By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers
For nearly three decades, Charlie Thompson has produced winter training rodeos. This season’s rodeo offers spectators a chance to get a glimpse at potential future world champions, in addition to names they may already recognize.
What is it?
The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series was spawned from a small organization called C-T Rodeo Company, named for founder Charlie Thompson in 1970.
The Lubbock Winter Series started in 1978 and have been the training grounds and stepping stones for literally hundreds of contestants and champions. Many former and current contestants have gone on to professional status and competition in world championship events.
The motto of the company is “Train Where the Pros Train.” Some world champions who have ridden with the C-T Rodeo Company include bareback riders Will Lowe and Eric Mouton and bull rider Tuff Hedeman.
When is it?
The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series runs every Saturday on the South Plains Fairgrounds, with 7 p.m. (Mountain Time) shows.
The season is scheduled to run through April 24.
Where is it?
The series is held at the Livestock Pavilion at the South Plains Fairgrounds in Lubbock, about 105 miles from Clovis and Portales.
How to get there:
To get there from Portales or Clovis, drive to Muleshoe and continue on U.S. 84. When you reach Lubbock, turn left onto Broadway Street. Turn left again on Avenue. U. The fairgrounds are located on 14th Street.
Plan to leave before 4:30 p.m. to get to the rodeo in time.
The admission prices are reasonable. Adults are $5 each, children are $3 and children under six get in for free.
What you might not like:
The time frame. Assuming you stay at the rodeo two hours, and possibly stay in Lubbock for a late dinner, you most likely won’t get back until midnight.
Charlie Thompson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (806) 794-2317, or online at www.c-trodeo.com.