Selma to host second rodeo
After a successful first showing, Jimmy and Pam Boswell announced this week a second rodeo will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Dallas County Horse Arena in Selma.
The September rodeo, Jimmy said, drew more than 400 people on a day when they expected 100 to 300. They are hoping for more of the same.
“Probably 250 people were from out of town, which helps the economy of Selma,” he said. “It’s only once a month, but that’s 250 that might not have been here otherwise and they have to gas up. We’re hoping that continues.”
The October event will feature an open barrel race with $20 added prize money and the extreme bull challenge, with $500 added prize money.
There are some differences in the October rodeo, Jimmy said.
“This is the SEBRA bull riding, which is one of the biggest going on around here,” he said. “People that have never seen a professional bull riding, this is it. These guys don’t work, they are pro bull riders, and to get that in Selma, we had to pull a lot of strings.”
If there is enough participation in October, Jimmy said they could form a permanent partnership with SEBRA.
Increased community support, Pam said, can only help the rodeo and the region.
“We want to get more kids involved too,” she said. “Jimmy is a good teacher and now we have the facility and the room to teach them. We even have an El Toro practice bull we can teach them on, so we want to get more young people involved.”
One of the biggest selling points of the local rodeo, Jimmy said, is the chance for participants to take their skills to the next level.
Two world championships in he World Barrel Racing finals could draw as many as 1,000 kids from all over the nation. And, those who win on the local level will have the chance to compete in Oklahoma and Texas.
Other events in the October rodeo will include Cowboy Church on Sunday morning and a costume contest Saturday night for horses and riders and a separate contest for regular costumes. First prize is $25 and each participant will receive a gift bag.
Jimmy said he also plans to build a bonfire after the rodeo and share ghost stories.
The rodeo has done well for an event that almost didn’t happen, Pam said. Support from Alabama PowerSports, Darrell Stewart Construction, and the Montgomery and Linden Stockyard have been crucial. The DownTowner, she said, made a tremendous impact as well. Pam said they hoped to keep the Christian-based rodeo moving forward to offer guidance to cowboys and cowgirls and steer them down the path to success.