Summer’s rodeo season is upon us. Whether you’re looking for a road trip adventure, a local rodeo or even a vacation to Las Vegas in December, below is a gathering of information, tips and links to help you plan your rodeo visit.
If you’re a trivia nut, you might appreciate some nuggets of rodeo facts from Megan Winterfeldt at the the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- The first Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo was held on September 23, 1897, and netted $26.12. The 2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days spanned 10 performances and netted almost $1.5 million.
- Rodeo celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019. The first rodeo was hosted in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado. The winner was Englishman Emilnie Gradenshire, and he won a new suit of clothes.
- It takes 1,200 tons of dirt to create the 12- to 15-inch depth on the arena floor at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It takes an additional 800 tons to create the stalls and stock pens outside the arena.
- Trevor Brazile is the winningest cowboy ever, with 24 PRCA world championships. He is followed by Guy Allen, with 18, and Jim Shoulders, with 16.
- There have been 326 inductees in The ProRodeo Hall of Fame since the museum was opened in 1979. These include both two- and four-legged contestants.
- The 1973 film The Great American Cowboy directed by Keith Merrill focused on the All-Around Gold Buckle race between Larry Mahan and Phil Lyne, both Hall of Fame inductees. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary