Professional Entertainer and Barrelman “Radical Ryan Rodriquez” Returns to
Hopkins County to Entertain Fan’s of All Ages
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – When he was a young boy growing up in Clayton, MI, Ryan Rodriguez, the son of Roy and Sharon Rodriguez, would wear the same costume every Halloween: a rodeo clown.
Rodriguez comes by his love of rodeo naturally. His grandfather was instrumental in the creation of the Michigan Ropers Association and his father is a champion calf roper. His brother Raul is a champion roper, steer wrestler, team roper and a pick-up man. In addition, sister Mindy was a barrel racer in high school and still enjoys competition.
Rodriguez has earned a great number of awards since making a commitment in 1992 to become a professional clown and barrelman. He has been Clown of the Year five times, Barrelman of the Year twice and Contract Act of the Year once. Rodriguez has performed all over North America, from regional championships to tour finales in Las Vegas, Omaha to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, including at the famous Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, the largest rodeo in the world.
Despite what the name implies, a rodeo clown has a specific purpose — and it’s not just to make people laugh, though that is a big part of it. The clown works as a barrelman and utilizes his barrel to divert the bull’s attention from the rider who has been ejected from the back of the bull and can be in a very vulnerable position. Rodriguez has done both jobs — clown and barrelman, noting it is a serious task.
“You are protecting that rider by giving the bull something else to think about,” he said.
Ryan’s performance is power packed with “Radical” entertainment. He has made entertaining people and promoting the sport of rodeo a way of life. Best said by Ryan, “I would work 365 days a year if I could. I love what I do and enjoy making people laugh. It never seems like work when you are making your dream come true.”
The Sulphur Springs event guarantees cutting edge excitement, entertainment, and competition at the highest level, the Black Gold Challenge promises to deliver our fans the ultimate Extreme Bull Sports experience.
General admission tickets are on sale now at Circle E Western Store, Hopkins Co. Civic Center, Alliance Bank in Greenville or online at pbfchallenge.com. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For the first time a child’s ticket is available for children 12 and under for $10 advance and $15 at the door.