Just like Montana itself, a rodeo has a Spanish origin coupled with vibrant Western heritage. Rodeos developed on working ranches where cowboys, or “vaqueros,” developed skills to manage cattle and horses, like roping, taming rough stock and herding. Modern rodeo events include team roping, break-away roping, pole bending, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.
The Ranch hosts a weekly summer rodeo in the Camp Roosevelt Arena, complete with professional cowboys and “rough stock” events. Sit on hay bales, snack on Flathead cherries and roasted peanuts and sip chilled beverages while you take in the scene. Watch cowboys ride a bucking bronco or rope a galloping steer. Cheer on your favorite wranglers as they race around the barrels and dash through poles. Events such as wheelbarrow races and boot tosses get the audience participating in the fun. After the show, meet the cowboys and cowgirls in the Blue Canteen for a rodeo barbeque.