The 61st Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo will undoubtedly deliver trademark excitement to rodeo fans across the state, but showcases extra kick as part of the mix in 2012.
This year onlookers will also have the opportunity to witness the best riders among the non-hoof variety, as the class acts in the world of motocross, Pro Tour FMX, splashes down for its Saddle Club debut with scheduled performances across the Oakdale Rodeo itinerary.
“This is extreme sports,” filmmaker and Oakdale saddle club board member Kevin Fox said. “It’s certainly different than any attraction we have ever had.”
Fox said the high-flying spectacle of Pro Tour FMX compares to the X-games style action the group is known for. Pro Tour FMX members D.J. Umphres and Brent Denton boast Arizona and California state motocross championships, and lead a group of riders that each represent over 15 years of experience in the sport.
The group is famed for stunts like seat grabs, holy grabs, rock solids, tsunami tricks, and the always popular back flip. These precarious maneuvers will unfold in front of an always boisterous crowd as rodeo fans get their first glimpse of a motocross team in the cowboy capital of the world.
The action promises thrills, danger and always entertaining showmanship to an event already rich in similar thrills.
The Pro Tour FMX riders will perform both Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, with shows at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds each afternoon.