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Rodeo 101

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Learn the Ropes

Is this your first trip to the Rodeo? Well, you’re in for a treat! Since the first rodeos in America in the late 1800’s, folks have enjoyed the thrill of witnessing horse and cowboy teamwork, challenging, daring feats, and tests of true grit required to tame the wild west. Discover what happens at the rodeo, and learn what to expect from your Cheyenne Frontier Days PRCA Rodeo Experience!

Rodeo Event Types

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ rodeo action consists of three types of competitions —

  • ROUGHSTOCK EVENTS
  • TIMED EVENTS
  • RACING ON THE TRACK

Roughstock Events

Score based on Performance     8 Seconds on Bucking Animal     One Hand Only

In these events, a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his and the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking animal for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal, himself or any of his equipment with his free hand, he is disqualified. These events initiate from the 10 buckin’ chutes in front of the East Stand.

Learn more about each of these roughstock events:

The Rodeo: Bareback Riding

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

The Rodeo: Saddle Bronc Riding

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

The Rodeo: Bull Riding

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

Timed Events

Score based on Fastest Time     Roping, Wrestling, and Barrel Racing     Animals get 30ft Head Start

In roping and wrestling events, calves and steers are allowed a 30 foot head start, starting from the hand-pulled barrier at Chute 9 at the south end of the arena. A 10 second penalty is added for leaving the box early. Women’s Barrel Racing is the rodeo’s beauty event, where the fastest time wins. Barrel Racing requires true partnership between horse and rider, as they navigate around 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. Barrel Racing is run at the north end of the arena.

Learn more about each of these timed events:

The Rodeo: Steer Wrestling

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

The Rodeo: Tie Down Roping

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

The Rodeo: Team Roping

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

The Rodeo: Women’s Barrel Racing

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

Racing Events

First to Finish Line Wins!     Test of Teamwork     Thrills and Action

The Wild Horse Race is a thrilling rodeo event at which teams of cowboys compete to see which of them can be the first to saddle and ride one of the wild horses completely around the track. This event, full of thrills and action, is a perennial crowd favorite.

Learn more about Wild Horse Racing:

The Rodeo: Wild Horse Race

  • July 21-29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Arena
  • Tickets

AWARD WINNING

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ received the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Large Outdoor Rodeo Of The Year award for the sixteenth time overall, and eleventh consecutive time at the National Finals Rodeo awards banquet held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cheyenne Frontier Days has previously received the PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo Of The Year award in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.