New Offices, New Manager at Fred Smith Rodeo Arena

By Susan Etxebarria

BRIGHTON — Never again will rodeo officials have to hang out at the dusty ole’ offices at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena. A brand new office has been built that has a large covered porch to accommodate quite a few cowboys and cowgirls who drop by.

The office has been moved to a grassy area near the chain link fence where vendors have traditionally parked their large units. It is more visible and spacious office than the previous one room cabin.

And that’s not the only change.

Brighton’s Amos Tiger has taken over the management of the rodeo grounds. He has three full time staff members, Molleetha Gomez, Jesse Carter and Shawn McCormack, to assist him. They will handle the grounds, vendors, phones, set up and operations of the arena.

Tiger said that his goal is to try to make the arena more profitable. He said there will be more entertainment in the arena, in addition to the annual rodeos.

To kick off this year he said there will be a concert on Jan. 18, featuring famed country singer, Blake Shelton. Tickets are $25 at the gate. The gates are going to be open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Food will be available at the concession stand.

He said that the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Brighton Field Days will be held on Feb. 16–18. Then, in March, the Tribe will host an event known as Extreme Bull Riding which will be aired on ESPN.

Anyone who wants more information about these and other rodeo arena events can call Molleetha Gomez at the new Rodeo Arena Office at (863) 467-6039.