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It’s a weekend many have been waiting for in St. Landry Parish with the comeback of the heart-pounding, action-packed world of rodeo. Excitement filled the air as the Acadiana Jr. High and High School Rodeo made its return to the St. Landry Ag Arena.

It is the first time in over 15 years that the Ag Arena has hosted the event, signifying the growth of the rodeo among our younger generation of cowboys and cowgirls.

The stands were filled spectators as the ag arena hosted over 300 families and rodeo-goers who came out to participate in and witness the excitement of the event in the Equine Capital of Louisiana.

The return of this event highlighted the recent improvements at the St. Landry Ag Arena. The upgrades with the addition of the new announcer box were made possible through the supportive efforts of the Parish and helps to keep our city and parish on a positive track.

“The reason why we upgraded our facility was to bring the kids over here so they could enjoy the rodeo closer to home.” said Parish President, Jessie Bellard who was among the many supporters in attendance on Saturday as preparations were underway for the events to begin.

The Acadiana Junior High and High School Rodeo delivered a spectacular showcase of exceptional talent from junior high and high school students who came from across the state to compete in a fun, family-oriented environment. Friday evening and Saturday morning Junior high students participated in events including bull riding, pole bending, goat tying, ribbon roping, team roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, chute dogging and more.

On Saturday, the evening’s events kicked off with Senior night, recognizing the seniors for their accomplishments and years in rodeo, followed by events in which high school students participated in from saddle bronc riding and bareback riding to barrel racing and pole bending. It was evident to see the amount of hard work, dedication and love of the sport that was put in from these young cowboys and cowgirls who gave their all in each of the events.

The crowd was able to witness tough competition and thrilling performances in a variety of events as these young rodeo athletes showcased their amazing horsemanship in hopes of bringing home a shiny new belt buckle.

But as anyone who is accustomed to the sport can tell you, the event brought more than just family entertainment to the Ag Arena. It goes without saying there is a great respect for the flag in the world of rodeo as well as the prevalence of prayer.

Flag Presentation, High School Senior Sara Venable

Sunday morning started with a faith-filled Cowboy Church lead by Lenny Parker, followed by high school rodeo events to close out the weekend.

About the Acadiana Junior High and High School Rodeo

The Acadiana Junior High and High School Rodeo is a celebration of rodeo tradition, youth talent, and the vibrant culture of St. Landry Parish. They are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of rodeo champions and providing an unforgettable experience for our community.

Courtney Jennings, Contributing Writer/Editor