America’s oldest black rodeo, the Okmulgee Roy LeBlanc Invitational Rodeo, is celebrating its 65th Anniversary this year…. Please Join Us
"My dad wanted to keep this rodeo going and if he were alive...I know he would."
– Kenneth LeBlanc, News On 6, 2013
Kenneth LeBlanc is a third generation cowboy and rodeo promoter. His grandfather, Charles LeBlanc, helped start a black rodeo in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Kenneth’s father, Roy LeBlanc, competed and promoted the rodeo. The Roy LeBlanc Okmulgee Rodeo was named in his honor. Kenneth began riding bulls when he was fourteen. He changed to steer wrestling. Kenneth made the finals of the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA). LeBlanc said, “The thing about the Okmulgee rodeo, the reason we keep it an all Black invitational rodeo is that so many places we went had Black cowboys. People don’t realize now that there are Black cowboys and that’s the thing I want to keep alive.”