Top 10 Rodeos in the USA

Best Rodeos

There’s nothing better than throwing on a good pair of boots and watching one of the most dangerous events around – the rodeo. Each year comes with a spectacular array of rodeo events you’d kick yourself in the rear for missing, but a very prominent question we get tends to be, “which ones are the best ones to see?” Well here’s a list of the top ten rodeos we feel are the best of the best; from singular rodeo events to full on jamborees we guarantee you’ll have a good time no matter which of these you attend!

10. The Reno Rodeo – Reno, NV

Saddle up and head to The Reno Rodeo for this 10 day event acclaimed as the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!

Like most other rodeos this one features many events to keep the whole family involved – even if the main rodeo attractions aren’t up their alley. The featured Cowboy Church has you covered for some away-from-home Sunday worship should you so choose.

You can take a look at the full list of events at the website listed below; so see for yourself just how incredible The Reno Rodeo is year after year.

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9. Prescott Frontier Days: World’s Oldest Rodeo – Prescott, AZ

Featuring eight world-class rodeo performances, the 188-year-old “World’s Oldest Rodeo” will be holding it’s 129th annual Fourth of July celebration!

This rodeo features wild horse races, an arts and crafts show as well as a kiddie parade; it never fails to bring a smile on the faces of the whole family. Anyone looking for a special night out with their significant other can even attend the Rodeo Dance!

For a more detailed list of activities and prices, see the event website below!

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8. Greeley Stampede – Greeley, CO

Each summer you can experience everything that the Greeley Stampede has to offer.

From rodeos and barrel events to a demolition derby and more – there’s guaranteed to be something for the entire family to see.

Even if someone coming along isn’t a big fan of rodeo themselves, there’s still the parade and the fireworks! Check out the detailed list of all upcoming events and ticket prices below.

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7. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, TX

For those of us unlucky enough to have never attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, it’s quite possibly one of the best rodeos to take your family to in Texas.

Filled with rodeos and events, the full celebration even has concerts and a carnival you can take the kids to for a day (or days) of fun and excitement.

In early spring you can experience a full slew of activities designed to keep you entertained! You can find all the information about this rodeo you need below:

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6. Pendleton Round-Up – Pendleton, OR

This is one rodeo designed to bring more of a Native American background to the audience.

Rest assured that the rodeo itself is amazing, but the addition of some light history is always fun to both see and hear. This is one rodeo event you’d definitely want to take the kids along to! For those that enjoy this true Midwestern feel, you can attend this year from September 14th through the 17th.

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5. Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo – Davie, FL

Finally, an event not being held in the Midwest makes it to our top ten list with the Davie Pro Rodeo in Davie, Florida. If you’re a true fan of rodeo then this is the one you want to see! While there are plenty of vendors with a great assortment of foods, there’s little more up the avenue of kids.

There is an upside though, rodeo events are held here throughout the year, so even if you miss one there’s still more right around the corner!

For ticket prices and other information about the Davey Pro Rodeo, you can find it on their website below.

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4. Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY

If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending what’s been called “The Daddy of ‘Em All,” don’t worry! It’s an annual event filled with fun for the whole family, so even if you miss one year you’ll still be able to meet the next. This year it runs from July 22nd-31st (2016).

This rodeo is 10 days long filled with all the normal rodeo activities as well as a carnival for the kids, but there’s still plenty for the adults! Ten full days of activities, events, concerts, beer and some really juicy turkey legs will keep you coming back year after year for the premiere rodeo of the Midwest.

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3. Ellensburg Rodeo – Ellensburg, WA

Here’s an old rodeo that’s host to a slew of events on top of the existing fair that takes place at the same time. Ellensburg Rodeo lasts for five days and is generally held in the beginning of September every year.

If you’re looking for a great rodeo to take the whole family to – this is it. Opening with a parade, the Kittitas County Fair and even hosting the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour, Ellensburg is on a lot of “Must See” lists!

If you would like to see a detailed list of events and prices check out the links below.

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2. National Finals Rodeo – Las Vegas, NV

Can you imagine Las Vegas with a more Western feeling? All the fun of the normal nightlife mixed with some good old-fashioned country themes make this one of the best rodeos you could attend in the US. Even if you’re not going for the main events, they still host other free shows you could see just by being in Vegas.

