2018 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Rodeo on July 7th & 8th, 2017 starts at 7 PM. Gates open at 4 PM
Big Hat World Championship Rodeo action with 8 exciting events including Bareback Riding, Cowgirls Barrel Racing, and the rodeos most popular and dangerous event, BULL RIDING!
Come Early and Stay Late…Hilarious, family-friendly clowns, kids games, great food & drinks, vendors, terrific music and FUN for the whole family. Food and Beer Garden will be available!
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Tickets are now available at many local business’ Yorkville at Roadhouse Country Bar and Grill and Rosati’s Pizza, Sandwich at Just In Time Heating and Air Conditioning, Oswego at The Garden Faire and at Aurora, Millbrook, Newark, and Plano at the Heartland Bank locations also in Aurora and Cicero at Sanchez Bros Western Ware Locations or below!
Please bring your EVENT SPROUT barcode receipt on the day of the rodeo as proof of purchase to claim your tickets
Ticket Pre-sales will end Thursday, July 6, at 5 pm. Tickets will still be available on the day of the rodeo, but pre-sale discounts will no longer apply. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
Schedule of Events:
- Opening Ceremony
- Prayer & National Anthem
- Grand Entry
- Bareback Riding
- Specialty Act
- Steer Wrestling
- Kids Boot Scootin’ Boogie
- Team Roping
- Specialty Act
- Saddle Bronc Riding
- Tie Down Roping
- Intermission/Specialty Act
- Cowgirls Barrel Racing
- Specialty Act
- Bull Riding
Bareback Bronc Riding
Bareback Bronc Riding was developed in the rodeo arena and has no basis in actual ranch work. Today is one of the rodeo’s most popular events. The cowboys ride with a doubled leather pad called a “rigging”. At the top of the rigging is a handhold similar to a suitcase handle that the cowboy puts his hand into.
There are no stirrups or reins in this event. The contest is for 8 seconds. The two judges mark the cowboy on a 1 to 25 point basis on how well he rides. Each judge also score the horse on the same basis on how well he bucks and how difficult it is to ride. A perfect effort by both horse and contestant would earn 100 points, which has only been reached once.
This event is often called “rodeo’s most physically demanding event” on a contestant and these cowboys are usually among the youngest in rode. Bareback Bronc Riding is a great, action packed way to begin a championship rodeo!
This event is one of the rodeos oldest. Although the arena version is strictly a contest of speed, calf roping, in essentially the same form, is still a very important part of the everyday life of the working ranch cowboy. For every second of action you see in the arena about 1000 hours of practice have taken place. A lot happens quickly when the roper nods his head to call for the calf to be released. Even though this event is very complicated a great roper can complete a money-winning run in about 8 seconds. Watch the talent of the ropers as they exhibit horsemanship, timing skill with a rope, strength, and a host of other athletic abilities.
But, more than the roper “watch the horses”! They rate the speed of the calf, slide to a stop on cur, and back up fast to keep the rope taut. How well these animals work makes all the difference between a winning a losing run. You’ll understand why Calf Roping is “rodeo’s precision event” when you see these cowboys and their outstanding horses in competition!
Saddle Bronc Riding
Saddle Bronc Riding is known as “rodeo’s classic event” and it is the image that comes to mind most often when the word rodeo is mentioned. The event annually attracts fewer contestants than any other event, primarily because it is the most difficuly to master and one of the most dangerous. The cowboys ride special bronc saddles that look somewhat like western saddles withou the saddle horn.
With one hand the bronc rider holds onto a braided rein, called a “bronc rein” that is fastened to the horses halter. From gate to whistle, a bronc rider will try to spur his mount with a forward then backward motion from the horses’ mane to the cantle of the saddle. The more the cowboy spurs, the higher his score will be. Riders rely upon balance, timing and the rhythm of the bucking horse to make a money-winning ride. The saddle broncs are scored, like the cowboys, by the judges on their performance during the 8-second contest.
Although Steer Wrestling, often called Bull Dogging, was never used in real ranch work, it has one of the most unique origins in rodeo. The event began when black cowboy Bull Pickett jumped off of his horse onto an ornery steer in sheer frustration. Onlookers said that Pickett hung on just like a bulldog and so the event was named. Although cowboys have eliminated Pickett’s tooth hold, the practice has evolved into the modern Steer Wrestling event.
The steer wrestler’s helper, called a “hazer”, keeps the steer running in a straight line. All the contestant has to do is jump off his running horse onto the head and horns of a running 600 pound steer, stop the animal, and when he gets that done, throw the steer onto his side so that his head and all 4 legs are pointing in the same direction. The horses have been clocked at speeds in excess of 35 mph. All of this usually takes just a few seconds and most rodeos are won with times in the 4-second range. A mere half-second can separate the winners from also-rans. This two-man team event is referred to as “rodeo’s fastest event”.
Cowgirls Barrel Racing
Before Women’s Lib became a household phrase and a cigarette commercial told women just how far they’d come, women had successfully infiltrated professional rodeo. This three-cornered contest of speed is “rodeo’s ladies-only event” known as Cowgirls Barrel Racing. The event is simple in scope. A course is laid out using three 55-gallon drums as markers. The cowgirl races her horse in a cloverleaf pattern around the course and is timed during her journey; the fastest time wins. The only penalty possible is a 5-second one should the contestant know over a barrel. The only disqualification is for going off course. Barrel racing horses, often veterans of the race-track, are extremely difficult to train.
They have to be taught to run flat out, collect themselves, turn 660 degrees, and then do it twice more, in a different direction. Because of the difficulty in finding a horse with these characteristics of speed, agility, and train-ability, barrel horses will often change owners for high five figure prices. Barrel Racing ranks just behind bull riding in number of fans. This fast, colorful and daring event really dramatizes the true meaning of horsemanship!
The Sportscasters of America have named Bull Riding the “Most Dangerous Sporting Event in America”. In addition it has long been “rodeo’s most popular event”.
It is easy to see why. The bulls are fast, powerful, and will often weigh in excess of 2000 pounds. They are cat quick and much more agile than any other animal of their size. Most bulls have a loose hide, which rolls from side to side, making it difficult to stay aboard. The contestant average 150 pounds.
The rules are simple. The cowboy must stay on for 8 seconds without touching himself or the bull with his free hand. He can only hold onto a flat braided rope approximately one inch wide that is pulled tight around the bull, just behind his shoulders. Couple these factors with the kicking, twisting, and spinning action that comes so naturally to these animals and it is easy to see why so any bulls are tried and so few are ridden for 8 seconds.