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I was captivated listening to Johns story, steeped in legendary Rodeo history. Join me as I talk with John Growney one of the hardest working men in Rodeo. John has a passion & drive for everything Rodeo & Cowboy working tirelessly to help ensure the growth and future of our sport. Growney Brothers Rodeo Company started in 1977 and has put on amateur rodeos, high school, college and pro rodeos every since.
In 1983 John purchased the bull Red Rock and started bucking him in PRCA rodeos. An interesting fact about Red Rock was that outside the arena he was dog gentle & loved to be scratched. Red Rock was retired after the 1987 National Finals Rodeo, unridden in 309 attempts but his retirement was short lived. In 1988, John Growney created the “Challenge of the Champions.” This seven-ride match pitted Red Rock, 1987 PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year, against Lane Frost, 1987 world bull riding champion, portrayed in the critically acclaimed 1994 movie “8 Seconds”. Frost finished with a 4-3 advantage, but it did more to Red Rock’s fame than his previous 309-0 record. Red Rock was retired at the Growney Brothers Ranch in Red Bluff, California. You won’t want to miss this Episode!
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