Boys Ranch Rodeo: More than Just Golden Buckles

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Folks came out by the thousands on Sunday to watch the 65th annual cal Farley's boys ranch rodeo.

The kids from Boys Ranch and Girls Town USA have been practicing for months... Many of them have put more than 150 hours into bull riding, steer roping, or even being a rodeo clown.

Many of the rodeo participants often come from broken homes... Some with rough family situations, others with complicated financial stresses.

Regardless of their troubles, organizers say this rodeo gives the kids a chance to learn much more than what it takes to win the golden buckle.

Boys Ranch Youth Administrator Kraig Stockstill says, "These kids have been practicing for many months to do this performance. It gives them an opportunity to get really good at something and to achieve something and I think that achievement is really important when we talk about people achieving their fullest potential."

The rodeo kicked off Saturday and finishes up on Sunday, September 6.

Over these two days, it's estimated that nine thousand people attended and more than 150 kids took part in this year's events.