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Bronc riding is the classic event in rodeo, and it will be a major part of the inaugural Claremore’s Extreme Roughstock on Nov. 4. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

CLAREMORE, Okla. – It’s the match-ups that oftentimes make up the best story lines for cowboys who ride bucking horses and bulls for a living.

There will be some outstanding ones at Claremore’s Extreme Roughstock presented by the Kubota Center of Oklahoma, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov 4, at the Claremore Expo Center. The event, which benefits the Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, will feature some of the best athletes in the sport.

Not all of them are the cowboys.

“It’s an honor to be part of the contractors that are coming,” said Cody May, who is with Lightning C Cattle Co., a Claremore bull company who has had several award-winners among its herd. “We will be joining some of these other contractors that have had animals selected to the NFR several times.

“It’s an elite thing. Not everybody gets to take their bulls to this event. I’m expecting some great things out of this event.”

Lightning C will be joined by three other top contractors: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, Big Rafter Rodeo and bull specialist Scott Burruss. All have had their animals at the National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale.

The mix of those contractors will make each ride a spectacle. With each ride being judged on a 100-point scale, half the score comes from the animal, and the other half comes from the rider. When the two are in sync, it makes for a wild night.

“I like to see our bulls ridden for a lot of points,” May said. “It makes me think I’m doing my job well, especially if the score is 90 points or above. But you also want to test the cowboys, so you’re going to see some big buckoffs, too. That’s just part of the game.

“To me, I want to see guys win rounds, win the world titles on my bulls.”

That’s why organizer David Petty is bringing in so many livestock producers. He knows the more top-quality animals that are in the mix, the better the action is going to be. It’s attractive to the cowboys and to the fans alike.

“We wanted to focus on the bronc riding and bull riding, because they are cornerstone events in rodeo,” Petty said. “These animals that will be in Claremore will be the best of the best, and that’s exciting.”

Yes, it is.


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