Last weekend I embarked on my first of 50 experiences to complete my list of things to do in 5 years. I attended the McAllister Oklahoma State Penitentiary 68th annual Prison Rodeo. Along with the usual rodeo events, the inmates participated in 3 rounds of the signature Prison Rodeo event Money the Hard Way and the Wild Horse Race.
-Money the Hard Way- Angry bull released into the ring with a $100 bill tied between his horns. If an inmate can retrieve the money they get to keep it...and GO!
Round 1: Inmates enter the rodeo arena. Some are wearing helmets and vests resembling a swat team. Mostly men but some of the female bareback competitors joined in. The bull enters the ring with the prize tied between his horns. One crazy, i mean, brave guy comes running toward the bull but at the last second changes his mind. TOO LATE BUDDY! The bull charges the guy (not wearing a helmet or vest) head butts him up in the air and slams him against the wall a couple of times then tramples him. The inmate doesn't move nor does he retrieve the money. All the other inmates are on the opposite side of the arena and have obviously decided that it isn't worth $100 bucks.
So the above pictured inmate medical crew escort trampled/body slammed by a bull guy to the medic room directly below our seats. His face was mangled and swollen on one side almost to the point he couldn't open his eye. His shirt was torn, he had busted lips, and he was covered in the rodeo dirt/horse poop from the ring. It makes me wonder if the inmates practice beating each other up in preparation of Money the Hard Way. I'm sure it happens.
Round 2: no one even gets close the the bull.
Round 3: The announcer upped the ante and had all $300 bucks tied to the bull. All the inmates in "the cage" watching the event went wild although they don't look like it in this picture.
-Wild Horse Race - a three man/woman team of inmates are given a wild horse on a rope. They must saddle the horse and ride it across the arena in less than 3 minutes to win. Hard to describe so here is a video. Watch through till the end to see the best part.
It was the most exciting event of the evening. There was a documentary film crew there for the second year in a row filming this gladiator event. I will be watching that film. It was a great event and people drove in from all over the place. The arena was almost full and the weather was beautiful. I am happy that I got to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary system in this way.
1 down 49 to go.