The history of the rodeo is a long-running and interesting story. Long before rodeos, the activities that make up a rodeo were an everyday part of life for a working ranch hand. Cowboys weren’t wrestling steers and tying cattle for sport, but rather to make a living and put food on the table. While each activity has its own roots, all the goings-on at the rodeo can be traced back to the early days in the wild west.
When people think of the rodeo, they often associate it with bull riding, rodeo clowns, and cowboys in denim and signature cowboy hats. However, if they had ever attended a real rodeo, they would see that there is so much more to rodeos than cowboys and bulls. At Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo, you will get the full experience of the many activities the rodeo offers, all in a fun and comfortable atmosphere.
Bull riding is the activity most closely associated with rodeos. There is something incredible and thrilling about watching a cowboy hang on for dear life as a massive bull tries to buck them off. Watching this event can be nerve-wrecking, and for good reason. The average bull being ridden is around 1,800 pounds or more. The strength and mass of these enormous animals are quite intimidating. But, as nervous as you may be for the cowboys, they feel right at home on the back of one of these beasts. Watching a cowboy swing and sway to get their eight-second ride out of a bull is truly mesmerizing. Although this is the most popular sport, there are many others that are daring and breathtaking.
As with most rodeo sports, the name says it all. Brave cowboys will take the bull by the horns, literally, and try their best to wrestle a steer to the ground. By approaching the steer on horseback, the cowboy will maneuver his way around to the horns of the steer. This allows him to grasp the horns and force the animal to the ground. When comparing the size of a man to a steer, you would think there is no way that the wrestling match could end well for a cowboy. However, these people are highly-trained and incredibly agile. With immense strength and a lot of talent, you will watch as they overtake an animal nearly 10 times their size. If that doesn’t get your heart racing, nothing will.
Calf roping is a practice that is still done on ranches for a good purpose. Roping cattle is the best way to brand or tag them for identification. It is also a good way to restrain the animal for necessary checks and procedures. This necessary practice is done with a flair for rodeo shows. The cowboys are on horseback during this event. They will select their calf from a group of cattle that is released. After they have used their rope to catch the calf, they dismount their horse and tie it up. They must do this as fast and accurately as possible to secure a good time and score. Watching this event is intense and will have you cheering as loud as you can for the competitors.
Breaking horses is something that has been done since well before the west was settled. As horses were brought to the land, it was important to break in new and wild horses. Since horses are used for many important tasks, a skilled bronco buster is invaluable. In the bronco riding competitions, cowboys try their best to mount and ride wild bucking broncos. Cowboys can do this event either bareback or with a saddle. Obviously, bare back is more challenging, but both are wildly entertaining to watch. Bronco riding is one of the most popular events at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. Many enjoy watching as cowboys perform a task that has deep historical roots and requires true grit, skill, and determination.
Barrel racing is the ultimate sport of skilled horseback riders. This fast-paced, exhilarating competition shows what true skill and sportsmanship is. Barrel racing is a timed race where riders must maneuver their horses while going at an extremely quick pace. The horse and rider must make their way around three barrels and, to win, they must have the fastest time. The horse and rider must be agile and efficient together. Being in the crowd at Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo for this exciting event will be unforgettable.
Get in on the action
If you would rather be a part of the action than to sit in the crowd, Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo has terrific activities for you to be part of the rodeo. Both adults and children can exercise their inner cowboy during the trip. If you are looking to test your bravery, strength, and skill, bull riding or sheep riding is the perfect opportunity to do it.
Adults can test their western skill by mounting a bull. Sign up for this event by 5:00 pm on the day of the rodeo, and have the experience of a lifetime. Bull riding is a demanding, sometimes dangerous, sport. Climbing on the back of a massive bull is not for the faint of heart. If you are rearing to show off your cowboy skill at Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo, bull riding is the perfect chance to do it.
Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo even has exciting activities for children. Younger kids can strap on a helmet and hop on the back of a sheep. They’ll have so much fun trying to hang on, and it’s always a laugh for the crowd, as well. Let the little ones burn off some energy and have a unique and memorable experience.
Admission and ticket prices
Starting on May 27th, on Wednesday through Saturday every week, you have the chance to experience the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. The rodeo opens at 7:00 pm Utah time each night. Of all the things to do in Bryce Canyon, this will be one of the most exciting experiences you’ll have during your trip.
Tickets can be purchased either at the Best Western Ruby’s Inn lobby or at the entrance gate to the rodeo. Your ticket will grant you admission to the rodeo grounds, but there will be other events and products you may want to purchase once you arrive.
Ticket price for general admission for adults is $12.00. For children 5 years old to 11 years old, tickets cost $8.00. Currently, children under 5 do not require a ticket.
The Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo provides so much entertainment for an incredibly low price. You will have a full night of exciting entertainment that you will never forget.
Saddle up and head to Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo
Whether you want to be a spectator, or want to unleash your inner cowboy, Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo will be the experience of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy the show as cowboys demonstrate what it means to be a rugged westerner. Cheer for the cowboys as they race around barrels on horseback or tie down a calf in record time. You will be amazed at how much fun you will have, and how many memories you will make, when you visit Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo.