That’s right. The 47th Annual IPRA & IFR is here, and the festivities don’t stop until Sunday. Starting on the 11th with the Miss Rodeo USA 2009 Pageant and ending with the final rodeo performances and the IPRA World Championship Awards Banquet at the Biltmore Hotel on the 18th. As always, the IFR Western Trade Show will get going on Friday at 6:00p and runs through Sunday, so get out there and see all the great merchandise. I have a feeling you might find something great.
Anyway, round up the family and hit the fairgrounds this week. We’ve linked to the official schedule on the IFR home page, and believe me, there’s plenty to do. So go catch your favorite rodeo starsand see them prove that they’re some of the toughest athletes on the planet, yet again.
Check their website for all the dates and times. Starting at 11:00a on Saturday the 17th, OG&E’s Kid Day will offer lots of great activities including contests, autograph sessions, roping instruction, or you can even see how to make a genuine cowboy hat. All activities at Kids’ Day are free, and most of them are even educational. So come down to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds this week and get in on the excitement.
Hey, I hope things are good back in Langston’s country. The hot weather gives me the opportunity to make a decision and travel with the geese. I head to Canada in the summer.
After the PBRs and a small break, I started my rodeo run in Lindsay, Ontario for Rawhide Rodeo Co. They have had numerous bucking animal awards and put on the second largest rodeo in Canada, the Western Festival de St.Tite. I enjoy rodeoing here. The sport doesn’t have much tradition here so the people are very excited to see a bullfighter perform.
Last year we had a rodeo in St. Andre, Ontario. We bucked a new bull and threw the cowboy off early in the ride. I felt like I needed to see his “bull” qualities better so I went to fight him. He introduced himself in a typical bull manner. He put his foot in my head and pushed 5 ribs out of place. It made for a few rough weeks after that. I had a friend stitch me up with fishing line and a saddle-sewing needle. A chiropractor helped with the rib cage but I had to fight for a few weeks ‘til I could get to one. The new bull, whom I see all the time now, received a new name, “James Bond”, because of my last name. I think Rawhide Rodeo Company seen some humor in this.
It’s been a great season so far and I am looking forward to getting in to Langston’s to pick up a couple of cowboy hats. In the meantime, one more rodeo in Ontario and a PCB bull riding in St. Charles, IL on my way to protect America’s future in Farmington, NM at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Hi there, Langstonsblog.com readers. It’s a great pleasure to be the very first Guest Blogger in the history of the Langston’s Blog.
My name is Paul Bonds. I have been fighting bulls for eighteen years. I am 34 years old and have a fifteen-year old son named Shane. He gets to rodeo with me in the summer.
Fitness is an important part of my life. When I am not fighting, I am racing my bicycle for the Oklahoma City Velo Club. Rodeo has left me the available time to get in shape, which is extremely important for my job. I have always thought that if I take care of my body, it will take care of me.
In the winter, I fight the Super Bull Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour PBR. This year I got to fight in the Memphis Grizzlies’ building as well as the home of the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (PA) Penguins, the minor-league affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. (Editor’s note: GREAT Season, Pens!) The latter building left me with a few bumps: One of Sonny Smith’s bulls had Dan Henricks on his back. Dan rode him for 82 points, and it was my job to get the bull’s attention after the buzzer went off. I went in a little too slow and the bull picked me up and polished the bucking shoots with my back. A broken rib wasn’t too bad to get out of it, I just needed to get back my breath, and back to work I went.
I am looking forward to being a regular guest blogger for langstonsblog.com. Check back every couple of months or so for more bull fighting stories from the road.
When it comes to Oklahoma weather, you can never be sure what you’re going to get. The forecast for this past Saturday was for freezing temperatures and icy wetness, which would have kept folks at home in front of the fireplace. But somehow the weather decided to cooperate with our PBR in-store autograph session, and the turnout was great! With top PBR bull riders like Justin McBride and Brandon Clark and top bull fighters including Frank Newsom, the event was truly memorable. With photo ops, autographs, and live music courtesy of Sons of the Sage, Saturday was a great time for all rodeo and bull riding fans. And a special congratulations to our VIP winners (you know who you are).
