Rodeo returns to the county fair lineup

Broken Horn Rodeo, based in Ripley, Ohio, will bring seven events, from steer wrestling to bull riding, to this year’s Madison County Fair.

(Posted July 1, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Grab your cowboy boots. A rodeo is back in the Madison County Fair lineup! The roping, racing and riding get rolling at 7 p.m. July 10 at the grandstands.

After going without a rodeo the last few years, fair leaders found a good match in Broken Horse Rodeo, a family-owned outfit based in Ripley, Ohio, near Cincinnati.

Broken Horn puts on a full rodeo featuring seven events–saddle bronc riding, bareback horse riding, steer wrestling, tie-down calf roping, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

“We’re a professional rodeo with professional cowboys,” said owner Jim McElroy. “We also welcome some local amateur cowboys to keep the community involved.”

McElroy and his wife, Sandra, started Broken Horn in 1991. It is the largest and busiest rodeo company in the International Professional Rodeo Association. In Ohio alone, the company will put on 16 rodeos this year.

“We’ll probably have cowboys from all over the United States at the Madison County Fair rodeo,” McElroy said, adding that Broken Horn carries some of the best stock in the country.

Young spectators who want to be part of the rodeo action are invited to compete in stick horse races. Entrants are divided into two age groups: 5 and younger, and 6 to 9 years old. Prizes go to the winners in each age group. No entry fee or registration is required. Vallery & Dorn Insurance is sponsoring the stick races.

The 2019 Madison County Fair runs July 7-13. The fairgrounds are located at 205 Elm St., London. For a full schedule of events, go to Fair Schedule.

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