When Heath “Hooter” Boswell stepped into the rodeo arena at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur Sept. 7, he never expected to leave on a stretcher.
The 22-year rodeo veteran had stepped between a thrown rider and a bull – Giggle Drops – when the beast ran over him, stepping on his face. It crushed everything from his lower eye sockets down.
After a lengthy hospital stay, he is now home and awaiting his second surgery, scheduled for the first week of November.
“His spirits are great,” said Kim Stepp with Big L Rodeo Co. Boswell had worked for Big L for 15 years.
“He knows the reason he’s here is by the grace of God, and he knows he’s a walking testimony,” Stepp said.
Boswell and his wife, Lisa, have no medical insurance and to help with expenses their rodeo family has come together and planned a fundraiser.
The event, dubbed Helping Hooter, is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, at the Bridgeport Rodeo Arena. Saturday’s main attraction is a team roping. Books open at 9:30 a.m., and the roping will start at noon. Winners will receive handmade buckles.
Saturday night the celebration continues at Red’s Take 5, 101 Industrial Rd., in Bridgeport 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Organizers have lined up bands for the indoor and outdoor stages.
Those scheduled to perform on the inside stage are the Jimmy Stephens one-man band and Brandon Gentry. Any other acoustic players are also welcome to come play and sing.
Those playing the outdoor stage include FEZZENT 8 to 8:45 p.m., Dan Creel and THG 9 to 9:45, .50 THICK 10 to 10:45 p.m., Whiskey River Ramblers 11 to 11:45 p.m., Colt West Band midnight to 12:45 a.m. and Sonny Burgess 1 to 2 a.m.
Cost is $10. To RSVP, call 940-683-4002.
On Sunday, the events return to the arena with church service 9 to 11 a.m. Denton County Cowboy Church and Pastor Jeff Tackett will host the service and will be assisted by Scott Mendez, 1997 PRCA Champion bull rider and founder of Western Harvest Ministries.
Afternoon events include a bull riding at 2 p.m. To enter, call-in to Big L Rodeo Co. at 580-276-5606 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Handmade buckles will be awarded to the winners.
There will also be mutton bustin’ for the youngest cowboys and cowgirls, as well as a calf scramble for two age groups: 6 and under and 7 to 12. There will also be a ladies steer scramble for women age 18 and older.
The event will also include a variety of kids’ activities including bounce houses, stagecoach rides, dummy roping and clown face painting, just to name a few.
“There will be tons and tons of kids activities,” said Stepp. “We want everybody to have a really good time.”
Several PRCA and PBR personalities are also scheduled to appear and help with the fundraiser.
PBR bullfighters Frank Newsom and Lyndell Runyan are going to work the bull riding Sunday, and PRCA Funnymen GizMo McCracken, Dwane Poteet and Cameron Keeton will perform their acts throughout the weekend.
Organizers are selling tickets for a gun …
If you would like to volunteer at the event or make a donation to the auction, call Kim Stepp at 580-775-4701.
Also, monetary donations can be made at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.