Courtesy file photo by Walter Smith|
It's a long way to the ground for pro-bull rider Josh Edgell at the Longhorn Rodeo in Huntsville.
Rodeo is no bull for West Limestone coach
He's competing in his favorite pastime - steer wrestling
By Patrice Stewart
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This weekend, Clint Legg of Athens will get away from his coaching job and head to his favorite pastime: wrestling steers in a rodeo.
You can watch him and others compete for cash prizes in six different events at the Lornhorn World Championship Rodeo at the Von Braun Center arena in Huntsville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The show also will include trick riders and ropers and other entertaining acts.
The West Limestone High School football coach and physical education teacher installed lights in his home arena so he could practice with his bulldogging and hazing horses after dark when he gets home from ball practice.
This weekend, he will ride his bulldogging horse, while someone else will handle the hazing, or keeping the steer straight while Legg gets off his horse in the ring and throws or wrestles a steer to the ground.
Legg, 37, grew up with livestock and the rodeo business and has competed for about 10 years.
"I grew up watching my dad, Bill Legg, wrestle steers and going to rodeos with him as a kid," while his mom served as rodeo secretary and recorded entries. Now his parents and his wife and friends all help with his horses and practices.
"I really thought football was the way I wanted to go, but after I got done playing ball in high school and some in college, I needed to do something that was aggressive and fun," he said.
"Steer wrestling is 10 times better than anything I've ever done; it's tougher on my body, too, because you're going 30 miles an hour on a horse."
Legg, who likes to watch professional rodeo events on television, said he is 6 feet, 4 inches and about 150 pounds, "and there are not many sports someone my size can enjoy."
While those serious about the rodeo circuit compete all year in cities across the country, Legg skips the snowy-weather locations such as Ohio and Michigan while he's teaching.
"Each rodeo is different, but this one in Huntsville is a big one and by far my favorite," he said.
He said he hopes to compete in Tulsa in March, and then he will join the circuit to compete across the South in spring and summer while school is out. Sometimes an International Professional Rodeo Association first-place winner gets about $1,500, with other amounts going to those taking second through sixth place.
"A lot of times I don't win any money, but the fun of doing it means a lot," Legg said. "If I could make enough money wrestling steers, I wouldn't teach school."
If you go
What: Longhorn World Championship Rodeo
Where: Von Braun Center Arena, Huntsville
When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $12 in advance and $14 at show (or $26 VIP rate) on Friday, which is “Bargain Night”; $16 to $26 on Saturday; and $16 to $26 on Sunday, which is also “Family Day,” with those 12 and under and 62 and over getting in for half price.
Call: VBC at 551-2209 or Ticketmaster at (800) 277-1700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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