Cowboys and Cowgirls Compete in Country's Only Touring Black Rodeo Competition
The Bill Pickett Rodeo, founded by Lu Vason in 1984, celebrates the history and contributions African-Americans have made to the rodeo.
Lindon Demery carries the flag into the arena at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo in Memphis, Tennessee on March 31, 2017.
Charles Barrett competes in the bulldogging event. Bill Pickett, a black cowboy born in 1870 in Texas, created the rodeo move which is also known as steer wrestling.
Anthony Monts repairs a spur on his son's boot.
Competitors listen to the national anthem before the start of competition.
Jason Griffin rides in the bronc competition.
Linda Knight participates in the steer undecorating competition.
Anissa Platt, 18, from Plant City, Florida visits with her horse after competing in the barrel racing event.
Jamil Hunt shares a saddle with his son Jamil Hunt Jr.,6, as they prepare to ride into the arena for the start of competition.
Bull rider Anthony Monts Jr. stretches before his ride.
A cowgirl participates in the barrel race competition.
Tory Johnson participates in the bull dogging competition.
Harrel Williams Jr. competes in the junior barrel racing event.
The rodeo's logo is engraved in a competitor's saddle.
Competitors warm up at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.
Participants leave the arena following a day of competition.
Steve Green competes in the calf roping event.
Cowboys hand off the baton in the relay race competition.
Harold Williams Jr., 4, watches the arena before the start of competition.
CORRECTION (June 5, 3:02 p.m.): An earlier version of the headline on this article incorrectly described the Bill Pickett Rodeo. It is the country's only touring black rodeo competition, not the country's only black rodeo.