The Williston Horseman’s Park, just south of Williston on Highway 41, is host to three major rodeos during the year.

The Pee Wee Mercer benefit rodeo is held annually in early February. All proceeds are dedicated to the care of Pee Wee Mercer, a local man, once a champion bull rider, who was thrown from a bull and left a quadriplegic many years ago. Still a vital part of the community in which he grew up, Pee Wee authored a book, “The Last Ride,” about his rodeo career, assisted by noted Florida author Patrick Smith.

In April, the park hosts the highly competitive High School rodeo, sponsored by the Florida High School Rodeo Association. Opened with a grand parade, the event includes barrel racing, calf roping, bareback riding and team roping. This event draws competitors from all over the state.

In October, the PRCA-sanctioned rodeo comes to town. It includes calf-roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Its generous purses draw participants from all of Florida and neighboring states.

The Williston Horseman’s Association is a year-round organization offering equestrian training and events for residents of the region. The Horseman’s Park is host to monthly pleasure and speed shows; it’s also the site of Williston’s July 3 Independence Day celebration.

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