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  • Paul Cooley


GERRY- Painted Pony Rodeo Company, stock contractor for the annual Gerry Fire Department’s PRCA rodeo, has again had one of their outstanding bucking bulls selected for the ten day National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The bull, named Jack Daniel’s Sour Mash, has just completed the 2700 mile trip from his home in Lake Lucerne, New York, to this World Series of rodeo for the second consecutive year after being selected as one of 100 of the best bucking bulls in the nation for this event by a vote of rodeo cowboys across the nation. Even more impressive is the fact this is the only bull coming from east of the Mississippi River.

Shawn Graham, co-owner of Painted Pony Rodeo Company, took three days to trailer his star to Las Vegas, where the five-year-old, 1600 pound bull will perform twice during the rodeo. Sour Mash’s selection by the world’s top cowboys speaks to his nasty disposition and bucking ability in the arena. However, Graham says that outside the arena this bull is docile and friendly, even coming to the pasture fence back at the home ranch and allowing the three Graham children to pet him.

The National Finals Rodeo begins this Thursday, December 3, and runs for ten consecutive nights, concluding on Saturday, December 12, with the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in money won in each of rodeo’s eight competitive events during the year competing for $10 million in prize money.

The event is televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network beginning each night at 10:00. Local rodeo fans can view the event on Time Warner Cable (Channel 315), Dish Network (Channel 158), and Direct TV (Channel 221).

The annual Gerry PRCA Rodeo enters its 72nd consecutive year next summer with four performances scheduled for August 3-6 in their arena six miles north of Jamestown. This rodeo is now the longest consecutively running rodeo east of the Mississippi and is the major fund raising event for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department. Last summer more than 200 contestants from 25 states competed for $45,000 in prize money at the Gerry site. The Painted Pony Rodeo Company will again be the stock contractor this coming year. Additional information is available at the rodeo website

Photo: Painted Pony Rodeo Company’s star bull, Jack Daniel’s Sour Mash, chases one of the bull fighters after tossing a cowboy rider to the dirt.

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