Rangers Rodeo draws six reigning world champions
Southwest Oklahoma rodeo fans will see plenty of big-name contestants at the 81st Annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo but there just won’t be as many of them as the busy Fourth of July season seems to have taken a toll on the competitors.
The best news is that six reigning world champions have entered the Rangers Rodeo including the hottest bull rider on the planet, Sage Kimzey, who is chasing his sixth straight Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world championship.
Other world champions that have entered are bareback bronc riding world champion Tim O’Connell, saddle bronc champion Wade Sundell, calf roping world champion Caleb Smidt, steer wrestling champion Tyler Wagespack and team roping header Clay Smith.
However, with just 363 entries, the purse will be lower than it has been since 2011 and because there are just 59 tie-down ropers and 43 steer wrestlers, those two events will more than likely feature a two-header, meaning the contestants will make two runs and that sometimes forces schedule changes for cowboys as they chase money at richer rodeos in the region.
On the positive side, there will be a chance for re-entries to be made on Aug. 1 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and that could boost the numbers in all events.