By Judy Wade
Six-year-old K. J. Perkins stands 45 inches tall and weighs 43 pounds, but he doesn’t know he is a little guy. He rides a big horse—14.2 hands—and competes with others much older than he is. K. J. was named for his great-grandfathers, Kenneth Mays and John Taliaferro.
A member of Mid-South Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA), he competes in barrels, poles, mutton bustin’ and goats. At this year’s finals at Duncan during the Labor Day weekend, he qualified in the top 15 in all four events. Prior to the finals, K. J. had already won 11 buckles—six riding sheep, two in dummy ropings, two association finals buckles and one in a calf scramble—plus spurs and other prizes.
K.J. was so excited to win his first saddle at the MRCA finals by being the years’ winner in the mutton bustin’. He was also reserve all-around in his age group, tied for the mutton bustin’ average at the finals, and was in the top five in all four events. He won three more buckles in addition to the saddle—quite an accomplishment for a six-year-old.
Also a member of Youth Bull Riders Association, at this year’s finals in Abilene, Texas, K. J. won third in the first round of button bustin’, competing with 52 other riders from all over the United States and several foreign countries.
Read more in the October issue of OKFR!