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Tribe brings bull-riding champions to Veterans Pavilion for school, rodeo
ALABAMA-COUSHATTA INDIAN RESERVATION — The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has announced they will host a rodeo with strictly bull-riding on Saturday, at the Veteran’s Pavilion on U.S. Highway 190 on the Reservation. On the days prior to the rodeo, instructors from California will be on hand to host a school on bull-riding and bull-fighting. Within days of announcing the school, tribal leaders say the classes are full. Three tribal members, ages ranging from 14 years to 25 years, have signed up to test their bravery in the bull-riding class. The instructor for the school is Gary Leffew. Gary is a former bull-riding champion, actor, stunt coordinator and served as consultant to HBO's “Deadwood.” He was also featured in the movie “8 Seconds,” “Ring of Fire,” “J. W. Coop,” as well as being in several commercials. Judd Leffew followed in his father’s footsteps and became a bull-rider, stunt man as well as making a name for himself in commercials. In addition to the bull riding competition that begins at 6 p.m., Mutton Bustin’ will be a featured event for those individuals who weigh less than 60 pounds. Included is Open Bull Riding and a Cowboy Protection Match. Native American crafters will be on hand with their wares and a concession stand with Native American food will be available. For a fun evening of entertainment, load up the family and take a short trip to the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation 16 miles east of Livingston. Admission fee at the gate will be $15 for adults ages 10 and up. Youths age 9 and under will be admitted for $5. Children five years and under will be admitted at no charge. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 936-563-1320 or the Public Relations Department at 936-563-1120.