Old Spanish Trail Rodeo brings in the crowds (photo gallery)

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

"Not only were they prompt, but the stock has been uniform, and the stock has been of a level that the riders can work with it and yet still give them a challenge,” he said.

"That's important because you don't want to bring something out here that's so rank (mean) that guys can't ride them."

Theriot, who participated in the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo several years ago, said being a stock contractor can be more difficult, mentally and emotionally, than competing.

"I'm more nervous about an event like this than I ever was competing," he said. "We want to make sure we have the best stock that gives every cowboy an equal chance. We want to have as level a playing field as possible.

Theriot said he brought about80 headsof stock, ranging from bucking bulls and broncs, for the riding events, to steers for steer wrestling and calves for calf roping.

Joe Farren, a Cottondale resident who won the saddle bronc event with a score of 75.5, was back in Baker for the first time in a couple of years.

"I had been to Baker two years ago, when it was the Lone Star Rodeo, and now it's the PCA this year," he said. "This is an outstanding arena, with the facility they have here. They  have a good stock contractor in Herbert Theriot, with 5T, who brings all the good stock.

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