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From left, Gabby, Trevor and Lexi Graham, daughters and sons of 77th Annual Rodeo entrepreneur Gerry, show off the awards they won this summer at a high school rodeo competition. Photo submitted

GERRY – Livestock contractor and producer of the 77th Annual Gerry Painted Pony Championship Rodeo is so much more than a business, it’s truly a way of life for the entire Graham family.

Dad Shawn and Mom Shana have always loved rodeo, as they both rodeoed in their early years. Twelve years ago they had the opportunity to purchase the Painted Pony Rodeo in Lake Lucerne and made it a full time family business as they produce about 50 rodeos a year in the eastern states and up ‘in Florida.

They now have over 100 heads of outstanding bucking bulls and horses on their ranch where, in addition to their thousands of miles of travel each year to other locations, they host a rodeo and barbecue every weekend. summer.

Shawn and Shana now have three children who have grown up in the rodeo atmosphere, helping out with the ranch’s chores, owning their own horses and attending dozens of rodeos each year. Gabby, 16, Lexi, 14, and Trevor, 13, recently started riding youth rodeos sponsored by the New York State High School Rodeo Association where, recently, the three won “all around” honors in their age group, an award given to the competitor who earns the most points by participating in at least two events. New York is one of 45 states and five Canadian provinces that have a high school rodeo association.

By finishing in the top four in New York, Lexi and Trevor qualified to compete in the High School National Finals in Perry, Georgia, while Gabby qualified for the High School National Finals in Gillette, Wyoming. an event that brings together 1,500 high school competitors. There, Gabby finished 31st out of 200 barrel racers.

The Graham family will arrive early next week with several semi-loads of stock and equipment to produce a professional rodeo that includes more than 200 cowboys and cowgirls vying for a share of the $50,000 prize in the eight events of traditional rodeo. Also featured are the famous beef barbecue dinners and a midway with over 20 vendors.

The rodeo runs next Wednesday through Saturday, August 3-6, at 8 p.m. each night, with dinners served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional information is available on the rodeo website or by phone at 716-985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847.

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