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The “Texas Kid” to entertain at Crockett Rodeo
Houston County Courier - April 2009
By Crystal Rhone
Rodney Hayes, known as the ‘Texas Kid’ has participated in rodeos all his life and will attend the 48th Annual Crockett Lions Club Rodeo on Thursday – Saturday, May 7 – 9 at the Porth Ag Arena.
Hayes is rated one of the best specialty acts in America and was selected last year as the feature act at the nationals.
A former high school champion in both the bareback and bull riding and in college winning several championships and also qualifying four times to the College National Finals Rodeo.
After college, he hung up the riggin and rope to put on a part of chaps to fight bulls.
In 1992 he joined the PRCA where he fought bulls on the Wrangler Bull Fight Tour for several years and also won the Super Bull World Championship.
In 1995, Hayes finally hung it up after having two major back injuries.
In 2001, Hayes, a veteran bull and bareback rider and PRCA bullfighter, decided to take his career in a new direction. He first found a big 2000-pound Brazilian Gir Bull that he calls Billy The Kid.
Billy is “an unbelievable and remarkable animal, says Hayes.
Complete with saddle and reins, Rodney has trained Billy the bull to lie on his side, ride a teeter-totter, and overcome natural fears, evidenced when he jumps through a hoop of fire and climbs to the top of a trailer.
He says Billy the Kid is a “freak of nature,” because he is so docile and easily trained.
In the past six years he has taken 22 different kids on the road and made superstars out of them.
The kids have come from spoiled rotten families to troubled and just about every walk of life you could imagine.
“I feel like the rodeo way of life is dying more and more every day.
That’s why I feature kids in my acts. My hope is that they inspire other kids to want to be cowboys and cowgirls.