The NG

There are a few things we know – a couple of them only recently learned – about Union City Police Chief Cobie Wells. 

He is us a man of great faith who is all about family. He’s a fearless man who is willing to stare down danger everyday in both his job in law enforcement and in private life. He’s dedicated to improving the community by donating countless volunteer hours. These things about Cobie can be asserted by nearly everyone in the Union City community. 

But did you know – did you know – that this man with a badge has always had an itch to be a cowboy? 

“If I wasn’t a cop, he said. “I would want to be a cowboy.” 

Chief Wells is going to get his chance on Saturday, Aug. 15 in Harter Park for the inaugural Union City’s “Cops and Cowboys” Championship Rodeo, an event that is the result of his desire to create a safe and entertaining event for the community as well as honor police officers. At some point during the many rodeo events, Wells will mount a bucking bull, and using one hand, attempt to remain in the saddle for the goal of eight seconds. 

“That’s the goal,” says Cobie, who revealed he attempted this dangerous stunt last fall and lasted two seconds. 

Wells said he wanted to try to ride the bull to show that in spite of the coronavirus, “people need to get out there and not let fear stop you.” 

“Most people know that I am a religious man and one of my favorite bible verses is Joshua 1:9 (“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”) 

“There have been a lot of things that have been canceled here in Randolph County. It seemed like our youth were hit harder than anybody else. So I just thought about all the open space in Harter Park and trying to figure out something we could to bring something here and have it in the park. It started out to be small, but it kind of morphed into a full-blown rodeo. I think people are ready for something like this.” 

The rodeo, staged by the 3 Bar J Ranch and Rodeo and sanctioned by the Indiana Professional Rodeo Association, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. There will be two shows that feature bareback bronc, saddle bronc, bull riding, team roping, tie down roping, barrel racing and more, including a clown to add even more fun and entertainment. 

Admission is free for 5-and-under, $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased din advance. 

“We have a lot of people in Union City who are community-minded and are helping to make this happen,” Wells said. “Maube this is the start of something special.”