Phillips Rodeo will be held June 8-9

An­nual event to fea­ture top com­pe­ti­tion in Re­saca

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY -

The story of the Phillips Cham­pi­onship Rodeo is more than a story about horses, bulls, riders and stunts.

The story in­volves the be­gin­ning of the rodeo nearly 40 years ago on the Phillips Ranch east of Re­saca.

In 1980, Larry Phillips first ex­posed North Ge­or­gia to the skills, thrills, chills and dan­gers dis­played by tal­ented cow­boys and cow­girls. Phillips had grown up in a time with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Western shows on tele­vi­sion and the Satur­day cow­boy movies at Cal­houn’s old Gem Theatre.

Also, peo­ple of his age had grown up on the farm with cows, mules, horses and other an­i­mals. That era was fad­ing from ex­po­sure to a younger gen­er­a­tion. Larry wanted to pre­serve for a younger gen­er­a­tion a fla­vor and her­itage of the re­al­ity of life around the horses and bulls of just a few gen­er­a­tions back, and so the rodeo was born.

When Larry Phillips died sud­denly in 2001, the rodeo story did not end. It had be­come a fam­ily af­fair, so Larry’s son, Danny, along with his wife Brid­gett and their two daugh­ters Danielle and Sage, kept the event alive. Be­gin­ning in 2001, the rodeo was re­named the Larry Phillips Memo­rial Cham­pi­onship Rodeo.

The rodeo has con­tin­ued to evolve. Af­ter Brid­gett Phillips ( Phillips Rodeo Pro­duc­tions) suc­cess­fully bat­tled breast can­cer—un­der­go­ing surgery and treat­ment re­quir­ing a near year­long stay in her na­tive state of Ok­la­homa—the Phillips Rodeo be­gan a “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” cam­paign.

All fans are asked to wear pink to the rodeo in an ef­fort to raise aware­ness about breast can­cer. The goal is to “Pink-Out” the rodeo area, and breast can­cer sur­vivors are hon­ored and given the VIP spe­cial treat­ment.

The rodeo pro­vides good whole­some en­ter­tain­ment— some­thing that has be­come too rare in this day and age. The rodeo be­gins each night with the StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner and a pa­tri­otic grand en­try that will make you proud to be an Amer­i­can. It’s a great way to visit with friends and neigh­bors, mar­vel at the skill of the rodeo ath­letes and the tenac­ity of the bulls, and most of all, raise aware­ness for breast can­cer.

The rodeo is held each sum­mer in Re­saca and is sched­uled for next Fri­day and Satur­day, June 8-9. Go east on High­way 136, turn left on Mt. Zion road and travel one mile to the arena on the right at Phillips Ranch.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the rodeo or the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” cam­paign, call 706-218-0382 or visit http://www. phillip­srodeo.com. They are also on Face­book and In­sta­gram at Phillips Rodeo.

CON­TRIBUTED PHO­TOS

( A com­peti­tor jumps off his horse dur­ing the calf rop­ing event dur­ing last year’s rodeo. ( A com­peti­tor tries to hang on dur­ing the bare­back rid­ing event.

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