Lonestar Rodeo comes to WKU’s Agricultural Center

Blake Arp of Aragon, GA makes an 80 point ride on a bareback horse to set a high point to beat on the second night of the Lone Star Rodeo in Bowling Green, KY on Feb. 13. Gabriel Scarlett/HERALD

By Gabriel Scarlett


In a packed arena in Bowling Green, buffalo charge from bucking chutes, the Cowboy’s Prayer is recited and the national anthem is sung. 40 rodeos are put on yearly all around the American Southeast by the Lone Star Rodeo Company based out of Crofton. Seasoned competitors travel from all around to ride, rope or wrestle bucking broncs, bulls and calves. For some it is a sport, and for others, it is a way of life.

These folks live on the road, calling no place in particular their home and holding on for what some call “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.” Rodeo attracts audiences from all over, bringing a new wave of youngsters to the sport. Will Taylor, 10 years old, has competed in almost every category open to his age group and broken several bones from hard falls. “You got to be tough,” Taylor said, who later broke a finger riding a mini bronc. However, the danger does not kill his or many others’ love for the great sport of rodeo.