The American Rodeo
This beloved American classic is a large compilation of various different events that represent the working life of the cowboy like team roping, bronc riding and calf roping with feats of cowboy daring thrown into the rendition like steer wrestling, bull riding, and bronc riding. All these events are to be timed or scored by judges with ribbons, trophies or prize money for the winning contestants.
An American Classic
The Rodeo we know today was derived from the lifestyles of the working cowboy when at the end of their long cattle drives they would gather together for competitions of the best bucking horse rider, roper, etc. These events became sponsored during the late 1800s to promote the open range cattle industry by having wild west “cowboy tournaments”. Eventually the “tournaments” became recognized for the athleticism and sportsmanship demonstrated during these events and was considered a sport. Although the development of these activities as a sport was mainly amongst northern Mexico, the United States and western Canada, the sport of rodeo is world-wide.