An overview of what fun filled Rodeo is all about
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Rodeo is a traditional folk North American sport with influences
from the history of Mexican vaqueros (cowboys) and American
What Events are Held at a Rodeo?
Rodeo events include:
Rodeo Rough Stock Events:
bareback bronc riding
saddle bronc riding
Rodeo Timed Events:
The participants include cowboys, cowgirls and also rodeo clowns
or bull fighters.
The oldest and largest sanctioning body of professional rodeo is
the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) which sanctions
around 700 rodeos annually. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is
a recent organization dedicated to Bull Riding and puts on a
number of events. There are also high school rodeos, amateur
rodeos, and rodeos for women. Some colleges, such as the
University of Montana have a rodeo team. The National
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association is responsible for the College
National Rodeo Finals. Also available is the National High School
Rodeo Association NHSRA. This organization offers internationally
competitive rodeo to high school students.
There are numerous rodeos held throughout the United States and
Canada. Among the more prominent are the Calgary Stampede;
Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming; the National Western Stock
Show in Denver; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston,
Texas; and the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The NFR is held each December at the Thomas & Mack Center and
features the top 15 competitors (in terms of earnings) from each
of the events. In 2003, it is estimated that attendance at the 10
days of the National Finals Rodeo will top more than 170,000 with
another 9 million people watching the rodeo on television.
Rodeo first appeared as an exhibition Olympic sport at the 2002
Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Native Americans are active in rodeo and have their own associations.
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