Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo confirmed largest in area

Bonifay Kiwanis Club recognized their scholarship recipients.

Bonifay Kiwanis Club recognized their scholarship recipients Saylor Moon Lake from Holmes County High School, Kelby Reed Merchant from Bethlehem High School, Ciara Kristin Lee from Ponce de Leon High School and Jennifer Lynn Walker from Poplar Springs High School.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

BONIFAY — Co-owner of 4-L Diamond S Rodeo Co. Charlie Lawry was guest speaker at the Bonifay Kiwanis Club’s June 5 meeting, giving a brief history of how 4-L Diamond S Rodeo Co. was formed and what it means for this year’s upcoming Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo.

Lawry confirmed that the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo held in Bonifay every October was the largest rodeo in this part of the country.

“Most rodeos in this area go for two days tops but to go for three days straight is rare for this area,” he said. “This rodeo is also nationally known for its grass and Grand Entry. The only other grass arena is in Oregon.”

Grass had its advantages and disadvantages, explained Lawry.

“A lot of riders and participants don’t like grass because there’s not as much grip as dirt, that’s why barrel racing isn’t done as much as it use to at the rodeo,” he said. “Personally I like it because I find it more of a challenge and I like a good challenge.”

He gave an update on the rodeo circuit, saying the rules had changed as far as how many rodeos count towards the national competition.

“It use to be that you could go to as many rodeos you wanted to and it would count towards the nationals,” said Lawry. “Now they’ve limited it to 85 rodeos so the participants have been a little more selective of where they ride.”

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