The doctor is in the house
Clearwater native oversees animal health during annual rodeo
July 1, 2021
It's the final night of competition at Clearwater's 54th annual Big Rodeo.
Dr. Melissa Heithold pulls into Gene Snodgrass Arena, parks her vehicle and unloads the three young cowboys - her sons Blake, Travis and Austin - who were buckled in the back seat.
"They're mutton busting tonight."
Once the youngsters have grasped on to a sheep, are being tossed into dirt and receive a buck and candy coupon from the rodeo queen, Heithold transitions from mom mode to doctor.
For approximately a dozen years, Heithold has kept stock used in the competition healthy and ready for performances.
She is no...