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‘Bullbreaker’ and ‘Cowman’ Gray looks to Friday night

Shoulders annual two-day rodeo nears

Henryetta’s own “Bullbreaker” and “Cowman” bull rider Arley Gray will make a special appearance during the 13th annual Jim Shoulders Roundup Rodeo this weekend. Gray will draw a bull on Friday night with the goal of riding for at least 8 seconds. Looking back a decade, Gray started his bull-riding career when he visited World Champion Bull Rider Terry Don West’s ranch in Henryetta. “I had a sponsor lined up, Nancy and Doug Wadley who own Shoney’s,” Gray said. “They wanted to see me ride before they kicked in the cash. I picked an early draw and at the time the Wadleys were on their way back from a trip, but were hung up at the Tulsa airport.”

Gray said he went ahead and rode the bull, for an astonishing 69 minutes, as he awaited a visit from the Wadleys.

“Terry Don was pretty upset. He said I ruined the bull and blames me for it,” Gray said.

During the recent interview of Gray for Henryetta Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Chatter,” Roy Madden asked what the outcome of that bull ride was.

Gray said the bull finally just laid down. “He was a bull when I started riding him and became a cow when I stopped.”

Madden also asked what happens when Gray sees the bull now.

“When I shake a bull rope at him, he automatically lays down,” Gray said.

“But again you’re not a cowboy - you’re a cowman, you’re not a bull rider - you’re a bull breaker and what comes after bull talker?” Madden asked.

Gray responded with a grin as he said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Not only Madden, but many others are looking forward to seeing Gray show off his skills on opening night of the rodeo.

“I’m in it to see Arley Gray ride a bull to the ground,” Madden said.

The two-day rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. nightly at the Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo Arena at Historic Nichols Park in Henryetta.

Mutton-Busting for ages 8 and under will be held prior to the rodeo each night at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices include $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and children age 5 and under will be admitted for free.

Discount tickets are available at the following businesses: Paul’s Western Store, Jiffy Mart, Coalton Shavings & Feed, Hiatt Window & Glass and Henryetta Chamber.

“I think we need to come together collectively, not only as a community, but as a nation for this bull I’m about to draw on Friday,” Gray said.

Gray resides in Henryetta with his daughter/manager/trainer, Aubrey. He is employed as the City of Henryetta Street Superintendent. There is no doubt that the rodeo will be an entertaining and fun event for not only the professional and amateur participants, but for all the fans and spectators who plan to attend.

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