August 24, 2019
Gates Open at 1:00 p.m.
Entertainment & Vendor Area: 1:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 3:45 p.m.
Rodeo Begins: 4:00 p.m.
Concert/Dance Begins: 6:00 p.m.
Band: Big City Hillbilly
August 25, 2019
Gates Open at 11:30 A.m.
Entertainment & Vendor Area: 11:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 1:15 p.m.
Rodeo Begins: 1:30 p.m.
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
One of the oldest events, the roots of Saddle Bronc Riding reach back to the Old West when Ranch Hands would show off their style riding unbroken horses. In the modern event the rider attempts to win style points while staying on a bucking horse for a maximum of eight seconds. Judges consider the horse’s bucking action, the cowboy’s spurring action and his control of the horse.
Like Saddle Bronc riding, the first thing a Bareback rider has to do is “mark out” the horse. Both spurs must touch the horse above the point of its shoulders when it makes its first jump from the chute. If the rider misses that mark—he’s disqualified. No saddle, no stirrups — just cowboy with a leather rigging in one hand and eight seconds of wild action.
As in all riding events, half the score is based on the rider’s performance and the other half is based on the bull’s efforts to throw him before the buzzer sounds. Bull riding is fast, physical and dangerous. Adding to the challenge: the cowboy must hold on with one hand. If his free hand touches the bull or himself, he’s out of the running.
Known as the “big man’s event,” a Steer Wrestler (or Bulldogger) needs brawn and brains to compete successfully. The steer gets a head start before the Bulldogger on horseback races after him, slides down the side of his horse, grabs the running steer and wrestles him to the ground. A timed event, the clock stops when the steer is on his side with all four legs pointing in the same direction.
TIE DOWN ROPING
This is a beautiful display of teamwork between a cowboy and his horse. Luck of the draw comes into play, too. A spirited calf can thwart the best cowboys. After a head start, the mounted cowboy gives chase, ropes the calf, jumps off his horse and ties any three of the animal’s legs together. When he completes his tie, he remounts and allows the rope to go slack. If the calf kicks free within six seconds, the roper is disqualified.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss one of the fastest events in rodeo. A two-man, two-horse team of Header and Heeler work with choreographed precision to chase down a speeding steer. The Header ropes him around his protected horns, neck or a partial horn-neck catch, then turns the steer to the left so the Heeler can rope its hind feet. The run is done when the Team Ropers’ horses are facing each other on opposite sides of the secured steer.
For other Rodeo events and to learn more, visit the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.