The 15th Annual Cleburne Youth Rodeo is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday as local youth will take center stage at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo grounds.
The Cleburne Youth Rodeo is the Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse’s annual fundraiser. All proceeds for the event are used to help fund the year-end awards for the Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse Playday.
The Cleburne Youth Rodeo consists of contestants 21 years of age and under, showcasing some very talented and competitive up-and-comers in the rodeo realm.
The Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse has been around for over 30 years now and has become a stable in the Cleburne community.
“The Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse prides itself in being one of the few organizations that is open to all skill levels of riders and competitors,” said Amber Bransom, Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse’s secretary. “JCJSP makes every effort to ensure that its kiddos get the tools and support that they need to be successful in not just rodeo but in life.”
Festivities at the Cleburne Youth Rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. each night as the Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse is encouraging members of the community to come out and watch these local young cowboys and cowgirls compete in the sports they love. Entry is $5 per person. A full concession stand will be available and there will also be 13 vendor booths for shopping.
“Last year, the turnout was better than what we expected it to be even with COVID,” Bransom said. “We took necessary precautions to keep everybody safe. We didn’t see any less numbers than we’ve seen in the past.”
Bransom said getting to watch children from age 5 and under up to 21 years old compete in various roping events and speed events such as goat tying, bull riding, sheep riding, barrel racing and more is a thrill.
“All the proceeds from the event do help support the kids that participate in the Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse but to me it’s neat watching the kids,” she said. “Everybody comes to the pro rodeo to see the adults compete but it’s neat to watch the kids compete and some of these kids are just as competitive as the pros. It’s neat to watch their drive. We have a 5-and-under age category so they’re little bitty all the way up to age 21.”
The action at the Cleburne Youth Rodeo is expected to be jam-packed with more than 115 contestants expected to compete, and that’s before late call-ins. Based on previous years’ call-in numbers, Bransom said she wouldn’t be surprised if they have more than 200 contestants ready for action this coming week.
“We expect it to be a pretty big year,” she said.
Although the Junior Posse does have several youth riders that are just learning, they also have advanced and seasoned riders that have grown in their skills through their years with the organization and have gone on to ride competitively in professional rodeos. Some of these riders have also proven to be excellent mentors to the younger riders.
All playdays for the Johnson County Junior Sheriff’s Posse are held at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo grounds (1315 South Main in Cleburne) and are also open to the public and free to watch.
If you are interested in watching or joining the Junior Sheriff’s Posse, check out the website for upcoming events and membership information www.jcjsp.yolasite.com. The organization also has a Facebook page.