Central Carroll: Bull riding competition coming to Ag Center

Jay Peachey is thrown from a bull during a competition in 2013 at the J Bar W Ranch. Sonny Williams, J Bar W Ranch owner, is running a bullriding compeition on consecutive Saturday nights at the Carroll County Agriculture Center's Shipley Arena, on Feb. 24 and March.
Jay Peachey is thrown from a bull during a competition in 2013 at the J Bar W Ranch. Sonny Williams, J Bar W Ranch owner, is running a bullriding compeition on consecutive Saturday nights at the Carroll County Agriculture Center's Shipley Arena, on Feb. 24 and March. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

Some of the best bull riders in the nation are coming to Westminster for two Saturday nights of exhilarating bull riding on bucking bulls. The event begins with bull riding on Saturday evening, Feb. 24 and finishes up with the championships on Saturday, March 3.

Attendees can watch top bull riders from the International Bull Riders Association compete aboard fiercely bucking bulls, inside the Shipley Arena, located at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.


According to Sonny Williams, owner of J Bar W Ranch in Union Bridge and the man who runs the show, there will be more than 30 bulls in the first round on either night, with the top 10 riders coming back for a second round, riding the top 10 bulls.

Williams said two certified judges will score rides for a possible 100 points, scoring both the bull and the rider, 50 points for each. The rider is judged on how well he stays in control. The bulls are scored how high they buck, changes of directions, extensions and how hard they kick or twist, making them harder to stick to.


“Usually one hand is roped in and the other one is free and kept up for balance,” Williams said. “Riders should not be falling to the side. They can’t touch the bull and they must ride one-handed.”

On both nights, a free Little Wranglers Rodeo offers kids a chance to try out their roping skills at a roping station or to ride on a simulated hand-operated bucking bull. There are also stick horses and barrels for barrel racing. Kids can sign up for mutton busting, too. There’s a $5 fee to enter the mutton busting. Eight children’s names will be drawn from a hat to compete, riding sheep in the ring. The top rider wins the $40 pot.

In between bull rides, audiences will be entertained by a rodeo clown. They’ll also see bull-fighter clowns in the ring during the rides, working hard to divert the bulls once riders have lost their seat.

“No matter how many shows you’ve been to it is always different because you are dealing with animals,” Williams said. “Different cowboys get on different bulls, so you will not see the same cowboy and bull combinations. It keeps it exciting.”


Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. but come early because the bleachers fill up fast.

The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free to children under age six. Food and drink available for purchase.

For more information, call 410-848-6704.

The Carroll County Agriculture Center and Shipley Arena are located at 706 Agriculture Center Drive in Westminster.

Bingo for North Carroll Community School

A cash bingo will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 23, at North Carroll Community School, 401 Stone Road in Westminster.

“We are really excited that this year we are holding this inside at our brand-new campus,” said Aubry Mortimer, marketing and development coordinator at the school. “In the past we’ve had to hold it off-site. It’s not only to have a bingo event but also to show off our new school.”

Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include 20 regular games with prizes ranging from $50 to $100 per game. Additional game cards can be purchased for $5 a pack on the day of the event.

In addition to regular games, there will be four special Showstopper games with special prizes, valued at $250 or more each, and a Jackpot Game with a $1,000 prize. Showstopper games will cost $3 per card or four cards for $10. The Jackpot game costs $5 per card.

Look for a basket raffle as well with tickets costing $2, or three tickets for $5. Mortimer said each basket will be filled with donated items, things like Scentsy, something from Parks and Rec, LuLaRoe, Thirty-One and other neat items. And 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold as well, for $1 per ticket.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with games beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food will be sold throughout the evening, including hot dogs – with or without sauerkraut, barbeque, meatball subs, walking tacos, chips and candy and hot and cold beverages.

All proceeds benefit the North Carroll Community School.

“This will help us keep the cost of our tuition down for students,” Mortimer said. “We try to keep our tuition as low as possible, offering more diversity. We use these fundraisers to offset the cost.”

For more information, call Mortimer at 410-386-0655 or email Aubry@nccs.school. You can also check them out on the web at www.nccsbingo.com.

Monday Night Music

McDaniel College’s Monday Night Music Series presents adjunct lecturer, David Duree on clarinet and saxophone and senior lecturer, Linda Kirkpatrick on flute for an evening of music inside the college’s McDaniel Lounge on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

Monday Night Music at McDaniel College features faculty musicians performing a variety of genres in a lecture-recital format. It’s always free and open to the public.

Duree performs with the Two Rivers Chambers Orchestra, the Hood Chamber Players, MISTRAL Woodwind Quintet, and the Dumale Trio, and he has recorded for Centaur Records.

Kirkpatrick is the current director of Flute Cocktail, a 20-piece flute choir based in Columbia, Maryland, and she’s been a member of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir.

On Monday, March 5, the Monday Night Music series will feature adjunct faculty member, Nick Reider on Trumpet. Reider has performed with Grammy Award winning artists, The Isley Brothers and the B-52s. He’s been performing and teaching trumpet in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas for the past 17 years and has been a featured soloist in the Westminster Symphony Orchestra and the Carroll County Jazz Ensemble.

The College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster.

For more information about these shows and upcoming Monday Night Music performances, call 410-857-2599 or visit www.mcdaniel.edu for information about the college and the music department.

Seeking Vendors

If you are a horse person, now is the time to clean out the tack room, so you can sell supplies and gear you no longer need. The 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County is gearing up for their March 18, Horse Fair and Tack Sale and they are looking for vendors.

4-H TRP sale will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster. Vendors with anything horse-related are welcome. New and used tack, equipment, riding clothing, supplies, books, artwork and more will be sold at this event.

Spaces are 10 x 20 foot and cost $40 with a fee of $30 each for additional spaces. For more information or to reserve a space, email Karen at trp4h@comcast.net.

Also look for a Shots and Coggins Clinic. Those who are interested can make a reservation now to have equine shots done on the trailer by contacting Mary at mstheretreat99@gmail.com or by calling her at 443-465-7809.