By Esmeralda Garcia
Woodlake Lions 67th Rodeo took place on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8.
The rodeo also coincided with Mother’s Day weekend and was enjoyed by many after the last two years of closures due to COVID. The weather was perfect with a nice breeze which complimented the “Most Beautiful Rodeo Grounds in America.”
Woodlake’s Lions Rodeo is held every year as a way to raise funds for their community and to provide scholarship opportunities to local students.
Ivanhoe resident Brent Lockett and his partner Jason Stewart won first place in this year’s team roping event in which they competed on Sunday at the Woodlake Rodeo Grounds.
Brent Lockett stated, “I have been roping since before I could talk. Growing up on a ranch around roping it’s all we ever did and all we ever thought about.” Brent has two brothers and his parents, Jim and Sharon Lockett, also live in Ivanhoe.
Brent also shared that Woodlake Rodeo is special to him because geographically it is his hometown rodeo. He said, “Winning a hometown rodeo is extra special when you win in front of your hometown fans and your critics too.”
He shares that some of the things you need to be a team roper are a pretty good horse, a partner because team roping is the only sport in rodeo that involves a partner. It also takes many years of dedication, studying and working hard.
Brent Lockett loves the sport and his rodeo peers agree he is very talented. Some of Brent’s winnings include: United States Champion, three-time Champion at Pendleton Round Up, Reserve World Champion, two- time Original Coors Shootout Champion, California Circuit Champion, three-time Cody Stampede Champion, six-time NFR qualifier, Jr. World Champion and High School Team Roping State Champion.
Brent plans to continue rodeoing in the California circuit and venture out of state to go to some of the bigger rodeos. In a year he will be eligible to compete in Gold Card team roping which is for cowboys 50 years and older. One of his main future goals is to be the Gold Card Champion.
The Ivanhoe Sol is excited to recognize our local cowboy and congratulate him and his partner in placing first in this year’s 2022 Woodlake Lions Rodeo.