Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo confirmed largest in area

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

Lawry also gave a brief history of himself and how they came to the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo.

“My family was in the cattle business and I learned to rope at that time,” he said. “Eventually I got good enough to compete and since there was no rodeo around that area I had to leave home. I was blessed with a God-given talent to earn money competing in rodeos and I competed everywhere I could.”

He said he graduated from college one week, got married the next and was enlisted in the army the next week.

“Due to failing the health exam I was back in the circuit,” said Lawry. “I got my Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association card and was a finalist in the California rodeo in 1981. I went to all the biggest rodeos in America and never knew I would become a contractor one day.”

He said it shouldn’t have surprised him to be getting into the business since he was familiar with working with all of the biggest rodeos in America and how they were operated.

“I eventually bought a contract from someone selling their rodeo and before I knew it the rodeo expanded from five shows a year to 15 and 20 shows a year and have been doing it ever since,” said Lawry. “Our bulls went to the national competition in Las Vegas and in 2007 we teamed up with Diamond S Rodeo Co. The ‘4-L’ was added on and stood for our family of four Lawrys.”

He said it was a good partnership because “they raised a lot of bulls and need a place to buck bulls and I needed bulls to buck.”

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