Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 13-16 at Norris-Penrose Center

       The 71st annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will burst out of the chute Wednesday evening, July 13 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, with nightly performances continuing through Saturday, July 16, plus a Saturday matinee performance.

Josh Region of the Chesser Ranch in New Mexico finished out of the money in the Ride for the Brand bronc riding event July 2.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The rodeo will offer the same features as it has in recent years, according to Norris-Penrose General Manager Bill Miller, meaning some 500 competitors will be vying for more than $200,000 in prize money. “There are 600 Pro Rodeo-sanctioned rodeos across the country, and ours is one of the top 25 or 30,” Miller said. The size of the purse, he predicted, will attract, as in past years, the top names on the Pro Rodeo circuit.
       Competition will be in steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, women's barrel racing and bull riding.
       Rodeo attendees will also again find a plethora of pre-rodeo activities in the Event Center outside the stadium. These will include state rodeo queens teaching roping tricks, “mutton-busting” (where children try to ride sheep), a mechanical bull and Indian dancing.
       Ticket prices for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo are between about $10 and $30, with discounts for children. For info about reserved seats, call the Norris-Penrose box office at 635-1101 x6.
       As has become traditional in recent years, Pikes Peak or Bust will closely follow the Ride for the Brand Rodeo, which was held July 2 at Norris-Penrose, featuring working cowboys from 11 ranches competing in six events and and attracting close to 3,000 spectators.
       The winning ranch was Crutch Ranch of Borger, Texas (located in the state's panhandle area).
       Rain was failling heavily until shortly before the event, but then the sun came out, and “it went back to a beautiful evening,” Miller said.

Westside Pioneer/press release