Mater, Ghostlight ready for cowboys
Riders will be tested by top bucking broncos in weekend rodeo
KINGMAN - The rodeo is back, and that means there will be plenty of bulls bucking, calves being roped and races against the clock at the 25th Annual Andy Devine Days Rodeo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
The competition begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association's Women's Rodeo starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with no charge for admission.
Jerry Honeycutt and his family will once again bring the bulls and horses competitors will try to ride. This year, Honeycutt said his special treat would be the horses Mater and Ghostlight. Honeycutt and his wife, Dawn, have two children. Dawson Lee is 5 years old, and Riley is 3. It easy to tell how the horses got their names.
"My kids really liked that 'Cars' movie," Jerry Honeycutt said. "I'd say they've watched it 50 times without exaggerating."
Mater and Ghostlight are half-brothers that look like twins. The pair has the same father, and Honeycutt expects they'll do some good bucking.
"They've been rode a few times, but mostly they toss the riders," he said. "If the riders do hang on, they're doing everything they can to just hang on."
The women's rodeo will consist of several timed events, including tied calf-roping, breakaway calf-roping, team roping and barrel racing.
Kingman's Jolee Lautaret and her mother, Dolli, are forces to be reckoned with in the WPRA. Jolee sits in second place in the all-around standings as of Wednesday. The mother-daughter team stands one-two in barrel racing, and Dolli is No. 7 in team-roping heeler, while Jolee is No. 8 in team-roping header.
"We've got a number of world champions coming," Jolee said. "Tammy Lewis will be here and so will Kim Williamson, who is an 11-time world champion."
And there will also be a time for some giggles at the rodeo. Ridgeview Dental and Yucca Truck Service has teamed together to sponsor the Businessmen's Calf Dressing competition. Businesses with four-member teams, two male and two female, will compete against each other by racing to put on a giant-size pair of boxers on a calf.
"KRMC puts on a good team," Kingsmen President Bob Rose said. "They're serious, and rumor has it they even practice. They are serious about their calf dressing."
However, the Mad Miner Maulers, sponsored by the Miner, are looking to pull off the upset.