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. The festivities start with a cowboy social hour near the horse barn. Enjoy beverages and snacks and get the chance to mingle with the rodeo athletes prior to the event. Then, watch from the stands as cowboys ride bucking broncos or rope galloping steers. 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 on the Buckle Barn lawn for a rodeo barbeque.