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Bill Pickett Championship Rodeo - Soul Rodeo in the DMV

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Bill Pickett Championship Rodeo

The all-black Bill Pickett Rodeo -- named after the first famous black rodeo rider- makes its annual stop in Washington D.C. on Sept 23-24, 2011, is part of its national circuit of events. Many black cowboys and cowgirls from around the country participated in this wonderful event.  This year the US Black Cavalry Family and NOVA Buffalo Soldiers MC attended this annual event.

Some of the Bill Pickett riders compete in only the black rodeos many complete in as many as they can find.  Many are members of in open Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events as well.

Some people just do not understand that people of color invented the cowboy and cow girl. Well at the Bill Picket Rodeo you will see a amazing display if skill from the men and the women.

 Many of the cowboys who compete in the Bill Pickett events say they earn enough prize money to pay for their expenses and then some, even when it means traveling thousands of miles. It's not just a hobby, they say. It's a lifestyle.  "It's was amazing to me and other people that there are black people that ride horses," and to see them men and women riding like that was outstand my hat off to the participates and the organizers for doing a wonderful and amazing job. After the show we were even invited to and attended the after show party and party we did. The Bill Pickett circuit is so, important as it is showing us our black history.

 "It shows that it's not just a white thing."  

This is a new generation of black horsemen and women. A legacy for the future generation of riders.

Hats off to the ‘Black Ambassador for Rodeo'