2. Clovis Crane of Lebanon, PA competes in the bull riding competition at the Ocala Pro Rodeo on Friday night, March 21, 2014. Crane also competed in the bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding competitions.
Hollywood Flores of Weirsdale, Fla. rides bull Banana Twist at the Ocala Pro Rodeo on Saturday night, March 22, 2014.
The Ocala Pro Rodeo held it’s 21st annual Southeastern Pro Rodeo last weekend at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala, Fla.
Both nights began with the National Anthem, a group prayer and recognition of past and present American troops for their service.
In addition to the traditional rodeo events such as bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding, the rodeo provided entertainment through performances by John Payne (“The One Armed Bandit”) and comedic banter between the rodeo announcer and rodeo clown.
Vendors from all over Florida came out to sell eager patrons their traditional rodeo staples: Corn dogs, sweet tea and funnel cakes.
On Friday, the rodeo offered children aged 6-11 a $5 admission and special discounts for families who attended the rodeo.
On Saturday, the rodeo celebrated “Pink Night at the Rodeo,” in recognition of breast cancer awareness and in support of the Michelle-O-Gram Foundation. The slogan of the night was, “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” Donations were also taken up in support of the cause.
All photos taken by WUFT photographer Amber Riccinto.
Two local artists, Jesus and Carrie Martinez, are painting High Dive's first mural since the 1990s. The mural features local schoolteacher Stephanie Lee, who Carrie Martinez said represents the diverse crowd High Dive attracts.