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Trick rider Cox to perform at Franklin Rodeo

Trick rider Gena Cox raised Hank the bull from a calf.
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There’s a name for person who, when riding a perfectly good horse, would prefer to hang off the side, drag a hand in the dirt or hang off the back: A trick rider.

And Gena Cox is one of those types of people. She gets her thrills from trick riding, and is the entertainer for the Franklin Rodeo. Fans can expect her to do tricks such as the hippodrome, Cossack death drag, the one-foot drag, spin the horn, the forward fender, Apache hideaway and the liberty stand.

While growing up in Ohio, she and her sister loved to be around horses and playing around, “doing silly stuff like standing on top of them.”

In high school, she went to a rodeo, saw trick riders, and decided she wanted to do it. After finding someone to teach her the basics, she was on her way. At her first rodeo, her saddle broke and she fell off. “I’m never doing this again,” she said.

Now, 10 years later, she’s traveling the nation, entertaining fans at rodeos, and loving it.
“I’ve always loved animals,” she said. “When I was 6, I was training my puppy to do tricks.”

Her pet bull Hank will also come to Franklin. Hank, a “big giant pet” that weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, can be ridden and is a celebrity in his own right. His mother died when he was a baby, and Gena tried to get him to take a bottle. He never did, and it stunted his growth. Now he loves being in the spotlight at rodeos, parades, and on television.

The rodeo will take place May 16-18 at the Williamson County AgExpo Center. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets are $17, and $10 for children ages 8 and under.

Posted on: 5/16/2013


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