Western Rodeo Company, led by Mr. Ted Groene, will once again be the featured stock contractor for the 2020 Lakeside Rodeo.
Outstanding stock, professional crews and a dedication to the sport of rodeo is what sets Western Rodeo Company above the rest!
Ted Groene was born in 1961 and raised near Clayton, Calif., which
is located northeast of the Bay Area. That area of the state all the way down the Central Coast is
known for cattle and ranching. According to Groene, the area has a
large cowboy population.
And Groene is definitely a cowboy. He grew up around horses all his life, was involved in 4H and as
a freshman in high school, he got involved with the rodeo team,
where he immediately took to bullfighting.
In fact, he fought bulls from 1979 to 1994. His bullfighting
career ended as the PBR was just beginning, so he mainly fought at
PRCA events throughout his career.
In 1993, he was 32 years old when he had a bull hook him in the
face. He ruptured his right eye and crushed the eye socket. And
while that injury put an end to his bullfighting career, he had
already long since been involved on the production side of the
sport. He had been working nearly fulltime for Western Rodeo during the
week and working with Robinson - as far back as the mid-80s - when
he wasn't fighting bulls.
Ted Groene said, "... I think being around the livestock, handling the
livestock, being with it and working it made me a better
bullfighter because you could get to reading the livestock better.
You could read livestock and a lot of guys can't really do
"If you can read livestock, it puts you in a better
Western Rodeo will definitely be bringing top quality stock to the 2018 Lakeside Rodeo, producing an fast paced, professional event for each of the 4 performances.