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Young bull riders pray, then ride

By Bob Campbell bcampbell@oaoa.comMay 26, 2019

It makes sense to pray before you try to ride a wild animal and that’s what members of the Texas Christian Junior Bull Riders do.

A concept that appears to be enjoying the benefit of good timing, the TCJBR has garnered more than 200 members statewide since an Odessa couple founded it in 2012.

Some of the animals are wilder than others, ranging from sheep to calves for the youngsters and steers and bulls for the bigger cowboys, but one of the organization’s consistencies is acknowledging the presence of God and asking for his protection.

State Director DeeDee Dunda of Odessa, who started the TCJBR with her husband Gary, said overly demonstrative parents are strongly discouraged. “We gave a parent a warning in the southeast region and then banned her for two years,” Dunda said.

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