Rodeo memorializes dream of Antonio Esparza

The 4th Annual Antonio’s Dream Arena Memorial Rodeo will be held Sept. 20-21 at 8 pm nightly. Events include bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, ranch bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping and hometown barrel racers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

The arena, located at 10867 Hwy. 1, is the fulfillment of a dream Antonio Esparza had ever since he was a boy. Antonio passed away four years ago, but his mother Pam made sure his dream came true last year by hosting the inaugural rodeo in his

Antonio always loved going to the rodeo when he was growing up. He especially loved to watch the bull riding. His dream was to raise bulls and own an arena. He was looking at buying land to make this dream a reality when he passed away. Pam bought the exact piece of land Antonio wanted and constructed an arena in his memory.

The arena is also a tribute to the special bond Antonio shared with his friends, the late Brandon Boyd, the late Todd Roque, the late Blaine Foshee. and Rusty Moss. These cowboys are all rodeoing in heaven together. A special feature at this year’s rodeo will be a balloon release in their honor Friday night at the opening ceremonies.

The Sabine River Rodeo Company will provide stock and cowboys. The LA Rodeo Cowboy Association and the Tri-State Rodeo Association will participate. PRCA entertainer Dwayne Poteet will provide the entertainment. For more information, contact Pam Esparza at 318-471-9996.