Saddle Up

Saddle Up

A spot in the coveted Wrangler National Finals is up for grabs when the world’s toughest athletes compete in the Maverick International Appreciation for Industry PRCA Pro Rodeo slated for two nights at the Nutty Outdoor Arena (18291 Englin Road) in Winnie on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9.

The top cowboys and cowgirls will compete for cash prizes in several categories including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronco riding, calf and team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Stick around after the rodeo each night to hear live music from Glen Templeton on Friday and Stoney LaRue on Saturday.

From Alabama, Templeton has one national full-length album titled Let Her Go and has three radio hits: “I Could Be the One,” “Sing That Song Again” and his latest, “Hip to Be Country.”

Templeton was handpicked by Conway Twitty’s daughters to portray Conway in the touring musical tribute to their father in 2008.

“One of the biggest thrills of my life was performing the inaugural show of the musical,” explains Templeton. “It was like getting a chance to literally walk in the shoes of one of my musical heroes.”

Templeton has crisscrossed the country, playing events such as the ACM’s All-Star Jam, Country Jam USA and Cheyenne Frontier Days, in addition to his sold-out shows in Beaumont at the Back Yard Dance Hall.

LaRue, a legend in the “Red Dirt” scene, has sold over a million records in his career and plays over 200 plus shows a year. After 15 years of touring, LaRue has built up an incredibly loyal fan base, and his last record, Us Time, is a set list of songs dedicated to them.

But first, the rodeo

The country’s finest livestock will challenge the cowboys on the dirt. The two-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year — Beaumont’s own Frontier Rodeo Company — will supply livestock for the Appreciation for Industry PRCA Pro Rodeo.

Frontier Rodeo is also the home of Medicine Woman, 2015-16 PRCA Saddle Bronc Worlds Champion, and Full Baggage, the 2015 PRCA Bare Back Horse of the National Finals.

Legendary eight-time bull riding world champion Don Gay will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Known as “Donnie,” Gay is the greatest rodeo cowboy of modern times. He was elected to the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979 after winning an unprecedented eight PRCA world titles. Gay is currently regarded as the preeminent rodeo analyst of and serves as color analyst of nationally televised rodeo programming.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 2-12) and can be purchased online at Two-day tickets are $25.

A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas. The 100 Club is a nonprofit that provides financial and emotional support to families of fallen officers and firefighters.

Make it a family fun day at the fully air-conditioned Elise’s Family Fun Center, adjacent to the outdoor arena. Admission is only $5 with every purchased rodeo ticket.

The rodeo will begin each night at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (800) 541-6090.