His passion and support helped grow the Ada Rodeo into the third largest in America

Kenneth Lance was born in 1928 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma. He grew up to be a trick roping performer, as well as a rodeo promoter. After retiring from the rodeo, he began working for the Chickasaw Nation, using his experience to help promote events, culture and history.

Lance was one of the most visible participants in rodeo, crisscrossing the nation from 1945 onwards. In 1955, he opened the Ken Lance Sports Arena near Ada, Oklahoma.

Kenneth was a dedicated constituent to rodeo entertainment. This drive and determination helped the Ada rodeo grow to be the third largest in the United States. Kenneth Lance died in 2006.


  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Worldwide roping performer