After 30 years in the rodeo business, Sankey Pro Rodeo is exploring new horizons yet again.
Springboarding off his years as a rodeo contestant at the highest level of the sport, Ike Sankey combined what he had learned about rodeo as a business with his livestock skills and work ethic to create his vision of a rodeo company. Focusing not only on quality livestock, but also event production and spectator experience, Sankey Rodeo Company flourished.
Over the years the company has been blessed with 4 Saddle Bronc of the Year PRCA awards, 12 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year nominations and numerous PRCA and Montana Circuit awards. Additionally, Sankey Rodeo Company livestock is featured annually at he Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and have been featured on ESPN, USA Today, Western Horseman and CMT. Over $225,000 is won on Sankey Rodeo Company livestock annually.
A family affair from the start, recently Ike and Roberta welcomed son, Wade, and daughter, Ryan, in as full partners and in 2013 Sankey Rodeo Company joined forces with renowned stock contractor Jeff Robinson to create Sankey Pro Rodeo.
Jeff was born and raised in Mars Hill, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina before starting what he describes as an “uneventful” career as a rodeo contestant. This lackluster performance in the arena lead him to follow his true passion for the sport:
This passion, and a keen eye for bull quality, rocketed him to the top of the game and produced the 2007 PBR Bull of the Year and Bull of the PBR Finals, Chicken on a Chain. A slew of top 5 finalists followed including, I’m a Gangster, VooDoo Child, Super Duty, Gunpowder and Lead, After the Pain and Rango. Along the way Jeff gathered an unprecedented 4 PBR Stock Contractor of the Year awards.
Combining the legacy of Sankey Rodeo Company’s outstanding bucking horses with Jeff Robinson’s world class bulls and a committed focus on fast paced, exciting, family entertainment, Sankey Pro Rodeo with Robinson Bulls is poised to expand the concept of what rodeo can be.