July 21-30, 2023


Rodeo 101

100% Action!

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 1800s, folks have enjoyed the thrill of witnessing everyday ranch skills turned into high-level competition. These contests are challenging, daring feats, and tests of true grit that was 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 —

  • ROUGH-STOCK EVENTS (bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding)
  • TIMED EVENTS (team and tie-down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing)

Roughstock Events

High score wins     8 Seconds on Bucking Animal     One Hand Only

A contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his and the animal’s performance, and the higher the better. To earn a 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 bucking chutes in front of the East Stand.

Learn more about each of these rough stock events:

The Rodeo: Bareback Riding

  • July 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena

The Rodeo: Saddle Bronc Riding

  • July 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena

The Rodeo: Bull Riding

  • July 23-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena

Timed Events

Fast Time Wins     Roping, Wrestling, and Barrel Racing

In roping and wrestling events, calves and steers are allowed a 30-foot head start before the contestant leaves the box 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 i requires true partnership between horse and rider, as they navigate around 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. Barrel Racing is run from the north end of the arena.

Learn more about each of these timed events:

The Rodeo: Steer Wrestling

  • July 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena

The Rodeo: Tie Down Roping

  • July 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena

The Rodeo: Team Roping

  • July 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena

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 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena


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.