Rank Bulls Rule at Decatur Rodeo

A headbutt sends this barrel and it's occupant, Michael "The Spike" Wallace rolling across the arena floor.


It was a beautiful October evening to be outdoors in Decatur this past Saturday. A perfect way for the Havener Rodeo Company to end their successful debut season with a evening of Bull riding. With a grand total of 22 bull riders initially entering the event, it looked like rodeo fans at the Big Creek Riding Center were in for quite a treat. Prior to the evening’s main event, a Cowboy Church service was held and then everyone was entertained with lively music performed by the 95Q Band.

Prime rank stock was trucked in from as far away as Missouri to provide contestants with a wide variety in bulls. Each contestant was allowed the opportunity to try and ride 2 different bulls that night. Just a small hand full of men were able “spur one on” and ride the full 8 seconds needed for a qualifying ride. Scores are based on a simple system of 100 points, with 50% of the points going for the cowboy’s performance and 50% for the bull’s.

Two time PBR Finals Qualifier, Craig Sasse, took home 1st Place honors with a winning score of 86. Sasse, a native of St Peter, IL, has been riding bulls professionally for 10 years. In 2nd Place with a score of 84 was Caleb Ruyle of Roodhouse, IL. Scoring a 82 put Jason Cronk, from Mississippi, into 3rd Place and Lamar Schrock took 4th Place with a score of 81.

The Rodeo featured the comedic antics of Rodeo Clown, Michael “The Spike” Wallace. Wallace appeared to give a fresh twist to entertaining the rodeo fans throughout the night. His act was both funny and far from predictable. At one point, he even went tumbling across the arena, tucked safely inside his barrel, when a bull decided to give the barrel a few good headbutts. Protecting the riders with their Bullfighting expertise were Nick Fair from Wichita, KS and Matt Metz from Rushing, TN. Judging that evening was Matt Voelker and Wayne Chupp.


Michael "The Spike" Wallace and his barrel roll to a stop after a bull sent them flying across the arena floor.


The Thrills, Chills & Spills of Rodeo

Mark Weber shows off his skill as an experienced Bullfighter.

 This past Saturday in Belvidere, the Tebala Shrine’s Horse Patrol sponsored their 18Th annual Rodeo in conjunction with the Big Hat Rodeo Company. While there was only a modest crowd in the grandstands for the afternoon performance, the thrills inside the arena were huge. From the ever popular Bull Riding to the antics of the Rodeo Clown, rodeo fans were treated to 2 1/2 hours of non-stop action. Big Hat appears to consistantly provide good family entertainment.

Proceeds from this rodeo will help benefit the area through the services the Shriners provide. The Shriners are more than just a group of men who wear funny hats. They truly are a brotherhood of unsung heros. They serve their communities through endless philanthropic work with children. In 1922 the very first Shriners Hospital was opened in Shreveport, La. There is now a network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children internationally. Children, up to the age of 18, are treated for cleft lip & palate, burn injuries of any degree, orthopedic conditions and spinal cord injuries. All services are “provided at no charge, regardless of the child’s financial need or relationship to a Shriner”.

This bucking bronc took Will Crain, from Fraina, on a wild ride from one end of the arena to the other.


Will County Fair Rodeo

Jose Vieyra, from Joliet, is seen being tossed off a bull on Sunday in Peotone, IL.


The grandstand was packed with rodeo fans this past Sunday afternoon at the Will County Fair in Peotone, IL.

The rodeo arena was located in a somewhat narrow area located directly in front of the grandstand. The narrow field appeared to bother several of the horses during the Barrel Races, but the other events did not seem to be affected.

Cowboy and Cowgirls competed in the events of Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, and Barrel Racing.

Contestants came from as far away as Texas to as close as Peotone, with the majority coming from both Illinois and Indiana.

The rodeo’s rough stock was provided by Latting Rodeo Productions, a 2nd generation family owned business located in St. Anne, IL. They take pride in providing a family oriented rodeo show since the early 1960’s.

Cowgirl Barrel Racing was one of the featured events on Sunday August 28, 2011.

County Fair Featured Rodeo

Rodeo Clown, Kenny Schappacher, entertained the rodeo fans throughout the evening.


Big Hat Rodeo was the featured Grandstand attraction this past Friday night at the Winnebago County Fair, held in Pecatonica, IL. Cowboys and Cowgirls competed against each other for prize money and bragging rights in traditional rodeo catagories of Bareback Bronc, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling. Tie-Down Roping and Cowgirl Barrel Racing.


Bruce Brock, from Indiana, stayed on the full 8 seconds and took 1st Place in the Bull Riding event Friday night August 19, 2011.