Newsworthy

Down here on The Ranch, we’re passionate about our Rodeo. So we’re excited to share our knowledge, stories and history with the world. Browse the articles below to get the full scoop on the weekend-long event, and find out what makes us tick.

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18th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Wows Audiences

Visitors from near and far packed the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Center at San Juan Capistrano to see contestants participate in feats of skill and stamina for the 18th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo.

The audience cheered and clapped as cowboys maintained their composure on bulls and horses that leapt high into the air, or when one of those cowboys roped off a calf in seconds.

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Bucking up for a good time at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

This was the 18th year for the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, which has raised millions for San Juan Capistrano charities. This year’s two-day event, which featured the pro-rodeo competitions, activities for families, entertainment and a shopping area, benefited organizations such as CHOC at Mission Hospital and J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, officials said.

 
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A Lesson in Street Roping: Shea Center Summer Campers Learn New Skill from the Cowboys of Rancho Mission Viejo

A group of children enthusiastically gathered around Rancho Mission Viejo ranch cowboys Gilbert Aguirre, Brent Freese and John Frank as they skillfully spun their lassos in the air at The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center on Thursday, Aug. 16.

 
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A Slice of Ranch Life in South Orange County
RMV Rodeo returns with competition, concert and vendors

Visitors to the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano will be able to travel back to a time when Orange County was dotted with ranches and cowboys roamed the land during the 18th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo. From watching the competition to shopping the event’s various vendors, there will be lots to do.

 
 
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Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo features action, food, music, charity and Cowboy Heritage

Whether you’re a hardcore rodeo fan or you’ve never been to one, this weekend’s is the one to see. Why not mosey over to the 17th annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo and have a look?

Thirty of the top talents from the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association will compete Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, in a charity event designed to celebrate Orange County’s cowboy heritage.

 
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Ride 'em, Cowboy! 17th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Raises Funds, Celebrates Heritage...

Top performers from the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association put on a show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, at the 17th annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, a charity event designed to celebrate Orange County’s cowboy heritage.

Fans from all over Orange County watched participants from such places as Cowley, Wyoming, Checotah, Oklahoma, Keatchie, Louisiana and Goondiwindi, Australia compete in Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Tie-Down Roping.

 
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World's Top Cowboys Compete in 17th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

The 17th annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo took place Aug. 26-27 at the RMV Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. Lauded as the “richest two-day rodeo in the world,” this year’s event awarded $175,000 in prize money. Each year, the top 30 cowboys travel to San Juan to compete in each of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events: Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping.

 
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Tim Bingham Caps Strong Stretch with Title

After winning three times in July, Bingham took two more this weekend, cappe off by winning Sunday when he rode the Cervi Brothers’ Hammer Time for 88 points at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo.

Bingham, who entered the weekend in seventh place in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, picked up another $7,924 at the Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano.

“I had an almost identical week to last year,” he said. “… I don’t know what’s going on. It seems to be the last couple, few years, I have a lot of luck this week. I’m not complaining, I like it.”

 
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Keeping Cowboy Culture Alive...

It’s that time of year again, when South Orange County residents don their hats and boots and get in touch with the cowboy way of life.

 
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San Juan Capistrano caters to cowboys in high society style

Putting on a truly great rodeo is a Labor of Love for any committee. The cost—in man hours, headaches, financial commitment and sweat—is almost immeasurable. But such extra efforts don’t go unnoticed, by the cowboys or the fans. San Juan Capistrano is old ranching country on the California Coast that has evolved into a high-society beach community. A cowboy by the name of Gilbert Aguirre has taken on the task of making sure San Juan’s rodeo and ranching roots that beat inside his own heart are not lost. His personal Labor of Love that’s behind the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is not lost on the cowboys or the sellout crowds...