Honeybears Bulls and Barrels, a great rodeo
annual Bulls and Barrels sponsored by the LCM Honeybears drill and dance team
was one of the best rodeo shows in the area this year. There was a book of 17
bull riders, 14 barrel racers in three categories, a dozen or so tried to ride sheep
and a herd of sheep and calf scramblers went after the ribbons on the animal’s
tail, and eight teams of calf dressers tried to put lingerie on unwilling
McNeil led off the first session of bull riding and drew a bull that was a
little more than he could handle. From the time the gate opened, until McNeil
hit the ground, the bull had control. McNeil is a good rider, but he had an off
Hillstock got into trouble early in his ride and had the worst thing happen that
can happen to a rider, he hung up! Hillstock’s hand was hung tight enough so
that he was hung and flung and flopped like a rag doll on a string. The
bullfighters, led by Bubba Tacker stayed in the melee and managed to get
Hillstock loose after a few minutes that seemed a lot longer to Hillstock.
was the last rider of the first session and managed to hang for the required
eight seconds. Murphy made a decent ride, but was a little short on the control
side. The judges gave him 64 points.
busting, or sheep riding, was probably the biggest event of the night. Young
riders from about age two to age six tried to hang on the sheep’s neck, back or
any other body part. Most were successful to some degree. Some hung long enough
to slide down the sheep’s side and continue to hang and be drug like a plow. It
looks as though Orange County has a good crop of rough stock riders coming
along if this night is any indication.
herd of 20 or so kids chasing two sheep or two calves in the scramble events is
just what it sounds like. The animals go into heavy panic mode and the kids get
frantic while chasing the animals. The goal is to pull the ribbon off and get
the prize. The ribbon is tied around the base of the tail of the sheep or the
calf. The scrambler has to pull the ribbon off, with the knot intact. It takes
a fast run and an accurate grab to snatch the ribbon. It ends with some tired
kids and grateful to be finally left alone animals.
racing is always a crowd favorite. It is the speed event of rodeo and this
night’s action was one of the best of the year. In the senior category the
times ran from the low 17s to the mid 15s. The barrel pattern in the Orange
arena is a close short pattern. It gives the rider the chance to really show
how they can control the horse. The
junior racers were keeping the times within a few seconds of the seniors. It
was a good night with only about four barrels being knocked over in both categories.
racers may take as long as 40 seconds or even longer to run the pattern. The
crowd pleaser here is to see the young racers control the horse. They will ease
into a turn and lean their body and pull on the reins to urge the horse around
the barrel. The other half of the team, the horse, is usually willing to follow
the orders. Often the sprint for the line after the third barrel is more of a
fast trot, but these young riders could care less. They have made a good run
and are ready for the next show.
showed their dance ability when they grouped in the center of the arena and did
an impromptu performance of “The Wobble”. It was entertaining, lively and
showed that the Honeybears can really wobble. Unfortunately the center of the
arena was a little wet, thanks to the efforts of the Bridge City Volunteer Fire
Department. The BCVFD had spent time getting the arena ready for the show. This
involved wetting down the dirt. The center section was a little past wet, it
was soft when the dancing started and was getting muddy when they finished “The
the crowd, the Honeybears brought on the star event, the calf dressing. For this
event the calf is loaded into the chute, outside the chute is a team of four
with a set of oversized lingerie, bra and panties, to be specific. One team
member opens the gate and the other three try to grab the calf and hold it securely
enough to get the front legs through the bra straps and the bra hooked across
the back. The hind legs have to be put through the panties and the panties
four teams were very unsuccessful. The next group of teams included the
Honeybear team. Dainty young ladies are not likely to mugg a calf. This night
was no exception. The Honeybears calf got loose and ran like the wind with one
Honeybear in pursuit. Three Honeybears, just stood looking dainty. Finally the
calf was chased back to the corner of the chute area. It appeared that two
young cowboys joined the fray and mugged the calf and penned in down. The four
Honeybears then jumped in and got the dressing done. The calf was then
presented to the judge, who ignored the assistance of the cowboys and declared the
Honeybears the winners. It was their rodeo, so it was Ok that they won.
session of nine bull riders went down with a score of cowboys one, bulls eight.
Eight riders went off so fast that there was no strain on the watch. The successful
rider was Cody Wilson who drew a bull that spun like a record on a turntable
and gave Wilson a challenge. Wilson met the challenge and ended up winning the
show with a ride worth 85 points.
edition of the Honeybears Bulls and Barrels looked like a great success judging
from the number of contestants and the reaction of the fans. The Honeybears
have hit on the right combination to produce a great show by any standards.
This is the main fundraisers for the Honeybears and they go out of their way to
not only raise money but to also give the sponsors and fans the most for their
money. This is a “don’t miss show” for local rodeo fans.