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Rodeo History in the River Valley


The life of a cowboy has always been a country music writer’s passion.

One of the most popular songs about cowboys in my day was “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” sung by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in the 1970’s. Of course, there’s Chris LeDoux’s “The Cowboy’s Hat” in the early 1990’s, who was also a Hall of Fame rodeo champion.

America has a history with rodeos, roping cattle, chasing cattle, breaking and buck-breaking a horse. Over time, these enjoyments have been replaced by more modern past-times.

However, there are still some cowboys around who love to get on a bucking horse, training them to do what comes naturally. Yes, even in Arkansas.

Talking with Dustin Dunn of DD Rodeo, he says “Bucking doesn’t come naturally to all horses, some just do not want to buck. You can’t train them to buck, they are bred to it.” And yes, I know it personally!

Dustin and a few friends plan and promote rodeos in Arkansas and Oklahoma. You may not realize it, but there are a lot of girls, boys, women and men who bronc horses, bull ride and love it.  

One notable for Arkansas is that of Denny Flynn of Charleston, who was born in Paris, who was considered the most talented bull rider, but he never won a world title, but qualified for Nationals Rodeo ten times.

Rodeos are coming up, there have already been two in this area with more coming this month, June, August and September for Mena (this weekend), Greenwood, Paris, Lavaca, Muldrow and Waldron.

We encourage you to grab your family, lasso them if you need to, and go enjoy a good rodeo.

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