Rangers Rodeo could be best in years
Members of the Lawton Rangers don't have any control over just which contestants come to their rodeo, nor do they have control over when they compete.
But in fitting fashion, and a great happening for this year's 79th Annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo, the Jarretts Shy-Anne and Ryan will make their runs during Wednesday's "Way Back Wednesday" at the rodeo which is being dedicated to her grandfather, the late Jake Hickox, who passed away earlier this year.
Ryan, the last man to beat Trevor Brazile for the PRCA All-Around title back in 2005, will be competing in the loaded tie-down roping competition while Shy-Anne will be competing for the title in the barrel racing.
Hickox was a longtime rodeo competitor and horseman and his daughter Sandy Hickox Bowen was a top barrel racer when she was attending Lawton High School back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jake Hickox was a fixture for years at the Rangers Rodeo, offering sage advice to the Rangers more than once.
The Jarretts, however, are just two of the many top contestants scheduled on "Way Back Wednesday" where fans can enter the arena grounds for just $5 per carload. And since the Lawton Public Schools don't start school until Friday, it opens the doors for big families to be able to take advantage of the big discount.
With all the tight races in the seven PRCA official rodeo events, this year's Rangers Rodeo could be one of the best in years. The first performance will be Wednesday, plus there will be performances as well on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at the LO Ranch Arena east of Lawton.
Performances will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. with the grand entry.