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02.11.SPORTS.RodeoTime to shine up that belt buckle, and get your spurs on. The Wild Pro Rodeo is coming to the Jackson County Expo May 28—30. From the mutton bustin’ to barrel racing to bull riding, everyone has the chance to get bucked off of something at this event. The only folks planning to stay on their horses the entire time is the McMillan Family Trick Riders, who will be performing every evening.

For those who aren’t aware, mutton bustin’ is where kids aged five to eight weighing less than 65 pounds get a chance to ride a sheep. With a helmet, of course.

After getting your fill of woman-power watching ladies and their horses race the clock at breakneck speeds around barrels, why not watch a cowboy hang onto a 2,000-pound animal for dear life?

The Expo is sacred ground for bull riding. The world’s only 100-point bull ride was accomplished at the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo in 1991 by Wade Leslie on a bull named Wolfman Skoal.

In professional bull riding, the rider and the bull have equal opportunity to earn points on a scale of zero to 50. The final ride score amounts from zero to 100. This is calculated by four judges rating each rider and each bull on a scale of one to 25, those points added together and dividing the score in half for the rider and bull separately. And of course, a ride cannot qualify unless it lasts eight seconds.

Now that you know the rules, if you’ve got your eye on a certain cowboy, test his rodeo skill out on the mechanical bull at the Rogue Saloon after-party going on every night after the competition, complete with live music. Friday’s afterparty will feature Whiskey Weekend, and Saturday’s will be Scott Perry.

Wild Pro Rodeo

May 28—30

Thurs.—Sat., 7 pm

Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point



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