When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of leprechauns and lucky four-leaf clovers or - as the myth goes - maybe even Old St. Pat driving all the snakes out of Ireland. But an important part of Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration you might not think of is rodeo, and this Saturday there are plenty of western sports events taking place at the Dublin City Arena you won’t want to miss.
The premier spot of the day is the Dublin Western Heritage Association’s fourth annual Dublin Bulls & Broncs Shootout.
The group is a 501C3 non-profit organization established for the upkeep and revitalization of the Dublin arena for the benefit of the community’s youth.
Entry fee for the Bulls and Broncs Shootout is $125 with $2,500 added for bull riders and $3,000 added for bronc riders. Admission for spectators is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and it kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The organization's spokesman, Casey Ballenger, also mentioned a unique feature of the event.
“We’re selling buckle sponsorships for $100. With that you get to pick a bull rider or bronc rider and if your cowboy wins the Shootout, you win an identical trophy buckle and get to go out into the arena and receive your buckle with your cowboy,” Ballenger said.
For more information, call Ballenger at 254-485-0658.
During the day, there are plenty more rodeo events to check out. One is the United Bucking Horse Association’s futurity for colts, bucking with dummies. According to the UBHA, “The futurity system enhances the progression of talented bucking horses to the bright lights of big arenas.”
One such super-hot bucking horse to watch Saturday is “126 Wazzup,” raised in Stephenville by Rodeo Dave Lewis and purchased by Guy French of GF Buckers.
The UBHA will be taking 30 entries at $250 per head for the futurity, which starts at noon at the Dublin arena. For more information, call Guy French at 832-244-6916 or visit www.ubhabucks.com/join-ubha/ to register online.
Mutton Bustin’ for kids seven and under starts right after the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Travis Street at the Dublin High football stadium. They’re taking up to 40 kids at $20 per entry, with a Tres Rios buckle awarded to the winner at 6 p.m. right before the Broncs and Bulls Event.
There’s also a Mini-Bareback Riding for kids 13 and under with a cutoff of 20 riders. They’ll be taking entries immediately after the parade at Dublin Arena. The winner also gets a Tres Rios trophy buckle. Riding will be during the Bulls and Bronc and Bull performance.
For more information on all the rodeo events or the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, call the Dublin Chamber of Commerce at 254-445-3422.