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Betty Mae Jumper, Bill Osceola rodeos light up Hollywood Reservation

HOLLYWOOD — The 2020 season of the Eastern Rodeo Indian Association kicked off in early February.

The series will make stops at Seminole reservations throughout the coming months.

Hollywood led off the season with two weekends of action-packed riding in the rodeo arena tucked in the southeast corner of Seminole Estates.

The annual Betty Mae Jumper Memorial Rodeo on Feb. 1 and the Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo on Feb. 8 were held on consecutive Saturdays.

Each featured afternoon sessions with kids ranging from age 4 to late teens, some learning the skills of rodeo for the first time while others honed their already-established talents.

Nightfall brought on the lights and brought out the adults.

For the first time at the rodeos in Hollywood, the nearby Guitar Hotel was lit up, providing an impressive backdrop for the cowboys and cowgirls.

Some of the early season standouts through two rodeos included Jaylee Wilcox, who opened the junior barrels season with a win at the Betty Mae and second place at the Bill Osceola.

Robbie Inman was a double winner at the Betty Mae as he finished first in senior breakaway and senior team roping.

Bryton Edmondson won steer wrestling in both rodeos.

Blevyns Jumper won calf roping at the Betty Mae and finished second in steer wrestling.

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