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New trick riding act brings more excitement to Sikeston Rodeo


The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo kicks of Wednesday night.

There will be all the rodeo events: bull riding, roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing each night. Plus, there will be bull fighting on Thursday night and, new to the rodeo this year, is the trick riding.

“It’s girls in sparkles doing crazy things on horses,” said Jessica Blair, a Trick and Roman rider.

Jessica and her partner will perform every night at the rodeo.

“I go down through some fire torches and I split them between my legs and that always seems to get everybody’s attention,” Blair said.

Jessica Blair does a daring riding style called Roman Riding.

“Where I’ll be standing on each horse, one foot on each and I’ll be going at a high rate of speed, working them through obstacles with fire and going through a fire hoop at the end,” Blair said.

Her partner, Madison MacDonald, is one of professional rodeo’s best trick riders.

“Hanging off the side and jumping from side to side and standing on top,” Blair said.

Jessica says with a job like hers, you have to be ready for anything.

“Sometimes that jump goes bad, I mean, it’s horses and fire. It’s not 100 percent that’s why it’s rodeo, you know, we wreck just like everybody. And you go and you get your horses and you go and you do it again,” Blair said.

Jessica says it’s the love of the job that gives her courage for each stunt.

“To be able to go this as a job and a hobby is just a huge blessing,” Blair said.  

Concerts also get underway every night after the rodeo. Wednesday night is Cole Swindell, Thursday is Joe Diffie, Friday night is Chris Young, and Saturday night is Aaron Lewis.

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