The sound of thundering hooves and the best cowboys in the country return to DeKalb for Mike White event

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By Kenny Mitchell

It is that time again, as local cowboy and bull riding champion Mike White and his team of volunteers are set to pack the fields of the DeKalb Industrial Park for another weekend of thrilling rodeo action. The 9th annual Mike White Open to the World Pasture Roping and Invitational Bull Riding returns to DeKalb this Friday.
This year all the fun starts and the dirt starts flying on Friday morning, March 30, as the $10,00 added Open to the World Pasture Roping competition begins at 9 a.m. That will be followed by a 15x15 Pro-Am team roping competition, and then the day will end with the thrills of bull riding, right there at the Industrial Park at 7 p.m.
Mike says, “We will have some of the best NFR ropers anywhere this year. There will be a big lineup of NFR ropers, guys that you would see in Vegas. I am pretty excited about it. The open is growing every year and this will be one of the biggest turnouts yet.”
Ropers set to appear this Friday include Cody Snow, Broken Bow’s Clay Smith, All-Around American cowboy Wesley Thorp, Jade Corkill, three time National Finals roper Kinney Harrell, and a whole lot more of the best in the sport. 
The $5,000 added Mike White Open Invitational Bull Riding event will showcase 20 cowboys testing their skills against some of the best bulls in the business. Fans will get to see some bull riding cowboys that they see in the national standings. The event will also feature a live auction during the intermission, with the proceeds from the auction going to Ropin Dreams and some very special local folks dealing with illnesses. Those two local young folks that everyone knows, Scotty and Maddox, and two from Mike’s own family, Leah and Gail White. 
All of the auction item proceeds will be split between Maddox and Scott Akins. The auction will be during the bull riding, and will be both a live auction and a silent auction.

 Ropin Dreams is a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of putting smiles on the faces of children facing life changing illnesses and injuries. 
Auction items this year include a set of tickets to Cheyenne Frontier Days in July, a 2018 Kawasaki Mule, tickets to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, a Coats saddle and local donations from places like Kolby Holder’s 990 Tire and many more.
The fun and fast paced action continue on Saturday, with more pasture roping firing up again at 9 a.m. with the $10,000 added #12 Roping competition, and then the always fun Easter Egg hunt taking place later at 2 p.m. As always, Mike and his dedicated group of family and volunteers will have the fields at the park covered with thousands of eggs with big prizes this year being 4-wheelers, battery operated vehicles, and prize baskets.

There is a $5 gate fee for all of the events but little cowpokes 10 and under get in free.
For more information on the Mike White events, visit, email, or call (903) 277-7718.


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