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What City-Folk Don’t Know About Rodeo

Rodeo champion Stevie Rae Willis.

written by Kevin Max


Discovered on the cover of our spring 2010 issue, rodeo champion Stevie Rae Willis became the focus of a Comcast SportsNet reality TV show, ‘Stompin’ Ground.’ The new rodeo program premiers on televisions across Oregon in February (CSNNW.com) and will feature Willis, a Northwest Porfessional Rodeo Association (NPRA) all-around champion from 2007-2010. The program will follow the Willises on heir ranch in Terrebonne and on the road, giving viewers a glimpse of a working rodeo family.

Stevie Rae Willis: Top 5

1. I practice two to three hours on school days and four to five hours on weekend days.

2. Rodeo horses have to learn to eat and drink on the road like they do at home.

3. Horses need chiropractic adjustments just like people. My dad looks at the horses weekly and usually adjusts them monthly.

4. We spend every weekend on the road during rodeo season competing in two to five rodeos in different towns and states.

5. At rodeos, I get nervous and that never goes away no matter how long you do it. I just want to get in the arena and go. When I put on my horse’s protective boots before we compete, he knows that feel and he gets very strong.

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