GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - Of the 303 competitors in all events at the Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo, the roster shows Canadians, Brazilians, Australians and even New Zealanders.
"It's an interesting phenomenon," says Don Gay, Round-Up Color Analyst and eight time PRCA Bullriding Champion.
Rodeo has caught on in other countries and organizers say the round-up is a signature event for international cowboys to earn recognition in America.
John Farris has been a wrangler at the round-up for decades and he's seen international interest increase over the years.
"They're just as good as the American cowboys. They've been some Canadian champions and also New Zealand bull riders. They're good cowboys," says Farris.
And some are doing very well. Australian Cody Angland has become a top rider in the states, a sport that knows no international boundaries.
"The one thing you have is man against beast. There's absolutely no politics involved," explains Gay.
This has made Gladewater an international destination on the rodeo circuit.