NFR qualifier and IPRA World Champion Don W. Smith held a roping school at his house for local kids in 1988. James Lockhart was one of the kids that attended the school in 1988, he was 14.
Today, James Lockhart is a former State Representative and he’s hosting a calf roping school in the Heavener area. It’s the first one since 1988. He’s bringing another IPRA World Champion to teach local kids, Ken Bailey from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Ken has also recruited Blake Deckard to help as well. They have won or placed at every major rodeo in the US and Canada.
The cost of the school is $200. James says "that’s as cheap as we could make it for the kids. I wish I could’ve done it for $25, but stuff cost so much. After I pay the helpers, calves and the arena use we will break about even, he contended. I’m not wanting to make money, I’m just wanting these kids to have a chance to learn from the best like I did. Rodeo has been good to me and my family over the years. Ken and I were talking the other night and maybe this clinic will help some kid get a college scholarship one day."
The deadline to attend the roping school is July 15. Contact James Lockhart 918-232-6281 for more information.