For ten days you’ll be witness to what’s been called the Super Bowl of rodeos, the National Finals Rodeo.

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1. National Western Stock Show & Rodeo – Denver, CO

For 110 years now the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo has been attracting people across the globe to it’s events. The entire thing lasts closer to a full month than a matter of days and is filled with fun for the whole family.

From parades and live music to plenty of good food and great drinks you’ll be remiss to skip out on the best rodeo in the United States!

Starting in January this massive event will feature nearly 30 rodeos throughout the month – not including the horse shows, agricultural trade shows as well as the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows.

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A History of Bull Riding

The History of Bull Riding

Eight seconds doesn’t really sound like a long time, does it? Well, if you find yourself clinging to the back of a gigantic, angry bull, then it suddenly feels a lot longer. That’s what bull riders face today, and it’s incredibly impressive when they’re able to muscle through the challenge successfully.

You’ve probably spent quite a few hours in a country music bar with some bull riding on TV, and maybe you’ve even watched it live at a rodeo or competition. But, do you really know the history of the sport? C’mon now partner, it’s required knowledge for all cowboys and cowgirls!

The History of Bull Riding

Good to Know: Difference Between a Bull and a Steer

Before we hop on the bull, it’s a good idea to be clear about some terminology. The difference between a bull and a steer is old knowledge for true ranchers, but you might not know it if you grew up in a city. But, don’t worry! There’s still time to learn.

A bull and a steer can both start out as the same species, but they head down different paths at an early age in life. Steers are castrated in their youth, and this prevents them from being used for breeding. The main reason for this is that they’re more calm and easier to manage, but their bodies develop more like that of the females because of the lack of testosterone. Bulls, though, are more aggressive, bigger, and stronger. They’re a lot to handle, but they can reproduce, give more meat (when slaughtered), and are ideal competitors to ride in a competition.

How People Started Riding Bulls

If you want to find the first person to hop on the back of an angry bull, you’d probably have to travel back to ancient times. On the other hand, you can look a lot closer if you want to find the birth of our modern sport. Charreadas were an old Mexican tradition where farmers and ranchers showed off their skills with the horses and other animals, and part of this was seeing how long they could hang on to a bull. Unfortunately, their earlier versions of bull riding didn’t end until the death of the cow, but it eventually changed to the more humane method of stopping when the animal got tired.

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Evolution of Bull Riding

By the middle of the 1800s, this sport had become quite popular in the farming areas of Texas and California. However, it also got the attention of lawmakers, and they passed a few laws to make sure it wasn’t creating a miserable life for the animals. This caused a change in the competitions, but the concept survived and evolved through the growth of Wild West Shows and rodeos. The rules slowly changed, but the basic concept has remained the same.

Colorado’s Own PBR

Rodeos have been popular around the country for many years, but it always seemed like the competitors on the backs of bulls were the center of the show. However, many of them felt that the traditional rodeo format was limiting the potential of the sport. So, the PBR, or Professional Bull Riders Inc, was started by a group of the best athletes in 1992, and it brought bull riding to the modern world. About 20 riders were sitting around thinking of ways to boost the sport, and they all chipped in $1,000 to start this organization. Now it has more organized competitions, better TV deals, and prizes worthy of the risk. It’s managed to take a concept started by ranchers and turn it into a must-see sporting event around the world.

Bull Riding

Animal Welfare

One of the big concerns about bull riding is that it’s abusive to animals. While it’s less relaxing than wandering through a grassy field, the modern sport takes quite nice care of the bulls. They become worth a lot of money if they’re a good competitor, so the owners are motivated to keep them healthy. Since the painful parts, such as electric cattle prods, are no longer allowed in major US competitions, the sport ironically is much more dangerous for the human competitors who can fall off.

Show Off Your Skills at the Grizzly Rose

Not everyone has the opportunity (or the courage) to hop on a bucking bull, but technology has stepped in to make sure the average rodeo fans still have a chance. Mechanical bulls have started popping up around the country, and the controllable speed of the fake bovine allows for anyone to take a ride.

Have you ever tried showing off your skills? Do you want to?

Come on down to the Grizzly Rose, and see if you can hang on to our mechanical bull. Don’t worry if you don’t turn out to be professional material, we have plenty of drinks and great country music to lift your spirits!