It’s finally here. The Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies hits the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City tonight. You won’t want to miss this year’s event with some of the best bull riders and bullfighters in the world.
There are some changes to note: A matinée session has been added on Saturday at Noon. Because of this, the Dickies bullfighters will be at our Saturday autograph session earlier that morning. The bull riders are still scheduled for 11am – 1pm, but the bull fighters will have to take off early for the matinée event. The good news is that this should give everyone easier access to both bullfighters and bull riders, so you’ll be sure to meet all the great PBR talent face to face.
And, of course, there’ll still be the big drawing for free VIP tickets to Saturday night’s event. Plus, the winner will get a limo ride to the event and dinner in bricktown! You can’t beat that. It’s going to be a rockin’ rowdy weekend in Oklahoma City!
The Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies is coming to downtown Oklahoma City February 15 – Feb 17. The three day event will be held at the Ford Center arena located at 100 West Reno. This is one of the top bull riding competitions in the world, let alone in the PBR. The best of the best will be on hand and it should be another great event for bull riding and rodeo fans in general.
To celebrate, we’re going to have a special two hour autograph signing event at our flagship store in Stockyards City featuring some of the best bullriders in the business. From 11am to 1pm on February 16th you can come by the store and meet your favorite contenders in this years event face to face. On hand will be PBR world champion Justin McBride, Sean Willingham, Mike Lee, L J Jenkins, Brendan Clark, and Ross Coleman, as well as other top bullriders competing in the toughest sport on dirt.
And if that’s not enough, we’ll be having a drawing for two VIP tickets to Saturday night’s session, including dinner for two in Bricktown and a limo ride to the event. Registration for the drawing will begin Thursday, February 7th at all of our metro area locations. The drawing will be held at Noon during the autograph event. You must be present to win. Prize packages compliments of Rocky Boots and Langston’s.
It’s true–come in to any of our four metro area locations and, with your purchase of any Cowboy Cut or 20X products by Wrangler, you will receive a voucher for a free single-session ticket to the International Finals Rodeo at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena. Tickets are only good for the 7:30pm session on either Thursday, Jan. 17 or Friday, Jan. 18. To get the best seats available, redeem your voucher at the State Fair Arena box office as soon as possible. Vouchers cannot be sold, redeemed for cash, or used to upgrade your ticket. So come get some new duds and enjoy a night of Championship rodeo performed by the best in the land, courtesy of Wrangler and Langston’s Western Wear.
When it comes to professional rodeo and its gritty athletes who compete year-round, it isn’t about the fame or the money. You see, in rodeo it’s about great fans and great big belt buckles. This year’s upcoming International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City has come up with a very fitting theme for the festivities. Dubbed “It’s About the Buckle” in reference to their Championship belt buckles, which are awarded in lieu of standard trophies, competitions will take place from January 14-19 at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena. IFR 38 will feature four nights of championship rodeo performances, starting Thursday, January 17, and wrapping up with afternoon and evening performances on Saturday, January 19.
With events starting the afternoon of Monday the 14th, all the way through the championship awards the following Sunday night, there’s a little something for everyone, including plenty of chances to win cash, prizes, and to even help make a difference. The IFR’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer kicks off Thursday night, with doors opening at Be one of the first 500 people through the door, and you will receive a pink foam cowboy hat from the Oklahoman and IFR 38, which sounds like reason enough to attend, if you ask me. Other prizes will be given away as well, including two $100 gas cards from Love’s Country Store.
With constant events, shopping, great prizes, and the opportunity to support a terrific cause, IFR 38 will surely be one to remember. Single session tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-511-1552 or online at www.tickets.com. For All Session tickets, call (918) 825-1783, or call the IPRA Office at (405) 235-6540. Event times and participants are available on the websites of the IFR and the IPRA, respectively.
Be sure to visit us at our flagship store in Oklahoma City’s historic StockyardsCity. See below for directions from the State Fair Arena.