J C Rodeo is a busy place.
Children, teenagers and adults combine for a rodeo experience at 346 Stabler Road, Swansea, nestled in the Sandy Run Community.
The site -- owned by Jim and Cindi Jackson, their son, Jacob Jackson and daughter, Erin Jackson Tackett -- was originally purchased in 2012 to raise longhorn cattle, Cindi said. That changed when grandsons Gabe and Aiden Tackett decided to get into the rodeo and had to travel in the Upstate to compete.
In 2014, the land was cleared for an arena for family, the community and especially to give local children and their families an opportunity to be in the rodeo and be involved together as a family, Cindi Jackson said.
“The best part of this is that it is a family event. The parents have to be involved, and they are the instructors, teachers and assistants,” she added. ”Rodeo children often have to take care of their own animals, which helps teach responsibility. When the children are riding sheep or calves, there are at least five or more men out there with them, running along beside them and treating them all like they were their own and making sure they are safe, protected and always getting a ‘high five’ for doing a good job.”
The site got its name from the J in Jim’s name and the C in Cindi’s – and also because J C stands for Jesus Christ, Mrs. Jackson said. Because of their faith in Jesus Christ, the arena was dedicated to use for God's glory. Due to the family atmosphere, no alcohol is allowed at the site.
Children and competitors up to age 19 compete for money or buckles in the youth rodeos. The winners go on to the next step up in different states to continue competing.
J C Rodeo Arena has hosted and will continue to host the S.C. High School Rodeo Association, National Barrel Horse Association, Sandy Run Bulls N' Barrels Association and the S.C. Youth Bull Riders Association.
On Dec. 2, the annual Bulls N Barrels Rumble in The Run will be held at J C Rodeo Arena with contestants and people from all over the United States converging on the site, Jackson said.
J C Rodeo is also to be featured in a movie, she said.
For the upcoming “Jessie James and the Long Black Train,” the crew came to J C Rodeo in September to film with several of the local children taking part.
More information can be found on J C Rodeo’s Facebook page.