RODEO! IT’S STILL THE WILD WEST TO US
See you at the rodeo!
Brahma bulls, bucking broncos and a taste of the old West. Rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole since the first settlers arrived, and no vacation to Jackson would be complete without experiencing the rodeo firsthand. Jackson’s rodeo grounds are a ten-minute walk from Snow King Hotel and Grand View Lodge, and the lassos fly every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months.
NEVER BEEN TO THE RODEO BEFORE?
HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT
Bareback Bronc Riding
One of the most physically demanding events in the rodeo, cowboys ride the bucking horse one-handed. They cannot touch or hang onto anything with their free hand. The rider must stay on the horse in the proper technique for 8 full seconds in order for the ride to even be judged.
Saddle Bronc Riding
A rodeo participant rides a horse (often called a bronc or bronco) that attempts to throw or buck off the rider. Bronc riding is a skill a cowboy had to have when working a ranch.
Rider, meet bull. And hang on, because these fearsome beasts don’t like to be ridden. Bullfighters, also popularly known as rodeo clowns, stay near the bull in order to aid the rider if necessary. When the ride ends, either intentionally or not, the clowns distract the bull to allow the rider to reach safety.
A rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time.
Also known as tie-down roping, this event features a calf and a horse-mounted rider. The goal of this timed event is for the rider to catch the calf by throwing a loop of rope around its neck, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and restrain it by tying three legs together, in as short a time as possible.
A variation of calf roping: the calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. Once the rider ropes the calf, the horse and rider stop and the rope is tied to the saddle horn with a string. When the calf hits the end of the rope, the rope is pulled tight and the string breaks. The breaking of the string marks the end of the run. The fastest run wins.
Also known as heading and heeling, this event features a steer and two mounted riders. The first roper is referred to as the “header,” the person who ropes the front of the steer, usually around the horns. The second is the “heeler,” who ropes the steer by its hind feet. Team roping is the only rodeo event where men and women compete equally in professionally sanctioned competition, in both single-gender or mixed-gender teams. A successful professional-level team takes between 4 and 12 seconds to stretch the steer, depending on the length of the arena.