Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Redding Rodeo to host 'Champions Challenge'

In the photos, Redding Rodeo chairman Bennett Gooch is seen doing interviews after a media luncheon at the rodeo grounds, including to the Record Searchlight's David Benda (pictured at top).

Rodeo officials gave the details of their plan to add a fourth day to this year's event. The regular rodeo will be held Wednesday through Friday evenings, May 15-17. Then Saturday, May 18, will feature a "Champions Challenge" involving the world's top 10 cowboys or barrel racers in each event.

Redding will be the first of four stops on this sort of miniature all-star tour; the others are a rodeo in Florida and two in Texas. The events will be televised on Great American Country; Redding's is to be broadcast on July 7 and July 13.

As I noted earlier, this comes on the 25th anniversary of bull-riding champion Lane Frost's "Challenge of the Champions" with legendary bucking bull Red Rock, which he rode to 8 seconds for the first time in Redding. Organizers of this "challenge" said the two aren't directly related; Gooch and some other rodeo chairmen were just looking for ways to boost interest in their venues and their sport.

More information will come as the event gets closer, organizers told us today. In the meantime, look for my story at CapitalPress.com soon. Also, watch for David's coverage and that of Channel 7's Jennifer Scarborough, who was also there.

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