Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo Coming To Expo

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The Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo will return to the Claremore Expo Center April 28-29 to kick off its 12th year of ranch rodeo action.

The festivities begin on Friday, April 28 with a 4 p.m. trade show, followed by the first round of the rodeo at 7 p.m.

The action starts back up at 9 a.m. Saturday with the opening of the trade show followed by a youth ranch rodeo (JRRA sanctioned) at 11 a.m. The final round of rodeo action begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with the awards ceremony immediately following.

The GCCRR is sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association. Along with handmade prizes and cash, the winning team at the GCCRR will be invited to compete at the WRCA Championship Ranch Rodeo in November in Amarillo, Texas.

The GCCRR is a non-profit organization made up of five committee members and numerous volunteers who donate their time and talents to not only provide a high-quality ranch rodeo for the Green Country ranch teams to compete in, but also to raise funds for several causes that are near and dear to the group. Some of the causes include scholarships for youths competing on the ranch teams, a Cowboy Crisis Fund to help local cowboys and their families who have financial hardships due to accidents, illness or other circumstances, and choosing a local charity to support.

Some past recipients have been the Gatesway Foundation, the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Children’s Cancer Center at Saint Francis Hospital, Blue Star Mothers, Punchy in Pink, and Wounded Warriors.

This year’s charity is Bit by Bit, which is a premier therapeutic horseback riding prorgram in Northeast Oklahoma that caters to children and adults with physical, mental or emotional disabilities. They have a commitment to making a difference in riders’ lives with the help of more than 50 volunteers, a dozen horses and generous support from donors.

The GCCRR raises funds by selling ads in the rodeo program, selling sponsorships, through ticket sales and by proceeds from the silent auction. Items are donated from the competing ranch teams, vendors and local businesses. They also sell chances to win a pair of handmade spurs which will be drawn for at the rodeo Saturday night.

The GCCRR committee would like to thank their long time and loyal sponsors, such as Mid America Farm & Ranch, National Livestock, RCB Bank, and numerous other generous businesses for their support. GCCRR would also like to thank Dalton Brown with Zoetis and Mark DeWeese for feeding the ranch teams and their families each night before their performances. And GCCRR would like to thank the volunteers who help make this event a success.


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