in on horses to kick off the grand entry.

The event was held on the BRT campus beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a cookout provided by Oakdale Baptist Church.

Residents proudly hold their flags during the playing of the national anthem.

A resident brings out the Oklahoma flag.

Horses and riders skillfully trotted around the arena during the grand entry.

“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.”

Hundreds of community members showed their support for BRT on a cloudy September Saturday.

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.

Members of the U.S. Marshall Posse volunteered their time to make the event one-of-a-kind!

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.

The audience intently watches as each rider tries their luck.

Residents had help getting on the steers and were supervised for safety.

The muddy arena proved to be a bit tricky for some riders.


The rodeo was packed with smiling faces!

“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.”


Jennifer Kloeppel, director of BRT’s equine program and the event’s emcee, announces the next rider.

Staying on for 7.11 seconds, the first place winner received a rowdy round of applause and a personalized belt buckle.

The winner of the buck-out beams proudly as his name is called.

Aside from the thrilling buck-out, the audience was also introduced to one of BRT’s barn cats, Tigger.

Tigger the barn cat was a big hit at the rodeo this year.

Residents make their way to the cookout after a long day of steer-riding!

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!

A big thank you to Oakdale Baptist!

BRT Administrator Brent Thackerson speaks with some rodeo-goers during the cookout.

These two boys found a comfy spot to rest in a golf cart!

The event was fun for the whole family!

BRT residents pose with BRT Equine Program Director Jennifer Kloeppel.

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.

For more information about BRT or the rodeo, click here!

See ya next year, cowboys and cowgirls!

Photos and story by Lauren Capraro, OBHC Communications Strategist

One thought on “Rodeo Draws in a Crowd

  1. Jerry Fuller

    I attended BRT rodeo and enjoyed great fellowship and memories especially with Tony Kennedy.
    The rodeo was fantastic and the cook out was delicious .
    Can’t wait till next year!!!

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