Hoofin' it

About 100 high school, junior high and middle school students from across South Carolina saddled up in Barnwell County to stay on the bull for eight seconds.

The Barnwell County Career Center hosted the FFA rodeo over the weekend at the Rosier Farm on Old Allendale Highway March 13 -15.

"Last year it went really well. So we thought we should do it again - hopefully it will become an annual event," said Mindy Sandifer, an agricultural instructor for the Barnwell County Career Center and an FFA advisor.

After the event, Sandifer said it went so well that the FFA is planning another rodeo for next year.

The event featured bull riding, barrel racing, pole bending, calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, broncho riding, bareback riding and breakway roping.

Four students from Barnwell County - Dylan Brabham, Jaret Nobles and Coltin Nobles - participated in the event.

Coltin placed first in breakaway roping and Jaret took first and second place in team roping and third place in calf roping.

Sandifer said the rodeo is a way for the FFA to raise money, involve youth in positive activities and provide entertainment for the community.

Money from the event will go toward students attending FFA leadership conferences as well as supporting other FFA activities and caring for the organization's animals, she said.

"We have a lot of animals to feed and recent (education) cuts have hurt the FFA," said Sandifer.

Business sponsorships from across the county totaled $10,000, Sandifer said.

All 81 of Sandifer's FFA students from the county's three high schools helped plan, coordinate or work the rodeo.
There was a total of three rodeo events during the weekend.

About 400 people attended the March 13 Friday night rodeo - followed by about 1,000 people attending the March 14 all day Saturday event.

Saturday night evening Bamberg-based country artist David Cooler played a show of rollicking country tunes for the crowd.