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Kanesha Jackson

Barrel Racer Kanesha Jackson Saddles Up For This weekend’s Hip Hop Cowboys in Mesquite

Kanesha Jackson Riding
Kortnee Jackson

Hip Hop Cowboys, the nation’s first event to combine the extreme sport of rodeo with a celebration of hip hop music, brings its high-energy show back to Mesquite Arena on Saturday, March 18. Live performances by Pokey Bear and Bishop Bullwinkle will complement the non-stop rodeo action, and the event will be hosted by Toya Wright, TV reality star, rapper, author, businesswoman and former wife of rapper Lil Wayne.

With a DJ spinning hit tunes from a variety of genres — hip-hop, R&B, gospel, blues and more — the extreme sport of rodeo takes center stage. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the region compete in rodeo events, including bull riding, team roping, ladies barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and the ever-popular relay races. Kids will be showcasing mutton bustin’ and junior bull riding.

One of the female athletes you will see Saturday night is Texas’ own Kanesha Jackson, a champion barrel racer who hails from a multi-generational rodeo family. Not only is she a champion in the rodeo, she’s an inspiration and an example for women everywhere. Here’s an inside look at her life…

Motherhood: Has a daughter, Kortnee, who started competing in rodeos at seven-years-old. One of the important lessons she tries to instill in her daughter is good sportsmanship; learn to be graceful. Jackson also encourages her daughter to try different things — dance, swimming, cheerleading, rodeo. 

Animal Lover: Currently, has five horses and three dogs. Her advice on good horsemanship is to listen to the horse. It will tell you everything you need to know. Follow your intuition. 

Rodeo Career: Competes on weekends March through August. She’s competed in Mesquite twice — 2014 and 2016. Jackson first started competing at six-years-old. Barrel racing involves both the rider and horse riding in a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels for the fastest time possible.

Full-time Career: An administrative assistant at Prairie View A&M

Free Time: Loves to read, swim, play basketball and volleyball, and spend time with her daughter including skating and bowling. Currently, Jackson is reading Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind Bible.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Showtime: 7 PM with doors opening at 6 PM                

Ticketing: Prices start at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. VIP boxes are available, and the first few rows of the 100-level seating section are assigned seats, while the rest is general admission

Where: Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149