The action at the Wichita County Mounted Patrol Rodeo was hot Thursday night and with each pass through the arena, it helped bring in funds for some of the tiniest members of Texoma.
Organizers also used opening night of the event to honor those who defend our freedom and area first responders.
When dirt starts flying and broncs start bucking, you will often find Irwin and Bobby Rogers in the stands.
“I usually come to the rodeo every year,” Air Force Veteran Irwin Rogers.
He wouldn’t miss the opportunity to join many others, who are still serving.
“I don’t think most veterans or even our active duty are appreciated enough,” Rogers said. “So when they do something fo us it makes me feel better.”
Each year gratitude is shown by Wichita County Mounted Patrol.
In the form of free admission through the gates at the rodeo on opening night and some of the event’s organizers are even first responders.
“We are really happy to be able to give back to our first responders and our military,” WCMP Board Member Devah Scholl. “Obviously we are a military community so we love our military and we want to make sure we appreciate them.”
Organizers say all who come out are in for the traditional rodeo events and a special treat for the second year in a row.
Scholl: “We have the ladies come from all over the U.S. and Canada to ride ranch bronc here in our arena so that’s a ton of fun and excitement.”
So is watching cowboys wrestle steers to the ground, but perhaps those most excited are the patients who will receive services thanks to the generosity of perfect strangers.
Scholl: “We’ve given, over the years, over $35,000 to CMN at United Regional, so it’s important that we are helping out our community with our rodeo.”
They do that, all while giving those who still wear the uniform some time to enjoy a true American tradition.
Rogers: “I appreciate them, I think they chose a hard path to go, but if they can stick it out, it’s worth it.”
Take it from someone who served the stars and stripes for more than 20 years and is thankful himself that the WCMP each and every year ensures it is heard loud and clear, we are a grateful community.
The rodeo continues Friday and Saturday night, starting at 7:30 pm.
If you grab tickets at Cavenders and the Browse Shop for $8 in advance or they will cost you $10 at the gate. Children 6 and under get in for free.
CMN volunteers will also be out passing buckets, they sure hope you will drop a few dollars in!
For more information on the Wichita County Mounted Patrol, click here