Kiwanis Rodeo set for ninth year - Statesboro Herald

A newliberty horse act will highlight the ninth annual Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo,coming to town in April.

Jessica Hedrickand her black and white American Paint Horse Cochise will wow the crowd as

thehorse performs independently, without a rider, said Danny Hedrick, owner of HedrickRodeo Company.

He was inStatesboro last week preparing for the two-day event coming April 12 and April 13at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Highway 67.

His wife,Jessica, has been with Cochise for the new act, which spotlights the historicalsignificance of the “Medicine Hat” horse to Native Americans, he said.

A MedicineHat horse is a paint horse, mostly white with a colored “hat pattern over itshead and ears.” Cochise has this pattern, as well as a “medicine shield,” whichis a patch of color on a white-based (tobiano) paint horse’s chest.

Paint horseshave large patches of white and other colors over their bodies, such as thehorse, also named Cochise, that Little Joe Cartwright rode on the classicwestern series “Bonanza.”

Hedrick’sCochise also has one blue eye, called a “glass eye” in the equestrian world.

“That makeshim even more special,” Hedrick said.

An announcerwill narrate the act, explaining the significance of the Medicine Hat horse andthe spiritual powers some believe they possess.

In its ninthyear, the rodeo will bring championship professional competition, with ridersfrom all over the world competing in bull riding, bronc riding, calf roping,barrel racing and more.

The family orientedrodeo will also include some fun kids’ events, Miss Rodeo USA 2019 HeatherMorrison, and lots of exceptional bulls and bucking horses raised by Hedrickhimself.

Several ofhis bulls and horses are award-winning champions and come from qualitybloodlines. He feels a new mare, Firefoot, will please the crowd as she triesto toss her rider.

A new clownact is in store as well, he said.

Tickets willbe available in March at Anderson’s General Store, said Bill Anderson, KiwanisRodeo chairman. Adult tickets will be $12 in advance and $16 at the gate.

“This isjust going to be one fine rodeo,” he said.

Vendors forfood, leather goods, western accessories and clothing will also be there, hesaid.

TheStatesboro Kiwanis Club hosts the annual rodeo as one of its two fundraisers.The other is the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in the fall. Each event brings in moneythat is distributed year-round to community charities, organizations andcauses.


Herald reporterHolli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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