The 11th annual Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition Bold Enough Challenge Rodeo was held at Triple Creek Park in Gallatin last weekend. The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition, a local non-profit agency that combats substance abuse and dependency problems throughout the county. 

“Our programs are primarily funded by one federal and two state grants that have restrictions on how they may be used,” says Kit Sinyard, executive director of the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition. “The funds raised by the rodeo are unrestricted, so we can use them for a variety of purposes, including vaping and marijuana education in local schools. This year, we were also able to use rodeo monies to help purchase a new narcotics dog for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department.”

The family-friendly rodeo featured competitors from across the southeast and was sanctioned by both the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) and the Southeaster Professional Rodeo Association (SPRA).  The rodeo logistics were managed by the Hedrick Rodeo Company out of Madisonville, Tenn.

Professional cowboys and cowgirls thrilled the crowd on consecutive nights by competing in a variety of activities, including bronco riding, calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding.  In addition to the rodeo, the event offered several fun activities for guests, including a mechanical bull, pony rides, merchandise, information booths and a variety of food and drink trucks.

Thanks to mild weather and large crowds, this year’s rodeo raised over $20,000 to help fund coalition programs.

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