The 1st annual “Buck-Out” rodeo in memory of Lane “Bubba” Jaynes is set for Saturday, Aug. 15, as his father Gavin Jaynes looks to keep his son’s legacy alive.
The North Lamar student was 17-years old when he sustained head injuries from a motor vehicle accident in the early hours of June 1, on HWY 271 N. Bubba was flown from Paris to Dallas by AirEvac, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“He was a vibrant kid,” said his father. “He could walk into a room and bring life and laughter to it almost instantaneously.”
Because of his son’s outlook on life and “work-hard” work ethic, Jaynes wanted to ensure his legacy would always stay alive.
“I began talking with North Lamar about a scholarship in Lane’s name. Because I wanted to be a part of the selection process, I needed to raise $5,000,” he said. “So what better way to raise the money than with a jackpot rodeo in the sport that he loved the most.”
Although Jaynes is still working on the scholarship details, he said that there would be only one winner each year. A student from a low-income family who, if not for a scholarship, would be unable to further their education.
“He liked all kinds of people; he was friends with kids who were worse off than he was, and better off than he was. But they all were hard-workers and strived to be better. This is why it is important for me that local kid who needs some help to get where they want to-will ultimately end up with a scholarship in Lane’s memory,” he said.
Jaynes has secured several stock contractors for the jackpot including with Hale, Hicks McCracken Bucking Bulls, Bennett Bucking Bulls, Strode Bucking Bulls, Stacey Hatcher Bucking Bulls, McFarland Bucking Bulls, L3 Bucking Bulls, JNS Bucking Bulls and Medcalf Bucking Bulls.
“I’m very excited about the event,” he said. “We are going to have stock for all levels of riders available on the night.”
Jaynes added that he’d received word already of several PBR bull riders, college bull riders, and other association professionals who are making their way to the jackpot. Stating it will be “luck of the draw” with the winners on the night.
“I’ve also got around a dozen female bull rider’s coming to the event, which is fantastic as these girls will go head-to-head with the boys,” he said. “This will be a great event for locals to come down and enjoy; there will be plenty of action in the arena.”
Jaynes said he would also buck-out in the bronc event in memory of his son, before working the arena with friend Gilly Flautt as one of the pick-up men.
#lanestrong t-shirts and koozies will also be available on the night for purchase to help with the fundraising efforts for the scholarship. Jaynes advised that if they run out, there will be order forms on-site to ensure no one misses out.
The event will take place at the Paris Rodeo Arena on Aug. 15, with the event kicking off at 7 p.m.
Gate entry will be $8 per person; children six-years-old and under are free.
Entry fees for riders are $75, with a 50 percent payback. Payouts and buckles will be for the top three riders of the night.
Those who want to compete in the mini-bulls (open to ages 7-12 years-old or 120 lbs and under), bulls and broncs divisions can call Gavin Jaynes to nominate on 903-715-4346. Entries to compete will be taken up to 30-min before the first buck-out of the chutes.
“This is really about celebrating who Bubba was and what he loved to do. This year we are starting with bucking stock, and next year we hope to add team roping to the jackpot,” said Jaynes.