To the delight of thrilled audiences and rodeo fans, some of the nation’s most skilled and entertaining Black cowboys and cowgirls will ride into your city to compete in the nation’s only touring Black rodeo competition—the thrilling Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR). Celebrating its 32nd year.
AUGUST 3, 2013 CONYERS Kanesha Jackson of Hempstead TX, leaves the arena after participating in the Ladies Steer Undecoratin event. The Bill Pickett Rodeo comes to the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers for two shows Saturday and Sunday August 3 & 4. The rodeo features about 30 competitors trying for parts of a $10,000 purse. Events include bareback riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, ladies steer undecorating, ladies barrel racing, junior barrel racing and bull riding. It's named for William "Bill" Pickett, a Black cowboy famous around 1900 in the Oklahoma and Texas area. He's credited for inventing "bull doggin, " where the dogger wrestles the steer to the ground making sure that the steer is lying flat on its side with all four feet and head in the same direction.The Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund ("BPMSF") strongly supports education and benefits youth each year by providing scholarships to Black high school and college students involved or interested in pursuing careers in Rodeo or animal Science. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM