Riders in the grand entrance at the Hip Hop Cowboys Spring Rodeo at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (Ron Heflin/Special Contributor) ORG XMIT: RFH103

The black rodeo hits St. Louis this weekend at the Chaifetz Arena on Saturday, May 6th at 6:00 pm.  The Southeastern Rodeo Association Black Rodeo will be in St. Louis bringing in cowboys and cowgirls who will show off their skills.

The Rodeo Association will bring something new to the St. Louis Area that is practically unheard of in this area. Todd Morris, SRABR communications director, told the Post-Dispatch, “When you think about a real rodeo, think about a lot of action in the professional life of the real black cowboy.

When we think of rodeos we normally picture white men riding in on white horses, but rarely do we picture black men who are cowboys.  Black cowboys are nothing new and there are a number of organizations dedicated to the legacy of the black cowboy.

There are a number of black rodeo organizations throughout the United States. There is the Atlanta Black Association Rodeo , the Arizona Black Rodeo and the National Black Rodeo Finals.  Then of course there is the popular Bill Pickett Invitational Event founded in 1984 by businessman Lu Vason. Lu Vason’s true passion was his love for the rodeo and the black cowboy and cowgirl. Vason used the rodeo not only for entertainment but, also as an educational tool, sharing the story of the African American cowboy and cowgirl while touching hundreds of thousands of lives all over the world.

The rodeo’s role is to educate the public on the importance of African-American cowboys’ work in the “Old West,” according to the organization. Professional cowboys in this weekend’s black rodeo in at the Chaifetz Arena will be competing for $9,000 in prize money. The black rodeo will showcase Black and Latino rodeo riding experts consisting of men and women. The rodeo showcases professional cowboys in events including bronco riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

The rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. The rodeo is open to all contestants who want to compete and to all fans.











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