The Rodeo Experience: June 28 to July 4
Located at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds
Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. presents the 131st annual World’s Oldest Rodeo® at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Since 1888, this traditional event has occurred annually over the 4th of July weekend with eight breath-taking performances.
Timed and Judged Events:
The World’s Oldest Rodeo® is endorsed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and proudly presents the following rodeo events during each performance.
PRESENTED BY COORS
This pageantry is the kick-off to our rodeo performances with over 70 mounted-riders, many carrying flags representing sponsors, enter the arena in a serpentine style. The grand entry is used to introduce some of the competitors, officials, and sponsors and has been a tradition since 1920.
A form of horseback riding without a saddle. This event requires skill, balance, and coordination, as the rider does not have any equipment to compensate for errors of balance or skill. The rider must stay on for at least 8 seconds to make a qualified ride. The horse is judged by the degree of difficulty he provides for the cowboy with a maximum of 50 points, as mentioned above. The cowboy is judged on style, control, and length of to-and-fro spur stroke with a maximum of 50 points. Total possible points of 100.
Team roping consists of two ropers; the header ropes the steer and turn the steer to allow the heeler to rope the back legs of the steer. This event requires close cooperation and timing between two skilled ropers. The team must perfect their timing, both as a team and with their respective horses for a qualified ride. The quickest time wins the round.
WILD HORSE RACE
Wild Horse Race
Three-man bronc riding team (consisting of a shankman, mugger and a rider) who must contain a 1200-pound un-broke horse with a halter and lead shank. The cowboys must bring the horse to a stop, control the animal’s actions long enough to cinch down a saddle and get the rider on and back to the finish line.
The goal of this timed event is for the rider to catch the calf by throwing a loop from a rope around its neck, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and restrain it by tying three legs together, in as short a time as possible.
WOMENS BARREL RACING
This event brings the women to our rodeo. It consists of a cowgirl, her horse, three barrels and a stopwatch. The objective is to ride in a clover leaf pattern around the barrels without knocking them over and the fastest time to wins the round.
Steer-Wrestling (a.k.a. Bull-dogging)
While horseback, the steer wrestler must chase a steer down the arena jump from the horse and wrestle the steer to the ground in the shortest possible time.
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
Saddle Bronc Riding
Saddle Bronc riding is rodeo's classic event. It's an 8-second contest. The cowboy must keep both feet in the stirrups, one hand on the bronc rein and one hand in the air. The cowboy's free hand cannot touch the animal, the equipment or himself. That would mean disqualification. The horse is judged by the degree of difficulty he provides for the cowboy with a maximum of 50 points, as mentioned above. The cowboy is judged on style, control, and length of to-and-fro spur stroke with a maximum of 50 points. Total possible points of 100.
A rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a 2,000+ pound bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck off the rider. In the American tradition, the rider must stay atop the bucking bull for eight seconds to count as a qualified ride. The bull is judged by the degree of difficulty he provides for the cowboy with a maximum of 50 points, as mentioned above. The cowboy is judged on style and control with a maximum of 50 points. Total possible points of 100.
These talented performers are a part of every rodeo performance and you are sure to be entertained!
Photo Credit to Miller Photo (chute4u.com).
Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. is a prestigious and nostalgic rodeo partly because of these two rodeo legends who are a large part of our rodeo production.
Harry Vold Company - Stock Contractor
The Harry Vold Rodeo Company is the most widely recognized, most publicized and most televised Rodeo Livestock Contracting Firm on the planet.
Harry Vold was born in 1924 on a ranch just outside of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Ninety years later, he is still running one of the largest stock contracting companies in North America. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company, now based in southern Colorado, produces rodeos in seven states annually and also provides bucking stock for over 100 rodeo performances each year, Vold is one of only two stock contractors to provide stock to all 54 National Finals Rodeos.
Randy Corley - RODEO Announcer
Randy Corley is one of the rodeo's best known personalities and was recently named PRCA's rodeo announcer of the year for the 12th time. He has been the voice of the World's Oldest Rodeo for almost four decades.
Corley was once a bareback and bull rider at amateur rodeos more than 30 years ago, he enjoyed the thrills of competition, but his natural talent is in announcing. As a result of his firsthand knowledge and mega-personality, Corley has achieved unprecedented results and honors around the country.