Rodeo is a way of life, not just in Cody, but across Wyoming. Many of the rodeo events take place throughout the summer, with Cody’s nightly rodeo running from the start of June to the end of August. If this is your first rodeo, then you’re in for a treat. Here’s a guide to some of the events you might see.
It’s man against horse in the bareback riding competition. The rider has spurts and must stay on for eight seconds. Control is key at this event as well as at saddle bronc riding, another classic rodeo event. Two of the events that date back to the early history of rodeo are calf roping and steer wrestling, skills that were essential for cowboys in the Old West. In this event, riders have to get the rope on the calf from horseback, then dismount and get three legs tied. Steer wrestling, also called bulldogging, came to fame through American cowboy Bill Picket around 75 years ago.
If you’re new to rodeo then consider taking part in steer riding and novice barrel racing. These are good ways to learn the skills without too much danger. The only women’s rodeo event is barrel racing – the women navigate a course on horseback for a timed event.
When you think of rodeo, you probably think about jumping on the back of a bull and hanging on for dear life. Bull riding is one of the most exciting and popular rodeo events. These bulls are heavy and they can get riled up, so not only do riders have to hang on for at least eight seconds, they also have to make a quick getaway when they finally fall off. This is usually the last event of the rodeo, and it’s a thrill a minute.