Rodeo Thrills in Jax

Rodeo// by Avery Harter

Cowboy up, y'all. The rodeo is coming to Jacksonville!

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is welcoming the Atlantic Coast Stampede, presented by Cinch Jeans & Shirts, to the River City for the first time. On March 4 and 5, the South's best cowboys and cowgirls will take the ring for various competitions including trick riding, bull riding and tie-down roping.

“Rodeo is a lifestyle,” says Bill Fitzgerald of Western Events Rodeo Consulting and Event Planning of Franklin, Tennessee, promoter of the Atlantic Coast Stampede and an All American Pro Rodeo Series board member. “It's about God, Family, Country, and Community. We love bringing rodeo fun— clowns, bull and bronc riding, and trick riders— to families and kids. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility and its folks have been great to work with. It's the first time we've brought this rodeo to Jacksonville but it won't be the last!”

Each night is themed - Armed Forces night on Friday and Children's night on Saturday - with a portion of the proceeds being donated each night to Wish for our Heroes and Wolfson Children's Hospital, respectively.

Doors open at 6 and the fun starts at 8. General Admission seating is $15 and $10 for children 10 and under. For more information visit and